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Robert Englund Puts Final Nail in Freddy Krueger’s Coffin

Robert Englund Puts Final Nail in Freddy Krueger’s Coffin

Robert Englund‘s portrayal as the A Nightmare On Elm Street boogeyman Freddy Krueger is among the greatest horror performances in history. It’s so iconic that it breathed new life into the slasher subgenre years after Friday the 13th and Halloween had already staked claim as horror champions. It’s because of Englund’s personal touch that it will be impossible to replace him, which proved true in the disappointing remake back in 2010.

In 2014, Englund appeared at Chicago’s Flashback Weekend and provided fans with a once-in-a-lifetime experience: he was fully decked out in Freddy makeup, allowing diehards to take photos with him as Krueger for the first time. It was also the last time he would ever do so, according to the actor. Still, with New Line Cinema working slowly on an Elm Street, and Blumhouse’s new Halloween providing evidence that you can go back to the original film canon, we’ve always sort of hoped deep down inside that maybe, just maybe Englund would put on the dirty-brown fedora one final time.

In a new interview with EW, Englund unfortunately puts the final nail in the coffin, citing his age as one of the many factors.

“I’m too old to do another Freddy now.

“If I do a fight scene now it’s got to be real minimal because I can’t snap my head for eight different takes and different angles,” he continued. “My spine gets sore. I can still be mean and scary, but I’m mostly relegated now to sort of Van Helsing roles, old doctors and s––. So it’s fun that the last moment of me ever playing Freddy is a wink to the audience.

The wink he’s referring to is at the end of Freddy vs. Jason (2003) in which Friday the 13th‘s Jason Voorhees brutalizes Freddy with his own glove before Lori Campbell (Monica Keena) decapitates him. Jason then drags Freddy’s head into Crystal Lake… but not before he could give the audience a little wink.

Englund may see the wink as a farewell, but to us horror fans it was a signal that he’s not dead yet, and would eventually return for another round with Jason or another group of teens in Springwood. This is inherently the biggest issue with Freddy vs. Jason not getting a sequel and New Line instead opting to remake the franchise – we never got to say goodbye properly, even if Englund is at peace with the way it concluded.

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“It’s like, I had a good run, I had a good time,” added Englund. “And no one plans for this in your career. When I was wearing tights and doing Shakespeare, I didn’t say I wanted to be famous for playing this boogeyman. Careers happen and one of the pieces of advice I give to people is I’m sure you’ll do a great pilot or you’ll do a little independent art movie and it won’t go anywhere and then you might do your Intern No. 3 on Grey’s Anatomy and that’s the one that becomes the huge hit. People just don’t know. And when you’ve survived as long as I have and you see that, you can be real happy that you got 20 years as Freddy Kruger, you know?”

So, just like that, Freddy vs. Jason became the final film in the Elm Street franchise. It’s also now carved into cement that, with the help of  Jason, Lori Campbell is the one who killed Freddy once and for all. I guess there’s something cathartic about that… what say you?



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151 Comments
  • Chip

    That’s fine. I’m pulling for Kevin Bacon as Freddy.

    • jasonlives1986

      Why?

      Last time bd ran an article on who could be Freddy it turned out to be the same dude who ended up getting the job.

      So perhaps it’s just another one of those

  • Rohan

    I think that’s a good death for him. The only one that can really kill him is another unstoppable killing machine. How about someone makes a new killer, or bring back someone from the olden days that didn’t get a sequel, like Cropsey, or maybe Terror Train guy.

    • Hockey Machete

      Don’t forget Eric Slater or The Miner/Harry Warden.

      • Saturn

        We horror fans know who they are, but a mainstream audience wouldn’t have a clue if it were Freddy Vs Eric.

  • MadCows

    I think we all already knew this.

  • Will Coors

    Ugh, I had the tinest bit of hope he would do one more but I totally understand, it’s just sad. While I would love more, I really only want to see Robert as Freddy to be honest. I mean I’m obviously open to new possibilities with the franchise but it’s definitely not the same as a guy in a mask and I’m not sure if anyone will ever fill Roberts shoes.

  • RedNeoCon

    Cant’ figure out these Hollywood motherfuckers. FvJ made bank, a sequel should have been a no-brainer. Instead, some asshole suits think the franchises should be rebooted. Why? Both Elm Street and the F13 remakes sucked major fucking ass.

    • Hockey Machete

      It made money, but New Line had a habit of acting like real cheapskates like they did with the idea of having Pinhead appear at the end, so I can only guess that Moustapha Akkad, or Dimension Films, wasn’t interested in handing Michael over to them.

