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.