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Kevin Bacon Expresses Interest in Playing Freddy Krueger

Most of the big horror franchises are on the fast track to get brand spankin’ new reboots in the coming years, including Friday the 13th, Predator, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Halloween. But what about Nightmare on Elm Street? The franchise has been dead ever since that awful 2010 remake, and six years later, it doesn’t seem to be showing many signs of life.

Back in August of last year, it was reported that New Line was rebooting the Elm Street franchise once more, with David Leslie Johnson (Orphan, The Conjuring 2) attached to pen the screenplay, but we haven’t heard a peep about the project since then. Is it still happening? Did those plans fall through at some point in the past year? At the moment, it’s impossible to tell.

This latest Elm Street tidbit, well, it comes from an unlikely source.

Over on Twitter this past Friday night, a fan posted a tweet that expressed interest in Kevin Bacon playing Freddy Krueger in a future reboot of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, and much to her surprise – and ours – Bacon actually responded to the tweet. Not only did he respond but he quoted the tweet on his own profile, and he seemed to express interest in the idea.

If A Nightmare on Elm Street gets rebooted again can we please somehow get Kevin Bacon as Freddy? I think he’d be fantastic,” tweeted @BettieToxic.

I like the way you think Bettie,” replied @KevinBacon.

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Kevin Bacon is of course no stranger to horror, his career forever tethered to the genre thanks to his role in the original Friday the 13th. Subsequently, Bacon starred in Tremors, Flatliners, Stir of Echoes, Hollow Man, and, most recently, Greg McLean’s The Darkness. Unlike many Hollywood stars who got their start in horror, Bacon continues to embrace his roots, and he’s even set to reprise the role of Valentine McKee in an upcoming Tremors TV series – which he will also produce.

Might Bacon’s next move be to jump from playing victim in Friday the 13th to playing villain in Nightmare on Elm Street? Of course, his tweet should probably be taken with a grain of salt, but the fact that he took the time to reply in the way he did certainly seems to at least suggest that he’d take the role if he was offered it. And knowing that he’s interested, at least on some level, why the hell wouldn’t New Line make that offer? Kevin Bacon as Freddy? Now that would be awesome!

Bacon certainly has the chops (and the look) to play a sinister villain, and he also has experience playing a child predator. He starred as a recovering pedophile in the 2004 film The Woodsman, which is interesting to note given Elm Street remake star Jackie Earle Haley played a similar role prior to being cast as the dream demon. Not saying that really means anything at all, but again, just something interesting to point out.

Would you like to see Kevin Bacon as Freddy Krueger? Sound off below!

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172 Comments
  • Dagon Cleo Macready

    You’ve got to Bacon-idding me.

    (Sorry.)

    • Frank Lloyd Jr

      Bacon’t be serious.

  • DisqusRaider

    that would be very interesting. im not sure how i feel on that? such huge shoes to fill with whoever they try it with again. probably help with they come with a better story then last time and better supporting cast.

  • Saturn

    Well Freddy’s face LOOKS like bacon, so…..

    • Matt

      That is funny as hel! LMFAO!

  • Marc

    I am cool with Bacon.

  • Chris Mosher

    Its too bad the last one had such a bad script beacuse i think Haley did a good job with what it was given.

    • Overton Green

      agreed… Haley was great

  • SaraTim
  • Creepshow

    He was a child molester in Sleepers as well.

    • Frank Lloyd Jr

      … and “The Woodsman”.

    • Overton Green

      Wow i haven’t seen that movie in years. Bacon was a monster in that film.

      • Creepshow

        That’s an understatement. He’s repulsive every second he is on screen.

    • oh_riginal

      Just make the new Nightmare on Elm Street into a sequel to Sleepers. The titles even go together in a way! ;-P

      Kevin Bacon back from the dead to haunt the children of the main characters from Sleepers? I’d watch it.

      • Cheesesteak

        Nightmare on Elm Sleep?

  • Overton Green

    I personally think Haley was very good. He wasn’t the reason that the remake was terrible. It was picking a horrible Nancy. I swear she phoned in her performance big time. I also I am sorry but Katie Cassidy is terrible and her replacement “Tina” role from the original last far to long.

    Overall the kids were not interesting, and the direction was atrocious…

    Jackie was one of the best take aways from that mess.

    • oh_riginal

      I agree. The actress that played the Nancy character is good in other films, but was painfully miscast in the Nightmare remake. Nancy is really just as difficult to replace as Freddy, in my opinion.

      Katie Cassidy wasn’t bad, but I’ll always prefer Amanda Wyss.

      Jackie Earle Haley was inspired casting, but he played Freddy in the wrong movie. If he were cast in a better version, he’d still be playing Freddy in sequels, I believe. Kevin Bacon? I could see it, and he’d probably be great in the role too. He would just need to be in a GOOD Nightmare movie.