      Why Leatherface couldn’t join the fun is anyone’s guess.

    • Charlie

      The F13 reboot wasn’t as bad the NOES reboot though. F13 at least got Jason right. Derek Mears was a fucking bad ass in that film.

      • ToryK

        Derek Mears is just badass, in general. Dude killed it in Dead Snow 2. Fucking METAL movie, and I’m not even into metal.

    • Evi

      FVJ made money, but mostly because it was a matchup people were looking forward to, the actual film wasn’t particularly well regarded by critics or fans. So I think they probably (rightfully) took the attitude of “phew, we got away with that one, lets not try our luck a second time around”.

      • RedNeoCon

        They go by box office returns, not critics. How do you think those Transformers films get made? They don’t hold high critic scores, they make hundreds of millions from people who have bad taste. FvJ was sorta tongue-in-cheek and knew what it was doing. They dropped the ball.

  • Lard

    Him not being Freddy wasn’t the problem with the reboot.

  • Hockey Machete

    That’s a real shame since I had always hoped there’d be a FvJII with Robert fighting Kane this time like it should have been in the first place, but if he gets to end his role of Freddy with a wink, I guess that’s a good way to go.

    Would still be cool if Robert could be Freddy in the Friday game as a bonus round for Jason, though since he wouldn’t have to do very much with motion capture.

  • Kyle Ord

    I never expected him to return

    Him not being in the reboot was the problem with it

    I think Kevin Bacon doing it would be epic

    • Saturn

      But would Bacon sign up for sequels – or would the next reboot have to be recast again?

  • nicholasmwalker

    I definitely never thought we would see Robert Englund as Freddy ever again anyway, so this article didn’t really bum me out too much. Personally i thought Jackie Earl Haley did a great job as Freddy, the fact that the movie wasn’t very good didn’t have anything to do with him in my opinion.

  • Grimphantom

    Duh obviously and we understand Englund that he can’t do stuff like Freddy anymore, especially when it comes to the likes of Freddy vs. Jason. The only way we can see Englund return as Freddy is in a video game or an animated cartoon based on the Nightmare on Elm Street series.

    • The headline says that Englund just put the final nail in the coffin but, in truth, he’s been saying this since before the 2010 remake. It’s unfortunate, especially since we will never get a proper sequel to Freddy vs. Jason with Englund coming face-to-face with Kane Hodder, but I think his reasons are entirely understandable. Even our favourite icons are, at the end of the day, human.

  • I believe he said the exact same thing several years ago. And can you blame him? He might not look like it, but he is currently 70 years old. This is one reason I think the Hellraiser and Friday the 13th films should go back to using Doug Bradley and Kane Hodder while they’re still available, because both actors are the definitive portrayals of their characters and neither of them are getting any younger.

    • J Jett

      WOW! i had no idea Englund was 70 years old!!! he looks pretty good for his age though!

      • Saturn

        Although Robert is a little old for Freddy now (for the reasons he explained) he’s at that perfect age for Dr Loomis.
        I know there’s been some kind of campaign online to get him the role – he’s be awesome in the role.

  • Barry Goldsbury

    He says he can still be “mean and scary”. Well, that’s good enough. It doesn’t have to be big or over the top like F Vs. J. Something along the lines of the first film. He can pull that off and have a stand in for other hard scenes.

    • I disagree. Even with CGI, the Freddy Kruger role requires a lot of energy. Robert Englund will undoubtedly go down as the greatest Freddy Kruger, but we sadly won’t be able to seem him as Freddy on the big screen again 🙁

  • Charlie

    It’s not like he is going to stop making films. In fact, he just released one recently. He just won’t be doing NOES films anymore. I can live with that.

  • Eddie Barsh

    Thank you Robert Englund for helping create the character of Freddy Krueger but I’m thankful that his time is up as Freddy. I don’t like comedy in horror, IMO it has no place. I want to see a film w great pace and characters and alot of gore and brutal kills. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, I think Jackie Earle Haley from the 2010 remake did a better job playing Freddy than Robert did. Sure the movie sucked, but Haley’s performance was much darker, scarier and he was more brutal

    • dukeblues

      You are very correct.

    • Spawn Bitch

      You sir are smoking crack, England’s the best period, if you love that serious Freddy, watch parts 1, 2 and 3, England’s super scary in all 3, plus super gory kills, England’s Freddy got comedic after part 3, like parts 4, 5 and 6, and 7 and in Freddy v Jason, all comedic, but still great film’s, I found Earls Freddy to be to stiff, he was to short, also Freddy should be tall, skinny and lanky like England, Earl was to short and stocky to pull off Freddy Kruger, Kevin Bacon should replace England, he’d be incredible, along with a solid script.

