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Robert Englund on the ‘Nightmare’ Remake: “Child Killer…That’s Nasty Enough!”

At a recent ComicCon, Robert Englund, “Freddy Krueger” himself, was asked a few questions about the Nightmare on Elm Street remake by a couple of fans and what his thoughts were on Freddy being a child molester.

You can imagine Freddy to be anything you want,” Englund began. “My theory is the word “child killer”, there’s something darkly…darkly poetic about that. It’s a very frightening phrase. Child killer! That should be enough. And I think there’s something symbolic about being a child killer. He kills children because children are their future and there’s no place for Freddy in the future. And it’s revenge on the parents! It’s the most painful thing a parent can do is to lose a child before they die. I mean, I can’t imagine how anybody…how any adults or parents survive that, the death of a child. So that’s nasty enough!

Interestingly, apparently there were thoughts of Englund’s “Freddy” being a child molester in the original film! “Now, I’ll be honest, when we did the first movie, for a while that was sort of the idea. In Los Angeles there was this terrible child molestation case going on in the news and we wanted to avoid that, so we just changed that.

Furthermore, Englund told them what he’d really like to see done with Freddy’s character, saying, “Well, I’d like to see ‘Nightmare in the Hood’! I would! I think it’d be really interesting to do a line of, like, retro 80’s hip hop ones and get a black actor to play “Freddy” and all the kids are, like, hip hop. Just do it the same!

But perhaps the best words from Englunds mouth were about his thoughts on remakes and what filmmakers should focus on instead. “You don’t do remakes! I would do ‘Freddy 9’, you know? Or I would do ‘Freddy vs Michael Myers’. Or I would do a prequel.

I’ve always thought that a prequel to A Nightmare on Elm Street would be fantastic. It’d offer the chance to be an incredible horror thriller that doesn’t pull any punches. After all, a movie where children are being murdered left and right? I’m into it.

You can watch both interview clips: Part 1, Part 2



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COMMENTS

59 Comments
  • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

    Aw Robert, you’re so old and lame haha.

    • TheSlitheryDee

      Robert needs to shut the fuck up. That or they need to stop contacting him about a role he’s publicly been finished with for years. He’s not Freddy anymore godamnit! Stop asking him questions about it!

      • Jack Derwent

        Breaking Bad’s over and if you think Bryan Cranston’s not going to talk about Walter White anymore then you’re kidding yourself. It’s a role that Englund played for eight films, he’s more than entitled to discuss it.

        • TheSlitheryDee

          Cranston played his character a lil more recently than Englund… I also don’t think Cranston goes around spreading rumours about where Walter White will pop up next, like he himself actually even knows.

          • Jack Derwent

            So when’s the cut-off period for when you should stop talking about your most famous role? Not to mention these comments came from a fan asking him about Freddy at a horror convention. Should he have told the guy to buzz off?

          • TheSlitheryDee

            You should stop talking about the future of your character after you announce that you’re finished with him.

          • Jack Derwent

            Why not?

  • Jonathan Larsson

    He’s right you know, child-killers are more scary than child-molesters.

    In line of the old character, it also makes more sense that he’s a murderer. This is a guy who was born to a nun after she was raped by at least a hundred criminally insane people, then grew up being reminded of that plain fact all the time by other orphans and adults. Make no mistake, Freddy is a monster, but he was not born that way. His childhood must’ve been a living nightmare, and as adult’s view of children is often psychologically affected by one’s own childhood, it makes sense that he would feel obligated to deny as many kids as possible the thing he never had, which was a happy upbringing.

  • Kyle Ord

    Wow, hate that in saying this, but I’m glad elms streets future isn’t in his hands. Those ideas were dreadful. Freddy in the hood?

    • J Jett

      Kyle, LOL. i’m praying he was joking about the Hood movie. lol.

      • Kyle Ord

        I really hope so

        • TheSlitheryDee

          I bet he wasn’t. Englund is full of insane ideas.

  • Paul Nokka Thomas

    Hang on just one moment, havent we already had a remake?? Christ why cant they just leave this shit alone! If you allow yet another remake of a remake your opening the doors to nonsense just like the super hero genre which imo has become a parody of itself

  • Khy

    I always thought Freddy was a perv either way. Those little lines dropped throughtout the series here & there like “Freddy likes his children especially little girls” always gave me the creeps.

    • TheSlitheryDee

      I get it. I just always told myself that he’s talking about teenagers, I can deal with that. Hard to cheer on a pedophile.