  • CLK

    I’ve always defended Bacon throughout the years from droves of ignorant horror fans who claimed he didn’t like horror. He’s done several horror films in various stages of his career, he’s brought up his love of the genre out of his own volition, and he’s brought up and referenced Friday the 13th and looks back at it fondly.

    • HarryWarden

      Yeah, I really like him. He’s one of the few actors who got their start in horror who continues to work in the genre and doesn’t badmouth it or how he got his start being a slasher movie victim.

      • Cheesesteak

        Dig the username…they just don’t make movies like the original My Bloody Valentine anymore. Those kooky Canadians

  • Brandon MisterJuicy Alexander

    i cant stand kevin bacon as an actor, but this is indeed an intriquing option.
    its a role he seems to fit very well with. good idea.

  • Braker

    Or: “Kevin Bacon engages with fan and loves that someone would even consider him to play iconic horror villain.”

  • Jonathan Larsson

    I am open to the idea. Bacon has played many different roles, and while he’s not the most impressionable actor that I know of, I believe he is capable enough to give a performance that would do Freddy justice.

  • zombie84_41

    This would be rather interesting. Give us a short film first.

  • marklola12 .

    I’m open for a new nightmare reboot long as they make it like the others be creative with the kills and the dreams/nightmares

  • I thought Jackie Earle Haley did a really good job in the remake. It’s just a shame about the rest of it.

    • James

      Me too. Jackie got robbed by a weak film. He was easily a solid choice for Freddy.

      • Freddy D Roberts

        I have to disagree he wasn’t that good and was too short also.

        • James

          He was not too short

      • He definitely did a good job. I genuinely didn’t think anyone else would be able to succeed in that role after Robert Englund – but he really surprised me. They got the tone of Freddy just right too. I think the overall problem with the movie, though, was the same with a lot of movies these days: they tried to create a ‘glossy’ version of the original to appeal to a younger audience. The original was scary because of its dark, gritty, bleaker feel. Plus in the remake they made Nancy this kind of goofy, friendless, weirdo for no apparent reason; I felt that was very much a betrayal of her character.

        • James

          I completely agree

        • Matt

          Here is my opinion on why this movie was not a good one –

          1. While Haley was pretty good, they totally botched the make-up. I get it, they were going with a more realistic looking burn victim, but to purists (like me) it was no good.
          2. Like you said, they, in many ways, tried to re-make the original, but failed in the attempt.
          3. The cast, besides Haley, for the most part sucked. Poor acting all the way around.
          4. Aside from a few moments, the movie dragged and was kind of boring.

          Again, this is just my opinion. Feel free to disagree.

          • Haley did a great job, he played a menacing version of Freddy which there hadn’t been for a long time (with the possible exception of New Nightmare). The make up was good too, like you said, they went for realism. If they had just done the kind of comical make-up that Robert Englund always had there wouldn’t have been much point – they’d have just brought him back. That was kind of the point: reinventing the character.

          • Matt

            I would have to politely disagree with you.

            You said “If they had just done the kind of comical make-up that Robert Englund always had there wouldn’t have been much point – they’d have just brought him back. That was kind of the point: reinventing the character.”

            The make-up that Robert wore was part of the character. If it didn’t look like Freddy, it wasn’t Freddy. What if, in Rogue 1, they gave Darth Vader a different color outfit or a different helmet? Would the fans still see him as Darth Vader? I know that’s a kind of silly comparison, but I just wanted to make a point.

            Robert didn’t come back, because he had no desire to do so. He stated publicly on several occasions that he had absolutely no desire to come back to that role.

            As for re-inventing the character, that is not what the fans wanted, especially the older ones (like me), and they make a large portion of the fan-base. Maybe down the road the character could be re-invented, but the majority of the fans still want the Freddy that they had loved for twenty years.

          • Overton Green

            then watch the old movies? I don’t get why you would want to keep seeing the same thing. No new Freddy will ever be Robert so why try.

            I thought the melted look of Freddy in the remake was a good move. He looked like someone would that had been burned. Jackie was a good Freddy. He was just in a extremely bad movie.

            My problems with NOES remake had absolutely nothing to do with Jackie’s performance as Freddy or how he looked. It was the movie itself that was awful.

          • Matt

            If you read my comment 3 or 4 spaces above I give the other reasons why I thought the movie failed. The look is just one of them. The comment you responded to was my rebuttal to the one made by Andy.Roo on specific things he said. I never said Haley was bad, or that someone should try to be Robert. I merely stated that the “look” is a very important part of who the character is. While I’m far from the only one who feels this way, I don’t pretend to speak for anyone but myself.

          • Darnell

            I sort of agree with you. Robert’s make up was of someone that had just been burned. The skin had a charred look.

            Haley’s skin looked like someone that had been burned and then healed. Freddy died as a result of being burned alive. His skin would not have the healed melted look that 3rd degree burn survivors have.