    • J Jett

      Eddie, i mostly agree w/ you regarding Englund’s Fredd Krueger in these films. i think the first film was the best because it was played way more seriously than the sequels were. i do (or i did…it’s been a million years since i’ve seen it) like part 3’s DREAM WARRIORS but i hated all the other sequels. the constant cheesy “jokes” coupled with the fact that there is NO WAY to actually permanently defeat Krueger kept me from ever really getting into this franchise.

    • Necro

      Ah Eddie, “I don’t like comedy in horror, IMO it has no place.” I have spoken those exact, and I mean those EXACT same words on here and got ripped apart! Thank You!

  • zonilo1 .

    Told ya everyone….

    It’s time to pass the torch.

  • dukeblues

    Too much comedy in the Robert Englund ANoES’s. Comedy is not scary.

  • J Jett

    i thought the possibility of Englund ever returning to the play the role of Krueger again was already dead and buried. personally i think they shouldn’t ever attempt to make another Elm St. movie again only because it’s impossible to bring a new Freddy Krueger incarnation to life that would please (i’m assuming) most Elm St. fans. i’ve never really liked these films (only the first film and Dream Warriors were any good IMO) so i’m open to a new actor playing the Krueger role but i don’t think the Elm St. masses would be happy (which i don’t blame them) with almost anyone replacing Englund.

    • Saturn

      Indeed, what’s to stop another character accidentally summoning the dream demons?
      Perhaps a teenager who’s constantly bullied at school, who calls out for help – and they listened……

      The Elm St franchise can continue without Freddy.

      • Necro

        What’s up Saturn? You got some good ideas! Why not do a fan-film similar to the ‘Never Hike Alone’ ‘Friday the 13th’ tribute?

        • Saturn

          A few years back I would’ve probably jumped all over the idea of making my own fan fiction movie – but, to be honest, I wouldn’t know where to start.
          It’s easy to have an idea about what you’d personally do – but without the necessary funds, others who share your vision etc you just find yourself posting a few ideas online and hope that others who read it “get it”, per se, and hopefully they are also passionate about what they consider “their” thing.

          I expect there are plenty of failing writers in Hollywood who have much better ideas for expanding existing franchises, or creating new ones, who never get the break they deserve. There are many more talented people out there than me who don’t get a shot – which is a shame really, as I expect that there are probably dozens (at least) of people who frequent BD (be they posters or not) who could come up with much more creatively original horror movies than what we get at the moment.
          The sad thing is that it seems that many horror script writers in the modern era don’t really have the love for the genre and are just phoning it in until they can make that Holocaust Survival movie they are begging for, for that damn Oscar!

          I’m just a horror fanboy sat behind a keyboard just putting things out there – how I’d like a franchise to go, how I’d create something new – I don’t expect anything to come of it. But, I do hope that I do inspire some of those “in the business” to think outside the box a bit, to actually take in what real (or what I consider real) horror fans actually want.
          Because really – how difficult is it to come up with an idea to get teenagers at Camp Crystal Lake with Jason turning up? Really?

          How difficult is it to come up with another “vengeance” style slasher movie with someone returning from the grave 10 years after they were killed by their bullies?

          It’s not frickin’ rocket science.

          • Necro

            I hear ya! If I had a couple million I’d put up the money! Seriously!

  • Freddy vs Jason was so underrated. A brilliant b-movie with slasher feeling. Englund was crealy having a ball with the material and some of the kills were terrific. I am impressed that they did not follow up with a sequel given that it was actually a big box office success

  • Dark Darth

    Im still going to hold out hope that he WILL play freddy again, he could do close ups and a double could do the action, I’m sure all it would take is a determined director and a good paycheck.

    • Saturn

      I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably say it again : Robert has recently been making a documentary about the Elm St movies, where he’s been in full make-up.
      I wouldn’t be tooooo surprised (and hope I’m correct) to find out that perhaps they’ve done a Phantasm and made a secret Elm St movie under some other title, all under wraps. Perhaps a final farewell, with the docu being a cover story…..
      There was talk about another Elm St reboot around about 12-18 months back, which was to be more in line with Dream Warriors – and then it went quiet. I wonder……..?

      • Necro

        I was curious about the ‘documentary’, any clue of a release date? Also that would be so cool if that’s what it really was, a new film shot in secret, similar to the new ‘Hatchet’ film.

