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Wes Craven Shocker: Reveals He Should Have Left Freddy Krueger’s “Look” Alone!

Wes Craven's New Nightmare

A shocking new interview with Wes Craven just appeared over on THR in response to fan outrage that the MTV “Scream” series won’t feature the iconic Ghostface mask (even though we’ve been reporting that since last November).

The trailer for “Scream”, premiering June 30th, featured a new, fleshy mask, instead of the the one featured in all four of Craven’s films to which the show is based on.

And while we’ll get to that in a moment, the shocker is that Craven, who we love so much for his ability to be candid, reveals that he regrets changing the look of Freddy Krueger in his 1994 New Nightmare, the seventh film in the A Nightmare On Elm Street franchise.

“In general,” Craven says, reflecting on his own experience with the Scream sequel and beyond, “we didn’t mess with the mask at all. It’s something we didn’t try to change. With Freddy [Krueger] and the New Nightmare (above), I felt that I probably should have stuck with the original face. [With Scream,] we just let Ghostface be Ghostface.”

“It would have been safer [not to change Freddy],” Craven continues. “I’m not going to speculate in public, probably shouldn’t have even mentioned it, but you know, sometimes you realize that something’s not broken, so don’t fix it. And that was the course we took on all the Scream films: Don’t mess with that, it’s just perfect.”

This all stemmed from the revelation that MTV’s “Scream” will feature a new mask, as mentioned above, to which Craven wanted to make clear was not his decision, as he’s involved in name only.

“I just put my name on it,” Craven explains, referencing his executive producer credit. “I was too busy to do much else.”

For Craven, the success of the Scream franchise hinged upon the mask. No other mask would have done the trick. “No way. No way,” Craven insists. “I knew it in my bones that [Ghostface] was a unique find, and I had to convince the studio that they had to go the extra mile to get it.”

Why MTV chose to go in a new direction with the mask is unknown, although we’ll reserve judgment for when the series, starring Willa Fitzgerald, Taylor-Klaus, Bobby Campo, Connor Weil and Joel Gretsch, premieres this summer.




  • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

    No, Wes! A lot of people, myself especially included, love the New Nightmare look. Many of us think it’s the best and scariest looking Freddy. He looks more like a demonic witch, which fits considering the film is rife with allusions to Hansel & Gretel.

    Wes, it’s perfect. The whole movie is and it dare I say eclipses the rest of the Elm Street saga with ease.

    • Mike Darwin

      Freddy’s look changed with every film, and he’s still recognizable as Freddy. Going with the claws from the first poster I thought was a clever twist, which works since this technically isn’t the same Freddy.

  • I actually like the look of Freddy in A New Nightmare. But on Scream, if I was them and I couldn’t get the Ghostface mask I wouldn’t have made the series.

  • Harley Mitchel Dirk

    So the mask has been changed, despite Wes not wanting anything of the sort. Then Wes openly admits they just threw his name on the project. This doesn’t bode well…

    • Khy

      Wes not being anything but more than a name credit isn’t news.

      • Harley Mitchel Dirk

        I suppose not, but I wasn’t aware of that. That also wasn’t the point of my post…

  • Khy

    Yeah…but I prefer his New Nightmare look. It’s my favorite Freddy look. As far as the Scream show not using the traditional Ghostface- I’ve been aware of that for the longest and frankly don’t care about whys or why nots.

  • D. Maki

    I read somewhere that it was a license issue. They couldn’t get it for the show so they had to change the mask. I wish I could find the article I read. I’ve been searching all over the net for it.

    • wehoaks

      That dope RJ wanted mucho bucks. Mtv told him to fuck off.

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          No fucking way he has a novel?!

  • Yes, Wes, you are right. You SHOULD have left the Freddy face as it was, especially in the very first Elm St movie. You got that look spot on in the first movie.

  • Grimphantom

    What everyone expect? It’s freaking MTV……….you can’t expect them to be faithful just for horror fans, they have to think of the younger generation who buy anything that’s crap….

    • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

      That’s not the reason the traditional mask wasn’t used you dope.

      • Grimphantom

        I think the only dope but i prefer to call moron is you. You don’t get what MTV is aiming for, it’s like asking Michael Bay being faithful over the franchises he soiled with his greed.

        • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

          You’re an idiot.

        • Cynthia Celeste Miller

          Without Ghostface, it’s not Scream. It’s just another slasher franchise. That would be fine if they didn’t call it Scream.

          • Grimphantom

            Exactly! MTV just milking the Scream name to get money “This is your God”

    • dejectedchuckle

      Scream was literally aimed at the “younger generation” once upon a time. It starred someone known for Party of Five for chrissake! It opened up with Drew Barrymore! The guy who wrote Scream went on to make Dawson’s Creek!

      • Grimphantom

        Oh i know the whole Neve Campbell, heck they did that with other known teen shows actors like Jennifer Love Hewitt.

        The one you caught me by surprise is the guy who wrote Scream made Dawson’s Creek… that’s scary!

  • wehoaks

    Wow is that headline ever so dramatic.

    • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

      It’s a SHOCKER!

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    • Khy

      OMG I was definitely going to post that before I went to sleep. Really? A fucking shocker? I was thinking Wes was returning to direct a new Nightmare film or something.
      Once again BD trying to get as many clicks as possible. Pathetic assholes.

      • wehoaks

        That was exactly my thought too. Then remembered what site it was and assumed it was about nothing. As it pretty much is.

  • the usual suspect

    The new nightmare look was terrible especially the glove. If freddy look was the same that movie could of been top three in my books but it missed the mark

    • Christopher Pelton

      Have to agree with you on that one. I didn’t care much for the look, the story was a cool idea, but Freddy did look out of place.

  • Conan

    I didnt mind the look of Freddy in New Nightmares, being that the movie Freddy was based on the demon real world Freddy. The remake Freddy sucked in how they changed his face.

    Though on Scream, should have kept the original mask. Even if over the series the killer added bits of flesh to mask. They should start with the original mask.

  • ChasingTheGhost

    The New Nightmare look is actually my favorite. Hm.

  • dejectedchuckle

    New Nightmare was really great… the change in Freddy’s look I thought worked for the plot (since it’s some demon thing etc etc) and because it worked with one of the movie’s bigger ideas: that Horror franchises get less scary because they become too familiar. Freddy “looking different” worked well with that idea, I thought, and actually did work to make me as a viewer see the character differently.

    It contributed to the generally unsettling tone of the movie–it was Freddy but it also wasn’t.

  • wehoaks

    The new nightmare look was a nice change and to me fell in line with Freddy coming into “reality”.

  • SuperKilla

    Funny. I watched this film 2 nights ago with my girl then The Elm St. legacy the next night. Craven mentioned how he goes back and forth about how he feels about Freddy’s look on part 7, sometimes he thought it was the right thing to do and other times not. I guess he’s come to a final decision. I liked the makeup just not really the leather pants too much.

  • Stinky Fingerbang

    I’m SHOCKED!!

  • TH3J4CK4L

    I’m glad he admits that. The New Nightmare look was absolutely terrible. Anyone that says they enjoyed obviously wasn’t laughing as hard as I was at the bizarre pair of leather freddy pants that made it look like he just stepped off a Judas Priest music video. One of the worst looks for any horror movie. They tried that same mess when Jason X came out with the cybernetic mask look and that was a dreadful film in terms of storyline and aesthetic look. If anything the demon freddy look from Freddy Vs. Jason was heaps better. It didn’t look like a terrible mask like New Nightmare

    • The coat was snazzy though. The whole outfit in combination with the boots screamed “Freddy Krueger meets NIN”.

    • The difference being though, that Jason X was intentionally ridiculous…

  • J Jett

    doesn’t it kind of disgust anyone else that (presumably solely for $$$) Craven has an executive producer credit for the upcoming show yet he had NOTHING to do with it? you know since he was ” too busy to do much else.”.

    • wehoaks

      Not at all. Mtv probably asked him to be involved. He said no or couldn’t. They said can we use your name. He said sure. They have to pay him.

      • J Jett

        wehoaks, don’t get me wrong, i don’t blame Wes for letting the show use his name. it’s the show’s makers/creatures/whatever that i find irksome by doing this but i guess this type of thing happens quite frequently(?).

        • wehoaks

          Happens very frequently. Especially when someone’s name is synonymous with a property.

    • zybch

      This is NOTHING new in the entertainment industry. An EP credit means so little anyway. Its basically just a way of saying thanks to someone who helped pay for or has been involved with something for a long time without giving them an ‘real’ say in the production.

      • J Jett

        zybch, oh! i didn’t realize an EP credit didn’t mean much. for some reason i thought an EP was one of the big honchos on a movie or something.

        • wehoaks

          Depends on the type of EP. Some can be a money man. Others it is in name only. In TV it usually means they are a writer and the head writer/showrunner/creator is always an EP.

          • J Jett

            wehoaks, that pretty interesting. i did not know this about EP’s!

          • wehoaks

            It’s a pretty interesting title. I write for TV so I know much more about in that medium.

        • zybch

          It’s like how Gene Roddenberry got EP credits on many of the later trek movies but had nothing to do with them. He hated how the Federation became so militaristic and kept on pushing his own lame “travel back in time and stop the kennedy assassination” story that he eventually wasn’t even allowed on the set or anywhere near the productions but he still got the EP credit because it was his baby and the fans would have been pissed if they knew the truth.

    • Krueg518

      Everyone has to make a living. Who wouldn’t take the cash.

  • Kenneth Tanner

    In a way I’m glad he admit it though. You could literally see his scalp.But I’ll tell you one thing I can’t complain that much because at least Robert England played the part though.That’s the main important thing.

  • Beanis

    To the Bloody Disgusting writers “SHOCKING” and “EXCLUSIVE” are pliable words that report an actor/director making an off-handed innocuous anecdote like “I should of used the original look of Freddy”. How is this news worthy? It’s interesting to note but please save the artificial drama of it sounding like a major scoop.