  • Halloween_Vic

    Like the Idea of Freddy 9 or a Prequel or a Freddy Vs Michael Myers with Englund playing freddy and then that leads into a hell battle between Michael Vs Jason!!! Now all 3 of these ideas can work!!!!! Let’s make it happen pleaseeee!!!!!!!!!!!! Except that Freddy in the hood shit he clearly was being sarcastic lol ” I hope. ”

  • Think if they did a prequel for Halloween and focused on the time Michael Myers was in the asylum and the reason he killed his sister/became a psycho was because Freddy entered his dreams every night for years and tormented him into insanity. Influenced him to kill and then jump to the future with an older Michael and have him pull Freddy into the real world for revenge or something. Just off the top of my head. And then at the end have Michael Kill Freddy and Freddy ‘wake up’ in what he thinks is the dream world thinking he can’t really die, but then have Hellraiser come out of the shadows and be like, ‘Welcome to Hell’.

  • MAGLAVERAS VASILIOS

    Those dudes should be ashamed to give us a useless remake instead of a brilliant prequel in which we could see robert without the make up killing children and how he became what he became.
    What i know is we had many horror prequels…..we even got a cabin fever prequel and now we are getting A 2ND TEXAS CHAINSAW PREQUEL…………but no nightmare on elm street prequel yet ?

    SHAME ON YOU…….

  • J Jett

    now a prequel is something that would be pretty awesome to see. for some reason i had never considered an Elm St. prequel but reading this article above i would freaking love to see a prequel film!

    oh and please tell me he’s joking about the Elm St. in the Hood gig. LOL.

    • Walter Silvy

      Prequel exists in ep 2 of freddys nightmares the tv series

  • Bob Marshall

    Can you please sort those annoying advertisement, it’s appeared on the page and I can’t read the article.

    • huntermc

      That’s why I never go anywhere on the internet without Adblock Plus.

  • brewers_rule

    No prequel, please God. I’m still scarred from the Rob Zombie venture into ‘what made Michael Myers so bad’ far-too-long quest. If you read enough true crime novels you understand some people are just born f’d up and need to be removed from society. We don’t need to understand that because even THEY don’t know why they are usually. Evil exists, let’s just put it on film effectively & try to avoid the nightmares, shall we?

    • Khy

      Agreed, I just have never be interested in a Nightmare Prequel.

    • ThunderDragoon

      Amen.

  • Darnell

    Freddy vs. Michael Myers would be nothing but camp. I mean Jason vs. Freddy was nothing but camp, and fanboy geek fantasy come to life. Jason vs. Freddy was a terrible movie, and the lead actress might be the worst ever in a major studio production lol.
    Don’t get me wrong I liked Jason vs. Freddy but it was a terrible movie, and I think if we want to continue to get serious horror movies by big studios then encouraging them to make movies that have no chance but devolving into unintentional funny camp is the wrong approach.

  • Geno1987

    I would love a Freddy vs Michael Myers. Krueger needs to be the glue that unites all horror icons.

  • Matthew Clifton

    why don’t they go the full hog and make an expendables type horror film can you imagine how big that will be

    • Golic

      yeah…how big will that pile of shit be? huge, I tell you! HUGE!!!

      • huntermc

        But the money it would rake in would be more huge.

    • khail19

      Aren’t they already doing that with the Universal Monsters? Don’t know if that’s still a thing. By the time they’re around, I think we’re all done with universe building movies.

  • wehoaks

    Someone please give Robert his medication so he shuts up already.

  • Grimphantom

    Robert, we all love ya but “Nightmare in the Hood?” That’s a real nightmare that we don’t want to see. Now if you excuse me, I need to go find a melon-baller and pull my eyes out

    • Waveboy

      Yeah, I hope he’s seriously kidding about that. I’m with him on Freddy 9, something that takes place after Freddy’s dead…..That, or a remake based on Dream warriors.

    • Sebastián Gómez-Latorre Insúa

      seems your sarcasm detector broke or you didn`t watch the video on the link

    • Joseph Sheldahl

      Think about it just for a second…

      Elm Street and the whole neighborhood has slowly become a ghetto over the years, the lore of Freddy getting lost along the way. But somehow it comes back, tormenting a series of already troubled inner city teens. Their parents won’t listen, and god forbid the cops even attempt to listen- they’re screwed. So, using their street smarts and survival instincts they have to try and outsmart Freddy on his own turf. Five years ago, and John Boyega would’ve been a perfect lead. Maybe the only person who believes them is a high school teacher who was a teen back when the original events happened.

      • Grimphantom

        Yeah……don’t care

        • Joseph Sheldahl

          Your loss. I’d love to see that, if done serious. Not hokey like Englund seems to imply.