        • Saturn

          No idea about the documentary date as of yet – hopefully if it is just that then it’s worth the wait.
          It really would be cool if a new Elm St was dropped on us from nowhere, as personally I really enjoyed it when it was announced a new Phantasm was shot secretly, from nowhere a new Hatchet movie was announced a few days before it’s debut (and from what I have read it’s a highlight of the franchise, so cannot wait to check it out), and a new Blair Witch (which I understand why others didn’t like it, personally I LOVED it) was shot secretly – I still reckon if Blair Witch was released as The Woods, under it’s original title, then many who disliked it would have a different opinion. It would have been BRILLIANT to have gone to see it knowing nothing about it’s Blair origins, and to have the reveal while viewing.

          • Necro

            Well I’m definitely with you on ‘Blair Witch’ I LOVE the whole franchise!

          • Saturn

            I consider myself a fan of all 3 movies – and kinda like how we can have 2 completely different sequels to the original.
            With the success of the original movie, in how it was shot, the film makers kinda painted themselves into a corner and were stuck no matter what direction they took the sequels.
            If they’d have made a direct sequel which was shot just the same as the original? Blah! It’s the same damn movie – do something different!
            If they did something completely different – which of course they (bravely) did? WTF is this crap! That’s not what we want from a sequel!
            So then they secretly shoot a sequel using the original format – which is what people were saying they should have done all along?
            Piece Of Shit Same Movie!!!!

            I’m with Brad when it comes to his positive review of Blair Witch (I know sometimes it may seem otherwise, as I like to have a bit of fun at his expense – it’s only friendly banter though, something we Brits are famous for) – although I don’t consider it a G.C. like he does, I still had a good time with it at the cinema – and if it were announced that Wingard was on board to film the next sequel?
            Yeah, I’d be there opening day.

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street is my favorite movie franchise, I really want to watch a new movie with Robert Englund starring as Freddy Krueger.
    However, if they do a remake, I wanna see something with a really psychological and dark vibe like IT. Freddy Krueger almost like a demon and killing teenagers or even a child in the opening scene.

  • SpaceManSpliffz .

    classy as always, mr englund (unlike so, so many others) knows that his time in that iconic role has come and gone, and his suggestion for a replacement (the almighty mister kevin fucking bacon) is a perfect one.

  • Khy

    I believe there is a talented actor out there who can make the role their own and develope their own UNIQUE performance but those crafting the film must be determined to seek them out. No one will ever play Freddy like Robert Englund, so stop getting actors to emulate him. Get someone who can bring something new to the material.

    Jackie Earle Haylee was a SOLID choice but unfortunately he was given an unspired script and lazy direction that basically made him imitate Robert Englund. He wasn’t given freedom to make the role his own and sadly he ended up with egg on his face.

    • Geralt Ravix

      I have to disagree on one point. Jackie Earle Haley’s Freddy didn’t really imitate Robert Englund’s Freddy. Jackie’s Freddy didn’t crack a single joke or have any one liners and he was more a typical slasher. He didn’t really have the Freddy Krueger personality. And that brings me to my point. The thing about Freddy Krueger is that we want him to be like Englund. If he isn’t portrayed the way he was portrayed by Englund then he doesn’t feel like Freddy Krueger. Sure, he can do his own stuff, but to feel like a real ANOES movie he needs that Englund Freddy personality.

      • Adam Clifton

        Jackie’s Freddy asked Nancy ”how’s this for a wet dream.” Now I know his version of Freddy is a kiddie fiddler and probably never had contact with an actual woman, but surely he’d know women don’t have wet dreams

        • Khy

          Haha I cringed at that line in theaters lmao. I love Nightmare 4, but that line felt so out of place in this film.

        • John Connor

          They don’t?
          They can’t get wet while asleep?

        • HarryIsAScam

          You don’t know any women, huh?

      • Khy

        Didn’t crack a single joke? Have you seen the film? A good number of his dialogue was rehashed lines from the previous films-

        “How’s this for a wet dream?”
        “I’m your boyfriend now Nancy!”
        “Your mouth says no! But your body says yes!”

        And besides, when I said he was emulating Robert I was not just talking about one liners and funny stuff. Why do people always assume that? Freddy was quite darker in the first two films and his humor was more “sick” than full on comedic. They tried to make Jackie’s Freddy go back to being that but he was still fed a lot of material and lines that Robert had done in the original and alot of it didn’t jive with what Jackie was trying to bring which is why he seems “off”.