    That said, I think Craven is right. The New Nightmare look just wasn’t as scary and felt like a different character sometimes. Although it did make sense to tweek the look for this meta take on the mythology of Freddy. There is a lot to like about the film to make up for this deficit.

    • CrackTheSkye1990

      Whether you liked his look or not, his look and the movie was better than the remake by a long shot considering it was one of the later sequels as most horror sequels, especially after the 3rd or 4th suck or are mediocre.

    • Krueg518

      That didn’t bother me, this did

      “A shocking new interview with Wes Craven just appeared over on THR in response to fan outrage that the MTV “Scream” series won’t feature the iconic Ghostface mask (even though we’ve been reporting that since last November).”

      No offense to BD but who cares if they have been reporting it since last year? Fans can/will still voice their disappointment.

    • Krueg518

      I do agree its not shocking if you watched Never Sleep Again… because he said it in the doc.

  • CrackTheSkye1990

    I didn’t mind his look in new nightmare. I’d definitely take it over Jackie Earle Haley’s alien Freddy look any day. I thought it made more sense that he altered Freddy’s appearance as it was about him coming into the real world anyway.

    • He was so good as Rorschach in Watchmen. Why’d he have to fuck up the Freddy role man.

      • CrackTheSkye1990

        I don’t blame him necessarily. He’s a good actor, he was just given shit to work with. I mean while they got rid of the corny one liners the later sequels had, his voice was monotone and boring.

        It seemed like he was more like Jigsaw than Freddy Krueger.

        • I agree the remake was meant to be shit since the beginning.

          • CrackTheSkye1990

            I guess Wesley Strick’s original script was decent and then became shitty once Eric Heisserer took over.

      • Chandler Of-Adelaide

        He did perfectly fine in that role. An actor can only do so much. The low point was the script.

  • Krueg518

    I love the New Nightmare “Freddy”. As much as ANOES 1 Freddy is amazing, i think i like the WCNN look of Freddy better. He is more intimidating, smarter, and more creative. Maybe Wes didn’t see his own film in a while (i say that with the utmost respect) but the look of the demon taking Freddy’s form, was better off being changed. The lines and scenes in the movie would no longer have the same value. This Freddy was “darker, more evil”. Technically he is NOT Freddy at all. So why would he look like him.

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  • ThunderDragoon

    I actually loved his look in New Nightmare. It was a cool change and it needed to be done since he was coming into “the real world.”

    • Word. It looked badass and totally new, like Jason X. What looked like shit was the 2010 remake.

  • Freaky Freelings

    I usually enjoy coming to this website for horror news, but this is a really stupid article with a very misleading headline. What’s going on with lately?

  • Dr. Storm Crow

    I never fail to be amazed by the extent of sensationalist garbage that Mr. Disgusting will put his name on.

  • Javi Simon

    I thought the look was cool. It didn’t strain far enough from the original to justify strong criticism. Think of all the Jason mask variations.Everyone of us has a favorite.

  • marklola12 .

    ah bloody-disgusting is becoming a dumb site using fake titles to get people to read, how the hell is this a shocker???
    also I liked his look in new nightmare simply because it was a totally different freddy from the movies hence the new look

  • Victor

    I honestly like his look in New Nightmare, now this no look for Ghostface not so much, matter fact at all. I hope MTV execs bang their heads on their cute little desk after fucking this up for SCREAM and once it flops!

  • Horace Pinker

    Shocker was actually a Wes Craven movie from 1989. Marketed as Wes Craven’s Shocker on the poster, see IMDb. Not trying to defend BD’s headline choices, but just FYI.

  • Kenneth Tanner

    The look is okay. But I’ll say at least thank god for Robert englund to play the part in this movie at least.
    Now as for the Scream tv series, Wes Craven I love your work but, this is really all your fault. You should have went to Kevin William’s direction.
    If this show flops you may learn your valuble lesson

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    I was ok with the new look. It was the 7th film in the series and time to do something different and fresh. Wes altered Freddy a bit to make him closer to the appearance of the creepy guy who scared the sh*t out of him as a child and inspired Freddy to begin with. Also noteworthy about New Nightmare is Heather Langenkamp’s smokin’ hot self. Every time I see that film I wish I could pause it, reach through the screen, pull her out, and take her back to my room for play time. Fine like mutha f*ckin wine.

  • Forget the look, how about regretting putting that insanely annoying little kid in there?

    • Flu-Like Symptoms

      Amen! My thoughts exactly. Can’t stand that little sh*t.

  • LuJr81

    I think the look made sense. It was supposed to be the “real” Freddy not the Freddy in the Nightmare films. So I didn’t have a problem with it. Not saying I loved it but it fit in the story of New Nightmare. I just didn’t like that he had knives on all his fingers lol didn’t look right.

  • Tsadi Waw Mem Taw

    …As a matter of fact, I just glanced at my Dream Warriors DVD cover art, and noticed that it shows Freddy wearing the fedora in a configuration which causes it to resemble the Phrygian cap.

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