Ahead of this Wednesday’s Halloween episode of “The Goldbergs,” wherein Robert Englund stars as Freddy Krueger, Englund appeared on Access Live this afternoon, and he was naturally asked if he’d ever be up for playing Freddy one more time in another Nightmare on Elm Street film. Englund has been asked this same question multiple times over the years, but his answer this time was a little bit different. It seems he may not be fully retired after all.
“I think they want to reboot the franchise, but they’re gonna need a new actor,” Englund told the show’s hosts. “They’re gonna need a new actor to play Freddy because they’re gonna have to do eight of them. I might have one left in me… but yeah.”
What Englund is essentially saying here is that he wouldn’t be able to pull off playing Freddy for a whole new franchise at this point in his life, but he seems up to the task of at least getting back under the makeup and into the striped sweater for one more go at it on the big screen. Previously, Englund had been shooting down the idea entirely, even as a one-shot deal.
All I’m saying is, if New Line wants an $80 million, Halloween-style opening weekend, they’d be smart to bring back Englund for a proper Elm Street swan song. From there, the baton could be passed to another actor, perhaps another “Dream Demon” character entirely, but god damn would it be a missed opportunity to not take Englund up on his “one left in me” tease.
Hey, anything is possible in the world of horror.
Thanks to @ChicnPink for the heads up!