        And speak for YOURSELF. If they cast someone else in the role- I want that person to do it their OWN way. And it’s not JUST on the actor they cast- but the writer, director and producer’s VISION of the newer film. They may not want to make your vision of “Nightmare” and they shouldn’t be forced too. Platinum Dunes was fine with making a largely conservative remake – that doesn’t mean the next team will be.

        Robert Englund’s Freddy can never be bested because there’s one Robert- that does not mean someone else can’t portray a DIFFERENT version and bring their own UNIQUE attributes to the role and I guarantee you that the role can still live on successfully even after Englund. Though I expect most people will not agree with that UNTIL they actually see it done and even then there’ll still be skeptics. Obviously we have a difference of opinion and there’s no point in going back and forth.

      • theundead

        He wasn’t sopposed to boi

      • Necro

        Also “You really shouldn’t fall asleep in class!”

    • theundead

      You’re right cause no one woll be copying him and making jokes

  • ToryK

    Englund deserves to retire from the character if he wants to. I’ll miss him, but we knew he was done, and Freddy vs. Jason was an awesome way to go out. It took a beast from another franchise to put him down. Nice, I say.

  • Mike Lawrence

    Not a surprise, England is a legend but it has to end some time.
    The real question is, who will take the character on now instead and how long do we have to wait for a decent new Nightmare flick??

    • MeeGhoulz

      Heath Ledger. No, wait…

  • Glitchiee Glitch

    you fools are crazy jason did NOT win that fight … freddy won it cause jason had a pro gank on his side.. and IMO the WINK by freddy tells me that jason was DONE and freddy was playing him in a dream 😉

    • Saturn

      I always thought that Freddy bottled it, and, much like the original Elm St he fooled Jason, and the audience, into believing that they had left the dream world for the final battle – but had indeed not. The only reason Freddy could have winked at the end would be because they were still in the dreamscape.
      He knew that in the real world he would stand no chance against Jason, so relied on his lack of intelligence to beat him on home turf, knowing that if he could fool Jason then he would survive, also knowing that perhaps Jason could have won if they’d continued fighting.

      • Necro

        Interesting point!

      • HarryIsAScam

        That sounds nice and all, but Hollywood couldn’t get the origins right. They didn’t think too deep on the ending. They don’t know the franchies.

        • Saturn

          My main gripe with FvJ was the whole “Jason’s afraid of water” angle – which we all know he isn’t. He had no problems killing others in the lake.
          I understand why they had to do it though, because otherwise it wouldn’t have been fair on Freddy.
          For years I used to argue with one of my friends who would win between the 2 – I always used to say Jason would wipe the floor with Freddy as Freddy relied on fear, whereas Jason knew NO fear.
          If the movie had go it right then Jason would have just ripped Freddy’s head right off at the beginning – END OF MOVIE!

  • Glitchiee Glitch

    side note… i would LOVE to see how kevin bacon plays freddy…i think he would KILL it

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    I was fortunate enough, and I mean that literally in a monetary sense, to be at Flashback in 2014 for Englund’s Freddy photo-op. It’s signed by Robert, framed, and hanging above the doorway to my studio. One of the few instances in my life where I wasn’t foolish enough to pass on a rare opportunity, thinking I’d get another chance down the line.

    • Necro

      I’m so jealous! I’ve met Doug Bradley, Kane Hodder, Gunnar Hansen (R.I.P.), Bill Moseley, Sid Haig, Jonathan Breck, Ashley Laurence, Derek Mears, Jeffrey Combs, Tony Todd, Angela Bettis, and Tom Savini. My ‘Ahab’ if you will (shout out to ‘The Rise of Leslie Vernon) is Robert, he’s either to far away or not at the convention I’m attending. You not only met him, but met him the last time he would ever wear the make-up! Damn that’s awesome! On another note I really want Bruce Cambell, some one who played ‘Michael’, and C.J. Graham; who if everything works out will be in Cherry Fall, New Jersey at ‘MonsterMania’ next March IN FULL MAKE-UP along with Kane Hodder! Oh I’m there!

      • Flu-Like Symptoms

        You have my envy for meeting Gunnar Hansen. Never got the chance and he passed away so suddenly. Betsy Palmer as well.

        • Necro

          Yeah I wanted her too! Gunnar was awesome in meeting him, super nice! But let’s be real here Flu, you met Robert who played not only probably the most iconic character in all of Horror, but he did it multiple times and other films as well! Plus his LAST time doing meet-n-greets in full make-up! I appreciate your envy, but still the envy is all mine, especially in the manner in which you met him! Man I wouldn’t sleep for days after something like that!