  • ghosthunter

    Prequal please, would be awesome!

  • Brandon Lee

    I’d love for him to come back once more and play Freddy one last time in Freddy 9 that sounds the most cool out of all the projects.But I think Robert was only giving joking when he said those things because we all know he is way too old to play Freddy.Michael Myers Vs. Freddy wouldn’t that be a slightly repackaged version of Freddy Vs. Jason I wouldn’t care for it and a prequel is just a dumb idea to do in a mainstream official film setting.

  • TheSlitheryDee

    “I would do…” Englund, don’t word things to fuck with your fans. You already said that you were done playing the role. I don’t know why we even read what insane things he always has to say. Fans, it’s time you give up on this dude playing Freddy again and instead work together to help suggest a replacement. They’re gonna keep making these so we might as well yell shit over the internet to have our say.

  • Jarmo Luukka

    I was then mesmerized when I watched these movies for the first time

  • N1ghtmar3Freak

    Honestly, I just really want another damn nightmare film. With or without Englund as Krueger. And I want it scary as hell. Actually take us through a dream world that messes with our psyche. I want an artsy film, dark and fucking weird as hell. And I want believable teenagers to play the victims who are smart and actually try to fight what stalks them in their sleep. And lastly, I do not want to see a full on look of the boogeyman til the very end, just silhouettes and little glimpses throughout the film, having that suspense and mystery of what these kids are trying to run away from.

  • Michael Wildt

    Honestly the most interesting idea the remake had was hinting that Krueger was an innocent man lynched by an angry mob who now kills their children in revenge. It would been something closer to Frankenstein’s monster, a man-made monster with some sympathetic qualities and true motivation. But no, the movie promptly wussed out and said ‘just kidding, he was a monster all along.’

    • dante williams

      I like both of those ideas, way more inventive then the remake;)

  • Michael Wildt

    If Englund ever came back, I’d love it to be for the leaked sequel script from a few years ago. They had a story where the teenagers on Elm Street all knew about Krueger but didn’t fear him after he’d been defeated so many times. Since it rendered him powerless, they would have parties where they would take sleeping pills and beat the shit out of a helpless Freddie in their dreams. Then one kid dies accidentally doing this, creating just enough fear for Freddie to begin working his way back to the top and turning it into a strange revenge movie with the victims as the antagonists.

    • Adam Clifton

      Peter Jackson’s idea if I remember it correctly

    • I Am Colossus

      That…………sounds oddly close too what thwe plot of Freddy vs Jason turned out to be though.

      • Chrissie-Watkins

        That’s exactly it, except for the, um…..dream parties. And Jason created the fear.

  • dante williams

    I’ve wanted Freddy vs. Michael vs. Jason for a long time. No matter who wins…we all lose, lol. Another ha ha at that fab five freddy movie he wants done. Didn’t they try that with Leprechaun? Prequel could be another plus. Anything to see Englund do it again, he just has the knack.

  • Darth_Siskel

    I speak as a die-hard Nightmare fan when I say – I’d be fine with them never making another one again.
    Freddys last wink at the camera in FvsJ was a nice tiny bow on a franchise.
    Like Rocky’s wave goodbye in Balboa.

  • LOX TO THE DEATH

    jesus Freddy in the 80’s hood would be so fucking corny ‘YO HOMEBOY LET ME CUT THIS RECORD’ they’d have freddy breakdancing rapping all sorts of fuckery smh

    • I Am Colossus

      Hahaha man you just brought that to life!

    • Radb707

      Man that was brilliant haha

  • I Am Colossus

    Idea……maybe already thought of in fact, but what if Satan gathered the most disturbed murderers who were killed, had them fight in a hellish MK style fashion to be granted a chance of vengeance again on Earth to fulfill there lost revenge? Multiple endings could mean multiple sequels for every monster franchise.

    • LOX TO THE DEATH

      That sounds fucking epic for real but it would cost a lot of money to do right

  • Chrissie-Watkins

    “Nightmare in The Hood”…..What’s happening here? I’m being Punk’d.

  • Donald Duck

    When you think about it, ‘Killjoy’ is technically ‘Nightmare in the Hood’ but with Homie the Clown, lol.

  • Gabriel Porto

    Anyone reading this, I’m not crazy, but… last night I was watching Entourage and I thought to myself that Kevin Dillon would make and incredibly Freddy Kruguer.

    If they want some sarcastic elements on the character again, they need someone that knows how to put those lines. Plus, the guy has a scary voice!

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