One of the great things about Robert Englund is that he NEVER seems to get sick of talking about Freddy Krueger or the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. Ever since he first brought the iconic dream demon to the screen back in 1984, we’re pretty sure that Englund hasn’t done a single interview where he wasn’t asked about the series, and yet, he’s still as genuinely excited about all things Elm Street all these years later. A true horror icon, if there ever was one.
Speaking with Florida Today prior to this past weekend’s Spooky Empire (which was cancelled due to the impending threat of Hurricane Matthew), Englund dug back through his Elm Street memories to talk about set experiences and his favorite one-liners, but what really caught our eye was his pitch for a new installment in the series. The interviewer asked Englund what he would’ve changed about the franchise had he been in charge, and he excitedly revealed his concept.
“If I was in control of my own Nightmare on Elm Street movie I have an idea I would have liked to see,” said Englund. “I thought it would be great if the children of previous victims, or just kids who grew up hearing stories about Freddy Krueger, were each haunted by their own version of Freddy Krueger. Kids who grew up hearing stories about this Freddy Krueger guy and the awful things he did envisioned him in their own way, and that is the version that begins to haunt them.”
“Some people may picture him as stout, another might envision him as tall and thin, another with a different hat, or a different sweater,” he continued. “He could have different gloves, or even a glove with small razor blades as referred to in the first movie. It would be neat to see very different interpretations of Freddy Krueger based on the child’s vision of who or what Freddy was to them. After all, each person’s subconscious would picture him in a totally different way.”
An interesting idea, to say the least, and one that would actually be perfect for a Nightmare on Elm Street reboot. The biggest problem the franchise faces, going forward, is that it’s pretty much impossible for any actor on the planet to fill Robert Englund’s massive shoes, so the idea of different actors playing very different interpretations of Freddy Krueger is nothing if not intriguing. Without Englund in the role, there’s no sense even trying to bring Freddy back, so why not go in a completely new direction and do something wildly different?
What do you think? Is Englund onto something here?