          • Flu-Like Symptoms

            Thanks, Brother. It was definitely a memorable day. Even as fast as it went, I had time while posing with him to soak in the fact that I was standing next to Freddy Krueger. Quite a feeling.

  • Mr. Red Right Hand

    how about new line respectfully holds the franchise on the pedestal for what it is, ditch another remake/reboot/sequel idea completely- and maybe create something original that’s young fresh and new – that can sustaine 9 films in years to come from now? is that so hard? god bless these films, but anyone else trying work that sweater and hat would just be another 2010 disaster, doesn’t matter how creative and original they are. let the damn franchise rest in peace.

    • theundead

      2010 reboot wasn’t a disaster

  • Adam Clifton

    Maybe reboot A Nightmare On Elm Street and tweak Freddy’s character background a bit. Instead of him being ‘the bastard son of a hundred maniacs’ thing which I never understood, maybe he had an actual normal upbringing with a nice father. RE could play the now-dead father in the dream world, trying to save the sleeping teens from his evil undead son. Instead of the Amanda Krueger character appearing, it’d be RE as Freddy’s father

  • Demented Daniel

    I’d be perfectly fine and happy if they never sleep again… I mean, never made another Nightmare… movie. Robert Englund is Freddy, and Freddy Krueger is Robert. Nobody could replace either, in my opinion.

    • theundead

      Calm your ass down

    • Christopher Alan

      Got to agree with u. As much as a freddy fan that I am it’s just not the same with anyone else besides Robert playing him

    • DukeStKing

      Like no one can ever replace Sean Connery as Bond.

    • Master99

      I would still like to see Kevin Bacon get a chance.

  • Collin

    Wouldn’t it be great if, instead of trying to make another remake that will inevitably flop, the studio hired somebody creative to make a brand new original horror movie? The eighties was a great time for horror, there’s no doubt about that, but at what point do we stop milking it and calling back to it and start treading new ground?

    Although there are plenty of movies like that. The problem is they’re all relegated to Netflix and no one watches them.

    On topic, can’t blame the man. Twenty years is a long time for that kind of make up job

    • Saturn

      It is quite possible to continue the Elm St legacy without Freddy
      Remember he has a daughter, who didn’t want to follow in daddy’s footsteps, which of course is understandable.
      How about it’s many years later and she has children of her own, and while holidaying (vacationing) with them they are attacked and brutally murdered by the locals, with her dying breath she swears vengeance, and calls out for the dream demons and becomes an avenging Angel kind of character, punishing those who attacked her, and killing in ways that equate their greatest fears……
      Initially she is horrified at what she is capable of, but with each kill she loses yet another part of her humanity……

      • MeeGhoulz

        As long as she wears the glove. But Hollywood has no creativity to come up with something like that…

        • Saturn

          Personally I’d start it off with her not using the glove at all – perhaps she could use the knife (or whatever) that was used to kill her and her family – but at the end of the movie, once her humanity is almost completely gone, and she’s about to kill the main ring-leader, Freddy can appear (yes, Robert in a final cameo role to pass on the torch, or in this case…..) and give her the glove…..
          “make daddy proud…….”

          Then we can have a continuation of the original franchise, with original time-lines all in place.

          • Matthen Key

            This! Make THIS happen, Hollywood!

        • Collin

          See, that’s a really interesting idea that actually furthers the mythology and story without rehashing what’s come before. The problem with that is its not what audiences want. Just look at Halloween 3. Regardless of the movie itself and how good it is, people hated it because it didn’t involve Michael. People would rather see something they’re familiar with and that’s why Hollywood is so stuck in the past

          • MeeGhoulz

            Unfortunately, yeah… I liked Hellraiser Hellseeker cuz it manage to show something familiar and new by bringing back Kirsty, focusing on a new character, her husband ,and finishing in a way that renewed the mythology ,of her at least! Still wanna see a horror series of Hellraiser based on her attempts to bring back her father no matter what!

    • Boydon

      witch, it follows, don’t breathe, get out etc are all great horror movies with fresh concepts and none of them were relegated to netflix’s rabbit hole, and did commercially rather well on their own. and say what you will about the conjuring franchise but at least they’re trying. the problem is that the late 70’s/80’s were the golden era of horror mainly because pretty much every idea was an original one. today i imagine it’s hard or next to impossible to do an original movie without it being referred to countless others that precede it and that are engrained in our collective memory to the point where every effort pales in comparison to xyz…

      • Paul Counelis

        GREAT post. Throw Hush and the other Flanagan films in there. Green Room, Devil’s Candy…tons of good stuff.