            That is the issue I had with the appearance in the remake. He didn’t look like Freddy and he didn’t look like someone that had burned to death.

            He looked like someone that was burned and died a year or two later. Very bad choice in make up.

          • But that’s the point: they weren’t trying to repeat the same character, they were re-inventing the character. I’ve been a huge fan of the movies even as a kid, and I was perfectly happy to see the character reinvented – so I’m not sure where you got the understanding that no fans were happy about it. He did a great job. I’d love to see him back in the role… just in a better written movie. I always quietly wanted them to do a kind of prequel too, before he becomes ‘Freddy’, as it were; I’d love it if they went back when he was the Springwood Slasher. Do a trilogy: pre-Freddy/proto-Freddy, Nightmare on Elm Street Freddy, and then Freddy gets killed somehow, but for good. Tie it up in a nice little bundle.

          • Cheesesteak

            I don’t know if I’d describe it as “re-inventing” the character so much as allowing the original character to be properly represented…they had to scale back/change in the original due to some real-life child abuse during the time.

  • Khy

    PLEASE MAKE THIS HAPPEN! I’LL GO TO CHURCH EVERY SINGLE SUNDAY! I’LL CUT OUT CARBS! I’LL EVEN STOP WATCING PORN! JUST PLEASE MAKE IT HAPPEN!

    • Halloween_Vic

      Wow wow wow, c’mon Khy the porn stays!!!

    • Matt

      Yeah, cut out one of your kidneys, not the porn!

  • Halloween_Vic

    You know I never thought about that but he would be PERFECT as a new Freddy. He has the acting chops, I’m sure with the FX make up he would look awesome and most importantly he has the perfect voice to portray Freddy. I’m in sign his ass up and get this movie rolling.

    • Matt

      Well said, sir.

      • Halloween_Vic

        😉

    • Matt

      Let’s have Freddy actually look more like Freddy this time!

      • Halloween_Vic

        Yes I agree, maybe with Bacon they can accomplish that!

  • Matt

    I’m very intrigued by this possibility. I’d definitely like to hear more on this soon!

  • Glitchiee Glitch

    i could actually see that … good call lady person from twitter! at first i was like ugh no that sound so fucki…… hmm wait a minute lol ANYTHING would be better than jackie

  • Darkness69

    I like Bacon, so I’m not completely against this idea. Only, if a remake really comes to fruition, there needs to be a full respect for the character of Freddy and the franchise mythology – in other words, the complete opposite from the horrible abomination of a remake in 2010.

    • Matt

      Truer words have never been spoken.

  • This wouldn’t have been an obvious choice to me but it works. He can play creepy and sinister as well as over the top and unhinged. This would be perfect. Yes, please. New Line take notice.

    • Khy

      We need to make this go viral

      • Hey, bitching about Blomkamp’s Alien got that movie…well, it got Ridley Scott to do an actual sequel rather than another Prometheus. Maybe there’s hope?

      • Matt

        I have a cold, would that help?

        • Khy

          Lmao Matt

  • CB Punk

    #freethebacon

  • James

    Oh yes please!!

    If we are not getting Jackie again then yes to Kevin bacon. Though I still think Billy Bob Thornton would nail the part.

    • Matt

      If I didn’t know better, I might think you were being sarcastic.

      • James

        Haha no I’m serious. I’ve always though billy bob would make a great Freddy. If not him I’d be all for Kevin bacon in the role for sure. Love him.

        • Matt

          I’m a Billy Bob fan also (I mean, who wouldn’t like a guy named Billy Bob!), but I don’t know. I suppose it might work. He does look more gaunt these days. In the ‘Sling Blade’ days it wouldn’t have worked, but why not?

          • Saturn

            Who doesn’t like a guy called Billy Bob?
            Angelina Jolie? Brad Pitt?

    • Matt

      I need to get my eyes checked. The first time I saw this I thought you said Jackie Chan! LOL!

      • Saturn

        Now that could have potential…….

    • HarryWarden

      I’ve always thought Robert Knepper (TV’s Prison Break, lots of other stuff) would be a great Freddy. Bacon has more starpower though and I’ve always liked him so I wouldn’t be opposed if he gets the role.

    • Cheesesteak

      Would Thornton’s Freddie wear SlingBlades on his fingers? Some call it a Kaiser Blade I call it a Sling Blade mmmm hmmm. “I will haunt you in your dreams if you don’t make me some french fried taters.”

      • James

        You just had to put that image in my head and ruin it for me didn’t you??

        • Cheesesteak

          mmmm hmmmm

          • James

            Bastard….

          • Cheesesteak

            I like the way you talk ;-P

  • Francesco Falciani

    calm down. it will never hapen. we won’t get a new nightmare movie for a very long time.

    • Matt

      Don’t you believe it. If they smell a pay-day, they’ll do it. If Kevin Bacon is serious about this, that just might get the ball rolling.

