It’s actually sort of surprising that we’ve never seen the origin story of Freddy Krueger get its own movie, as it’s a pretty damn interesting one. Of course, Tobe Hooper did bring that story to life in the awesome pilot episode of “Freddy’s Nightmares,” and the film franchise has touched upon the backstory several times, but a full-on prequel movie maybe isn’t a terrible idea.
And one person who would love to see it is Freddy himself, Robert Englund.
“I’ve always thought that [not having a prequel] is a misruling in the mythology of A Nightmare on Elm Street,” Englund told the crowd at the recent Monster Mania convention in Hunt Valley, Maryland. “It got close to being rectified with Tobe Hooper’s pilot for the TV series, and there was a script that was supposedly to be directed by John McNaughton, who did Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. There was a prequel script… I think it was called Krueger: The First Kills. And it was… the last children being killed… the two detectives that found Freddy and busted him… then the body of the film were the ambulance-chasing, sleazy lawyers that get Freddy off.”
He continued, “The lawyers are actually the best parts [of that script]. There’s two of them. Freddy in court… Freddy at the table… Freddy on the witness stand… Freddy in jail. But it’s about the lawyers getting him off. They get him off and Freddy gloats too much on the courtroom stairs. The end of the movie is Freddy being burned alive. I’ve had a fascination with these projects since I did the pilot with Tobe Hooper.”
“I would love to cameo in anything with integrity, connected with the franchise,” Englund also noted.
You can watch some of that Monster Mania Q&A below.