        • Boydon

          ahhh yes been meaning to check out devil’s candy. any other recommendations? I need to catch up.

          • Collin

            Last shift, The void are both incredible. In regards to your original comment, I know that there have been commercially successful horror movies that have been great (don’t breathe is awesome and it follows is my all time favorite horror film) but for every one of those we get somesomething super lame or something tha ts just a remake. And the problem with you mentioning the conjuring is I hated the first and have seen none of the others

          • Collin

            P.s. I’m not saying there are no good horror movies these days because that’s simply untrue, just that the vast majority of the best ones are straight to Netflix that people don’t watch. With some exceptions

    • theundead

      How would you know it will flop sweetheart?

  • Luca Vasto

    Noooooooo Robert please, come back as Freddy.
    Sly come back for Rocky, Arnold come back for terminator and you?? you are not old for Freddy come on robert, come back.
    My dream is Freddy vs Chucky

    • theundead

      No hes done deal with it

  • Rocky

    over rated hack, good riddance

    • Boydon

      tell us how you really feel.

      • Paul Counelis

        Ah yes, this silly comment in BD feed will tarnish the Englund legacy. (eyeroll)

        • Rocky

          blow me you shit stain

    • Rick-Taylor

      The guy has been fantastic in everything he did before F13. Afterwords, he got typecasted, but still did excellent acting.

  • marklola12 .

    well he still could do it since they would have a double for everything else anyway, a double did a lot of the more action stuff in freddy vs Jason anyway

    but if he does not want to do it then that’s upto him….but then they should just not bother with any other nightmare movies, its totally different for characters like Jason and myers

  • Jesse Gordon

    He’s been saying he won’t do Freddy again for awhile and thinks Kevin Bacon could reprise the role any other “news”?

  • Sacred Bones

    duh

  • Creepshow

    Leave the man alone already.

    • Necro

      Yep I agree!

  • DukeStKing

    If Alice Cooper, Mick Jagger and the Stones, Springsteen can still perform 2 hour plus sets 150 plus day a year, I’m pretty sure Robert can pull off playing Freddy one last time. There’s more to this. And I don’t think it’s Englunds fault. He’s just being gracious.

    • Paul Counelis

      This ^^^

  • Jarle Solbakken Fremstad

    While I agree that the remake sucked ass, Englund not playing Freddy was not the biggest problem. Jackie Earle Haley did a pretty good job it’s just that everything else around him sucked from the script all the way to the make-up.

    • Master99

      I agree, the make up was the biggest flaw for me.

      • Rick-Taylor

        Because I am always “that guy”… the makeup in the remake is a lot more accurate to actual burn victim skin than Englund’s Freddy.

        • Master99

          I know they were going for realism, but we are dealing with an iconic figure, a monster that kills people in their dreams (something that is not very realistic). It didn’t work for Godzilla when they tried that in 1998, and no one would be happy if they made Jason’s mask look like an official hockey goalie’s mask in a new movie. I just think iconic looks should be left alone.

        • Jarle Solbakken Fremstad

          Yeah, but they took the realism a bit too far and burned away all the personality in the face. He kinda looked like a burnt cat.

          • Rick-Taylor

            Yeah, this is one of those cases where reality isn’t as good as Hollywood.

  • Christian

    If they do decide to get this up and running again then they should stick with practical make-up. That Goddamn CGI rat face in the remake was atrocious.

    • American Atheist

      I just saw a trailer for AMC’s Fear Fest (what’s left of it, it’s only a week now), and saw a clip of the new Freddy Kruger. I forgot how shitty he looked. It’s awful looking.

  • The Phantasman

    I kinda like Freddy Vs Jason!
    *Runs out of the room*

    • American Atheist

      I liked the cinematography in it. The colors pop. Freddy vs Jason is one of my favorite horror movies.

      I waited for it long enough to come out. At the time none of my friends believed me that it was coming out. Five years later….I had the last laugh. Lol. I just wish they would’ve done a sequel.

      • The Phantasman

        It got such a bad rap from critics and some moviegoers, that’s why NLC backed off from making a sequel.I love how the screenwriters and producer toyed with the idea of Freddy and Jason continuing their battle in Hell, with Pinhead as the referee. Ah, what could have been…

        • American Atheist

          The critics are paid hacks who never like horror movies to begin with unless they are PG-13 CGI bullshit that a major studio pays for favorable reviews. I bet NLC regrets their abysmal remake of A Nightmare on Elm St.

    • Necro

      It was fun! The blood could’ve been a little better, and there could’ve been a better choice to play ‘Jason’, but certainly not the worst film ever.