  • oh_riginal

    I’d only be interested in seeing another remake if they went in a new direction with it.

    How about make it so that Freddy was actually innocent of his crimes all along? His reason for revenge could be because he was WRONGED by the parents of the victim children, and it was actually someone else that molested/killed them.

    And no, Freddy in the dream world doesn’t have to be sympathetic. He would be evil, but for drastically different reasons, rather than being an evil guy who becomes an evil dream demon. It would make him more complex, and Kevin Bacon is great with complex characters.

  • Dee-abolik

    From victim in F13 to Freddy…

  • AphroditeBoy

    Him or William Dafoe.

  • diapers

    Mr Bacon is a funny guy and a goofball, it is likely he is just drunk posting… but I’d love to see it. It would be the ultimate wink to us horror freaks. As would Bacon taking the role of a Crazy Ralph type character in a new F13th movie.

  • David Vileo

    I’m thinking this is good. this needs to spread.

  • Otterlee

    I’d love to see that.

  • Vincent Kane

    I’m one of the few or possibly the only one that would like a movie about Freddy Krueger before he was burned alive. A “prequel” I guess. Showing all the heinous things he did that led to the parents torching him,which would be the end of the movie, and then go into the sequel with him being the nightmare Freddy. If you made it feel real and gritty it could be awesome. IMO of course. Kevin Bacon would be great if he played it somewhat close to what he did in Sleepers. Everyone would hate him and no sympathy.

    • Saturn

      Thing is (and that guy who played him, can’t remember his name……., has said he would be willing to do a prequel, so he doesn’t have to wear the make up) IF the did go down that route then people would complain about it not being like the others.

      • Vincent Kane

        Jackie Earl Haley? People are going to complain regardless because that’s what people do nowadays and that its not Robert Englund. I’m just one of those who doesn’t care as long as it is good.

        • Saturn

          I actually meant Robert Englund, I was joking about not remembering his name. Reading back my other post though it could be read as I was on about Jackie.

          • Vincent Kane

            Oh gotcha. Haha. Yea I remember reading that before too. I’m down with Englund or Bacon doing the prequel as long as they could do the next one after of course.

  • Freddy D Roberts

    Robert Knepper

    • EvilHead1981

      People still holding on to that one? Might as well cast Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Nancy too(Knepper was the fan favorite for Freddy, just like I remember Winstead was the “go to” girl for most roles, similar to how Katie Sackhoff is the belle of fancasting).

  • blueskythis

    Kevin can do bad… He does it good. Does anyone remember him as Jack in the first Friday the 13th? (1980) incidentally Johnny Depp was in the first Nightmare on Elm Street… all the X geners out there will remember.

    Maybe Johnny should play Freddy, he’s been kinda bad lately …

  • astronauta69

    OMG yes, of course yes, oh and… YES

    • Matt

      Stop fooling around, and tell us what you really think. Are you in or not?

  • DBZEROGRAVITY

    That might actually work. I still wish season 4 of The Following would happen

  • fannypack aficionado

    I like this idea.

  • JenT

    so 6 degrees of Creepy??!! sure sure, it could be Great! but I never ever watched the Freddy films why too evil for me!! I think its an Awesome idea! you have my Blessing!! wonder what wifey thinks??!

    • Matt

      He should do like everyone else does, just don’t tell her!

  • Therese Allie

    can’t be any worse than that last remake…it’s possible Kevin could pull it off 🙂

  • John Vasiliou

    It might actually happen if Kevin wants to star in it.

  • Silver Surfer

    whats
    wrong with Freddy playing Freddy he stars in movies on Syfy all the
    time. Hes in all of the Lack Placid movies nobody does Freddy like
    Freddy himself!

    • Matt

      I totally agree with you. Unfortunately Mr. Englund has made it clear, in no uncertain terms, that he is not interested in being Freddy anymore. I’m not sure I understand this, as I’m sure it pays better than SciFi, but it’s his call.

      • Saturn

        From what I remember reading it’s not that he doesn’t want to play Freddy anymore, it’s just that he doesn’t want the ordeal of the make-up.
        He is on record saying that he would be willing to do a pre-burn prequel – as he feels that the character would work as an older man.

    • EvilHead1981

      Robert says he’s through playing Freddy. No matter how cool it would be to see him don the Freddy makeup and persona in a NEW, original NOES movie, it ain’t gonna happen.

      • rainshadow

        I think the only way it happens is if they wrangle Kane Hodder in and pitch it to Englund as his chance to work with Hodder on a Freddy vs Jason sequel.

        • Saturn

          And Bruce.

          • lostboy408

            That version already exists in comic book format

          • Saturn

            Indeed it does – and it’s very good.

          • lostboy408

            The sequel The Nightmare Warriors, while a bit cluttered, was actually better. Give that a read if you can find it. You want regret it!

          • Saturn

            I have read, and enjoyed, both.
            I would say for any fans of any of the 3 franchises they are highly recommend.

  • EvilHead1981

    I can see Kevin as Freddy. They’d just have to do two things:

    1. Play with Kevin’s features when caking on makeup. Don’t hide them. Robert Englund’s face is pretty pronounced under his makeup and it works good to show his expressiveness. Jackie Earle Haley has an awesome looking face that was HEAVILY hidden under mounds of makeup. That’s a damn SIN!

    2. Do the voice modulating thing. We need an inhuman sounding Freddy.

    • Meisha’s Taint

      I don’t like your second idea and could not agree more about your first! Facial expressions are like half of acting so let us see them!

      But the other half is their voice so please don’t modify it. Let Kevin do the heavy lifting he can handle it.

  • Mightygil

    I think this would actually have potential, but of course it takes a lot more than just a possibly good Freddy

  • Pulagatha

    I can’t find it anywhere, but I remember once reading that Samuel Bayer did test footage for the Elm Street remake and Kevin Bacon was the person who dressed up for the test footage.

  • TheMuppetManiac

    Jackie Earle Haley really could’ve been great as Freddy. The movie just wasn’t good and the makeup was bad. He was the only good thing about the movie, but he was working with a crappy script and a bad director.

    It really wouldn’t matter if the writers and director aren’t great. I would be curious to see what Bacon’s Freddy would be like though. It would be interesting if the got the Duffer brothers to write and direct.

  • Rohan Sorensen

    Honestly, Jackie Earl Haley was way scarier than Robert England as Freddy, but the problem was that he wasn’t Freddy. Freddy has a sense of humor, which is what Haley was lacking. Kevin Bacon can be pretty funny, and in a similar vein to what Robert England brought to the table. He would make a great Freddy.

    • lfhlaw

      Actually I think the First Nightmare was a true horror film with bits of humor. In the sequels to follow, the humor became more prominent and tongue in cheek.

      • Rohan Sorensen

        Yeah, the first was a lot less humorous than that latter installments. I believe that Haley was a lot scarier than Englund at his scariest, even in the original.

    • Saturn

      My main issue with the remake (aside from recreating classic scenes with cgi, and recreating them in an inferior manner) was that it seemed the writers didn’t know what they wanted from Freddy.
      For most of the movie it was deadly serious – and Freddy was scary again.
      But towards the end they decided to add a few jokes into the mix – and that spoiled it for me.
      I was ORIGINAL 2 movie Fred Krueger – not stand up comedian Freddy.

      • Rohan Sorensen

        That’s what I’m saying. Haley just wasn’t Freddy, even when he was scary. Even though he was much scarier, you can’t replace Englund. Englund is Freddy.

      • El_Fez

        I kind of like a balance. Witty Freddy, but not completely over the top wacky Freddy.

    • Overton Green

      No way… Robert in the first NOES was pure evil and extremely scary. The first film plays with a grit and meanness that none of the sequels outside of the homo-erotic oddity that was “Freddy’s Revenge” could ever match.

      Freddy wasn’t humorous at all in the first film. He was far more sadistic with this hint of creepy pedophile mixed in.

      I think Robert played Freddy with a nastiness, and vulnerability in the first film that even he never was able to recreate in the sequels.

      Robert was just pure murderous, pedophile, creeper in the first film. There were glimpses in the original film of a guy in your neighborhood you were afraid of growing up. The older guy that was probably just far to friendly with the local kids to be normal.

      Somehow that perverted, playfulness that many child predators use to lure children in morphed into this jokester that infected the sequels to a point that the character stopped being scary, and became a joke, and an anti-hero of sorts.

      Dream Warriors was probably the best case of mean, and nasty Freddy with a strong dose of comedy. I think there was a desire to move to a bit more “fun” considering how disturbing and dark the “Freddy’s Revenge” was. I mean if you look at Dream Warriors it plays pretty much like The Avengers or some Marvel movie. It’s a superhero movie in the horror genre.

      Ultimately Jackie Earl Haley was the best thing about the remake. No one will ever replace Robert but I don’t think that is the problem with trying to revive the franchise. The problem with the remake was the movie itself was 100% garbage with tons of people completely miscast for parts. Jackie wasn’t one of them though. He was great in the role, and I liked what he brought to the film. To bad he had such a garbage movie to work with.

      • Rohan Sorensen

        I think in pure creepiness, Haley edged out Englund in looks and voice. The remake was good in that it captured the creepiness of the original, but it didn’t capture the spirit. Freddy was scary, and had an interesting lead up where he might have been innocent. Overall, remake Freddy was scarier, but original Freddy had more character.

        • Overton Green

          I guess we just have a different idea of what is scary. There was nothing scary about the remake. It was a travesty of a film, and even the parts that were not vomit worthy are borderline unwatchable.