  • The Night King

    After the first film, Freddy became the horror equivalent of pro wrestling. 1-900 numbers, Freddy dolls, a “your pal Freddy” vibe among young kids.The original film was a dark and violent horror film. The sequels were corny and lame.

    • Paul Counelis

      Actually, for all of Part 2’s faults, the Freddy stuff is REALLY dark. He’s only in it for 15 minutes, but the pool scene might be the best Freddy scene. 3 and 4 had spectacular moments, too.

      • oh_riginal

        Freddy emerging from the boy’s chest is disturbing in the best way possible.

      • chrishaagan

        Part II FELT like an extension of part 1. Part III is where the comic-book elements and comedic tone came into play.

    • American Atheist

      The local video rental store I grew up by gave us Dream Warriors book covers for school. Lol. I really wish I would’ve saved one of those.

      A Nightmare on Elm St and Freddy’s Revenge are my favorite Freddy Kruger movies. Both are dark and creepy.

      • John Connor

        Freddy’s Revenge is the best.

        • Master99

          No…. why would you say such a thing?

          • John Connor

            Because its the best.

    • uriah369

      The first film was absolute genius from Wes (RIP you are missed) but I totally agree with you that the rest of the films were ridiculous at best

      • Necro

        Even part 3?

        • uriah369

          Dream Warrior?

          • Necro

            Yep

        • HarryIsAScam

          Especially that shit

        • William Seth

          Dream warriors was the best one of them all.

          • Necro

            I agree!

    • Cory Smith

      Does that include Wes Craven’s New Nightmare? Because that’s one of the best ones.

  • American Atheist

    I’m just glad we got Freddy vs Jason because for a little bit there I didn’t think it was going to come out. My friends said I was full of shit for years before it came out.

  • Necro

    New Line should’ve listened to his idea for the sequel to ‘FvJ’, that would’ve given us Englund again as ‘Freddy’. I have to agree with him about his age and just be grateful for the 20 years we had of him as ‘Freddy’. Would I love to see him back? Sure, who wouldn’t, but I can’t dwell on him coming back for another film. I’m just hoping that they can get an adequate film made and most importantly find the best (new) ‘Freddy’ that they can. There’s gotta be some one out there. This may be comparing apples to oranges, but a lot were skeptical about Skarsgaard’s performance as ‘Pennywise’ and no one can outdo Tim Curry, well he did a pretty good job if you ask me. So there’s an actor out there who can take on that role, and fill the proverbial shoes that Robert fantastically filled for all those years.

  • I can’t read the word final in any horror context without thinking the exact opposite.

  • Perhaps it is time we have an animated Nightmare feature film, and have Robert Englund do the voice for Freddy. Look to Batman vs Two-Face (2017) for example.

    • gjk2012 .

      Or a really good video game he can voice act in and not like that Friday The 13th the Game online bs either but with a good game play horror atmosphere single player story experience.

  • Trav

    It’s sad, but not surprising. Englund is 70, so I can understand why it would be difficult to do the role again.

  • Jay Brezzy

    Just give him some of that Sylvester Stallone juice…you can be back slicing up kids in no time….and be a veined out Freak while you’re at it!

  • HarryIsAScam

    LET IT DIE! We don’t need another “final” return to the character. Aren’t the other million times enough? Something new would be better.

  • I Am Colossus

    The problem with a the remake wasn’t Freddy….it was the movie…Freddy looked awesome, sounded awesome, but the movie was shit..don’t believe me? Look at the IT movie, proof enough for me.

  • If they “went back” to the original idea of Freddy from the first movie, there wouldn’t really be that many fight scenes, would there? He wasn’t exactly a brawler.

  • Alexander Howlin

    If they would have actually given Jackie Earl Haley an actual script to work with in the remake, I’m sure that he would have made a fine Freddy.

  • Evan3

    I honestly think he is right that the wink in FvJ is a nice little good bye. Freddy’s dead… but he’ll never be dead in our dreams. Thanks for all the great memories Robert!

  • Dylan Summers

    As iconic as Robert Englund is as Freddy I don’t think anyone was really expecting him back.

    It wasn’t his absence from the remake that made it bomb as personally I believe Jackie Earle Hayley did a good job and actually made Freddy scary again. Robert’s Freddy became too much of a comedian which fit the 80’s but just wouldn’t work now. What made the remake bomb was an uninspiring story, no character development and Rooney Mara who openly says she hated doing the film which you can see!!!

    Robert will always be THE Freddy but I think trying to put him back in the movies would be a disaster.

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