          Even mentioning anything about that film being scarier than the original makes me think you are trolling or arguing for the sake of.

          The only people that could possibly think remake Freddy was scarier than the original is someone that has either never see the original, or is under 21 years old.

          • Rohan Sorensen

            The movie isn’t scarier, but the incarnation of Freddy is. The new movie sucked, but did have a good Freddy. All the other actors did an awful job, which is a shame. Haley did a fantastic job at being Freddy, and managed to be scarier than the original movie’s Freddy, in my opinion.

          • Darnell

            Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but I am certain that your opinion is in the vast minority.

            The number of people that think Jackie was scarier than Robert in the original Nightmare on Elm Street you can count probably on one hand.

            You are the only person I have ever heard say this. It’s borderline insane lol. But hey you are entitled to your own opinion.

            I can only think someone very young could think that. Someone that wasn’t born when the original movie released and the age of the original doesn’t allow them to be pulled in.

            That is really the only thing I can come up with for such an out in left field opinion.

          • Rohan Sorensen

            I understand where you are coming from, and I’m sure that I know what your way of thinking is. You are a purist, and so am I. Englund Freddy is better than Haley Freddy, yes, but is he scarier? The answer to that is a definite no. Englund can be creepy as Freddy, but he is nowhere near as terrifying as Haley’s take on the character. The voice, the face, everything. The only problem I have with Haley is that he didn’t nail down the Englund stance, where he is leaning a little to the right. Other than that, Haley nailed it. He brought a new, terrifying look to a classic character, and managed to surpass it in creepiness, but yet again, not in character. Too bad Rooney Mara took the lead in the film.

          • Darnell

            I am anything but a purist. I view your opinion like I would someone that said Citizen Kane is a bad movie. Or someone saying the remake of The Thing is scarier than the original or the killer in the remake if Black Christmas is more frighteing than the original.

            Basically your opinion is so outside the box that I struggle to even come up with a proper response.

            Your opinion is shared by probably three other people on planet earth. You would be harpressed to find anyone that would agree that Jackie in the remake was scarier than Robert in the original.

            Obviously I think you are wrong and borderline insane but different opinions make the world go round.

          • Rohan Sorensen

            I think you should watch the remake again and compare the two, because your opinion that Englund is scarier than Haley is insane. Englund’s is scary as Freddy, yes, but nowhere near as scary as Haley was in the remake. Watch the original and the remake back to back, compare the two, then come back and tell me I’m wrong.

          • Overton Green

            i watch both films often. You are wrong. In the same way someone saying Jaws 4 is scarier than the original lol.

          • Rohan Sorensen

            Well, watch them again, because you are the one that is wrong. lol

          • Overton Green

            you are under 25 years of age correct? If you are that pretty much explains everything.

          • Rohan Sorensen

            Are you over 35? If so that explains everything.

          • Overton Green

            So I was right…discussion over

          • Rohan Sorensen

            So you are.

          • Rohan Sorensen

            Does age make me wrong? I believe it opens my view to accept new and old, and not be stuck in the past like you.

          • Darnell

            Opinions are always open for debate. In the case of judging art it’s all subjective. I don’t know about him but in knew you were young and had to be born after the original released.

            It has nothing to do with you being wrong because you are young. It has to do with your age limiting your scope on a film that is set in an era you didn’t get to experience.

            It’s like when a 20 year old tells me the original Halloween isn’t scary and is boring. It’s because they didn’t live during that era. They don’t understand the mood and experience of that time that made Halloween one of the most terrifying movies ever made.

            So I don’t think your opinion is invalid because of your age. I feel your age makes your opinion lack perspective because you have no idea the impact of Robert’s performance because you were not alive during that time.

            The new version being scarier to you makes sense because you didn’t live during the era the 80s.

            It would be like me saying the original Dracula wasn’t as scary as the Gary Oldman version. Impossible to compare since I didn’t live during the era.

          • Matt

            Bravo Darnell, well said.

          • Rohan Sorensen

            I’m not talking era here though, I’m talking pure creepiness. Newer incarnations of scary characters can surpass the original in sheer creepiness, such as 30DON Vampire vs Dracula. There are also cases in which original characters are still creepier than newer incarnations, such as Nosfuratu, who still seems to be creepier than the newest incarnations. No matter the times of release, characters can still be creepier than their past and future selves, and the best way to see that is by viewing them side by side as though they were released at the same time. Unbiased, Haley is scarier than Englund, regardless of age, just as Schrek is scarier than Lugosi. It’s just a comparison of sheer creepiness, not quality of character.

          • Darnell

            The very fact that my entire point seems to go over your head is a clear sign of youth. You are so focused on being right.

            Again you can’t really argue something you didn’t experience. You have absolutely no experience to draw from.

            Again claiming 30 Days of Night vamps are scarier than Dracula is a ridiculous arguments.

            You didn’t live during the era universal monster movies released so you have no perspective.

            Age brings with it experience and perspective. You can’t know what it felt like growing up in the 70s and 80s in an era with no internet. I won’t waste time trying to explain the eras to you. Nothing will ever be able to make you understand.

            However you can hold to your opinion that the Remake version of Freddy is more scary than the original movie’s Freddy.

            You are in the vast minority and it doesn’t matter since you didn’t experience the 80s and weren’t even alive when it released.

            When it comes to horror films the era and time period they were made in has a direct impact on the fright factor.

            I mean is The Shallows scarier than Jaws? Well to a 15 year old it probably is. That doesn’t mean it is but seeing as a 15 year old wasn’t alive when Jaws released gives them zero perspective. They gave out barf bags during the viewing of Jaws and the Exorcist.

          • Rohan Sorensen

            Yet again, I’m not talking about how scary they are in their era. I’m talking about how they hold up nowadays. I’m sure people were fucking terrified when they showed that movie of the train coming toward the camera, but does that make it more thrilling than a movie like, I don’t know, Runaway train? No. But according to you it is.

          • Cheesesteak

            Opinions differ, get over it. No need to be a douche over it.

          • Cheesesteak

            just chiming in here…I really like the remake and was surprised so as I LOVE the original(seen it MANY MANY times, first time in the theater in ’84)

  • Stew Sidaway

    Kevin Bacon as anyone. The man is a damn fine actor. But don’t make Freddy out to be a pedophile, he never was, just in that stupid remake. You’re basically insulting Freddy’s entire fan following by saying that

    • Damon

      He was, they were afraid to put it in the original movie in the 80’s because they were afraid of repercussions, there is an interview about it.

    • Meisha’s Taint

      I think it’s always been known he was a pedophile they just never spelt it out

    • Saturn

      Freddy was ALWAYS meant to be a nonce.
      The reason it wasn’t spelled out so much in the original (but was touched upon in later movies – no pun intended) was that during the filming there was some kind of big news story involving paedophilia in the US, so they decided to move away from it being so blatant.

      You’re insulting Freddy’s entire fan base by not knowing that! 😉

    • El_Fez

      While I hate to defend the remake, it was always pretty clear that Freddy liked the little girls that way. They never directly spelled it out, but it was very, very strongly implied.

  • Camel Feet

    Reading through the comments, it’s clear we’re all fans of the original. As fans of the original, who want to see a successful reboot, we need to embrace change, though. I see a lot of calls for making it just like the originals. No, that will never work. Sure, everyone in here will go see it, but then it will get panned as a fan-service movie and we won’t get another. I, like you, don’t want big change, but we’ve got to expect and embrace some new interpretation. “True Grit” is a good example of a remake that is the same, but different, in good ways.

    I think Kevin Bacon would be perfect. No one mentioned his Sebastian Shaw role in comparison. Powerful, controlling, evil for the sake of evil, and wise-cracking. A few tweaks and you’ve got a great Freddy. DO NOT soften him, give him some backstory where he’s innocent or misunderstood, or whatever. Freddy killed children for pleasure (I don’t even think you have to go the pedophile route). Maybe he killed them because he hated the adults for some reason… I would be willing to bend there. But he’s evil, and that’s what’s scary. Don’t try to PC it or explain it away. His evil in life translates to a greater evil in death, with even greater power. And that’s even scarier. Pure evil because he can and wants to. I’m tired of Hollywood trying to make us relate to or understand bad guys: every ghost story now has some underlying cause.

    Someone said prequel, and I could get behind that. “Freddy” could be a horrific and chilling beginning. Don’t get graphic, just show a grinning Kevin Bacon closing in on a trapped teen in the boiler room, blades scraping the walls, as he delivers a witty pre-slaughter line. Give me a decent backstory and I’m in. Just an off-the-cuff idea: A disturbed/violent felon trying to hide and eek out parole living as a janitor, but the parents give him unrelenting crap, so he says screw it, I’m all-in bad and taking what you love. And, you know what, I really like this: show his progression from an initial act of rage to enjoying the hunt and kill. In the next movie, he now already hates the parents for two reasons, he has his MO, and he loves what he does. Done.

    • El_Fez

      One of the interesting angles that the 2010 version had – and then promptly swerved away from – was the idea that Fred was wrongly accused of being a child rapist and that he back for revenge because of the mob mentality accidentally killing the wrong man.

      Mind you, the movie threw that idea away seconds after bringing it up, but I thought it could have been a great idea if explored properly.

      • Saturn

        I remember watching the remake in the cinema, and at the end was kinda disappointed that they didn’t go down the route of Freddy actually being innocent of the crimes he was killed for.
        That would have been much more interesting – and that perhaps he came back as some kind of growing collective guilt that the accusers were feeling as they grew older and were realising just what they had done.

  • David

    Honestly… I can say I enjoyed the remake of Nightmare. LOVED: No… Enjoyed: FUCK YEAH!!!

    • Cheesesteak

      I thought Jackie Earl’s Freddie was outstanding…not sure why others don’t agree. I never thought I’d like the reboot as I am a die hard NOES fan BUT, I was pleasantly surprised. I also appreciated the darker tone and that the plot was closer to what the original wanted to be before too many real news stories about child abuse came out at the time.

  • Jack Williams

    Absolutely Kevin Bacon is one of the finest actors on screen, and I think probably only he gets “it” and it would be awesome. Anyone who saw Hollow Man knows he can deliver the Evil Goods and who could forget Taps brilliantly crazy! Go for it KB, you got this one!

    • Creepshow

      Yes, he’s excellent when on screen. So… Hollow Man is not the “go to” film reference for Kevin Bacon.

  • Jason Strawder

    I have been saying it for years. Michael Cera has the look and the build to play a creepy ass Freddy. I think he has the acting chops to do it and given the right voice mod I think it would be reminiscent of Robert Englund’s version.

    • Lunarsickness

      NO PLEASE NO

    • Creepshow

      Thank you for sharing, Michael Cera.

    • Meisha’s Taint

      I honestly can’t think of a worse actor for the role than Michael Cera. I really can’t I hope you are kidding

  • Ian Rosen

    He has this kind of sneer that he uses sometimes, that would be perfect. Great idea.

  • WALKTER

    Mabey we can get 6 degrees of a new freddy.

  • Angela M Campany

    Nope .

  • Werewolf

    I’d definitely watch it. Bacon can be a sadistic fucker when he wants to be.
    And he throws himself into his characters completely.

  • Ozzy TYSON

    And Jared Leto as Lestat… 😉

    • Saturn

      No, as Nancy!

  • silentevil77

    If I can’t have Robert England then hell yeah I take Kevin Bacon

  • Meisha’s Taint

    I think what Robert England brang to the role which made Freddy so interesting was his outgoing personality. Jackie Earl’s Freddy reminded me of the singer from Slipknot, almost devoid of any personality whatsoever it just didn’t feel right.

    Kevin Bacon has that unique quality to him where he could play Freddy. but still have that very likable personality shine through and could bring both that humor, and the darkness that is almost impossible for other actors do do other than England.

    What a great idea I’m all of a sudden excited for another Nightmare On Elm Street which I thought I would never say again

    • Shawn Simpson

      Corey Taylor(lead singer for Slipknot)actually has a lot of personality and it shows on stage so that argument isn’t exactly valid. The problem with Haley’s Krueger was that shit stain for a make up job. I thought Jackie was a good Freddy who could have been a killer Freddy had the writers and the makeup team known wtf they were doing. But I fully agree with your take on Bacon playing Freddy. He would be so damn great in that role!

      • Meisha’s Taint

        The mask….were talking about the mask looking like Jackie’s face. Not what he does on stage

        • Shawn Simpson

          You did not make that clear at all in your initial comment. You stated and I quote “Jackie Earl’s Freddy reminded me of the singer from Slipknot, almost devoid of any personality whatsoever it just didn’t feel right.”….now where in that did you mention anything about the mask? You didn’t that’s the damn point. You mentioned personality so I defended someone who I have seen give personality through a mask which goes against your initial argument. You need to learn how to be more specific in what you are talking about. Besides I agree with everything you said about Englund and Bacon so whats the point of nit picking my response based on your ability to not shine a light on what it is that actually bothered you about Haley. Because no one who reads your comment is going to go…oh he’s upset about the mask. No they will go like I did and think you are talking about the overall performance and presence on screen.

  • Saturn

    I like the idea of Kevin Bacon being Freddy, but I believe that afterwards Ice Cube should get the role.
    He can be the Freddy After Next.

  • PsychoMantis18

    Bacon? Yes, please.

  • Sommerleigh Pollonais

    Yes! They need to jump on this shit now! RIGHT NOW! Stir of Echoes, Hollow Man, The Following and he got his start in films with Friday the friggin’ 13th. THIS IS THE NOES remake I want to see

  • Adam Wells

    I could see this work. Kevin Bacon is superb in every role he takes on. Just don’t make the mistake some iconic reboots are doing these days and try to give the pure evil a justified backstory , looking at you Rob Zombies Halloween and A Nightmare on Elm Street remake. Although Freddy was implied to be a pedophile they didn’t make it a pivotal plot point in the original and it worked.

  • wrestling fan 36

    Kevin Bacon as Freddy would be cool and it would certainly being life back to that franchise. Only question is would he be down to reprise the role in the sequels?

  • RawBeard

    in the reboot make Freddy an innocent who is falsely accused of abusing children (make it the Sheriff who frames him) then due to media manipulation everyone believes the lies and Freddy is killed by a lynch mob. As he dies he vows to make them all pay and he will haunt their dreams…

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