A different kind of 'Nightmare on Elm Street'

Nightmareonelmst_lAccording to Variety, New Line is rebooting the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, à la the recent reboots of Halloween and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (and the upcoming reboot of Friday the 13th), but this new Nightmare is apparently going to star someone other than Robert Englund as Freddy. A reboot seems like a bad enough idea (or at least a superfluous one), but no Englund? C’mon, he made that series. He’s not like the less-than-verbal slashers in the other franchises. You can’t just put any lunk behind the burn scars and clawed glove. Sure, New Line can cast someone younger who can make Nightmare movies for years to come, but for most of us, when we see Freddy Krueger, we’ll close our eyes and think of Englund.

Who’s going to start the "Keep Robert Englund" petition? Who can think of an actor who would do a better job? And who wishes the studio would just leave well enough alone?

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  • Phil

    Gary I completely AGREE with you whole-heartedly. Though I tend to enjoy Michael Bay’s rock-em-sock-em productions, THIS franchsise is not like resurrecting Firday the 13th or Texas Chainsaw in that the slasher is both vocal & not hidden behind a hockey mask or a mask of mutilated flesh! Part of what made Freddy so successful for New Line was that Freddy not only tortured the kids in their dreams, but shot witty & sarcastic jabs at the teens as certain as they would shack up & screw each other at some point during the movie! IF they do resurrect the Nightmare series though, I would HOPE the re-boot would involve the kids experimenting with not just sleeping pills, but dr#@s to keep from falling asleep, since they are more widely available today than when Freddy 1st started torturing teens afraid to fall asleep back in the early 80’s. If you’re going to update the series don’t just TRY and replace the maniacal boogeyman. But like I said a Nightmare with Robert is kinda just a bad dream!

  • Phil

    WITHOUT Robert, sorry typo!

  • BHM1304

    Robert Englund has all of two recognizable roles on his resume (Freddy Kreuger and Willy on the sci-fi mini-series “V”). If they re-boot this franchise and fail to give the role of Freddy Kreuger to him – no one will go see it.
    Englund gave this character his sarcasm and wit and should not be recast. EVER.

  • Snarf

    If they are going to do go ahead and do this (and the original was quite scary) I’d suggest Ben Foster as Freddy Krueger.

  • Rob Grizzly

    Leave well enough alone? How long have you been working in this industry, Gary?

  • Darma Boy

    Ben Foster IS a great choice! Come to think of it, there are plenty of good actors that could take the Elm Street series from campy fun to really twisted and fresh. (Look at Heath Ledger’s Joker). I’m optomistic

  • jaime

    For some reason the first person that came to mind was freddie prince jr. . .where has he been????
    Random thought i know. . .cus he wouldnt be good. . .but i dont know who would.

  • Heather Wixson

    I have been B**ching about this all day (I write for a horror site so you can understand why this bugs me). Freddy Krueger is probably the most iconic villain of all horror (yes, there’s the old Dracula/Wolfman/Mummy guys but new audiences always find that Freddy resonates with them) and to not have Robert involved is a travesty. I met Robert at a convention this summer and he said they were looking at a prequel/reboot and most likely he couldn’t star because of his age (let’s think how silly Anthony Hopkins looked in Red Dragon, trying to be younger). I also don’t like the idea of a prequel because it’s hard to root for a character who’s not supernatural and preys on little children (like Freddy originally did before he got burned). Who wants to root for that guy? Give me the crazy dream-based one-liner delivering guy who shoves teens into TVs or squishes them in a roach motel.
    I am so PO’d about this whole situation. Why can’t there be more movies like Hatchet?

  • Larry

    Leave Britney Aloooooone!
    Ahem, I mean Leave Freddy Alone!!!!!!!

  • Heather Wixson

    The Hatchet comment was in reference to doing original horror and STOP remaking the originals which still hold over…”Hellraiser,” “Friday the 13th,” and “Halloween” are just a few that come to mind…UGH!

  • Strepsi

    I agree with Phil, the first poster, that the most interesting part of the first couple movies was the terrifying prospect of trying NOT TO SLEEP. If they can re-gain that, and make Freddy scary again, good. I would love to see Englund retain the part, but Snarf’s idea of Ben Foster is GENIUS. He was really nasty and funny in 3:10 to Yuma. Team Ben Foster.

  • Anonymous

    Well, let’s see, the Texas Chainsaw remake sucked, the Halloween remake sucked even more, not a good track record. Oh, and the only thing worse than Rob Zombie’s movies is his music.


    …they STOP re-making the only few classics in a generally crap genre (that i happen to love although it lets me down again and again), and try to come up with A GOOD NEW IDEA FOR A HORROR MOVIE? For the love of god, please.

  • Stephanie T.

    You see it’s possible to change Jason being that about four different actors had portrayed him but Robert Englund not as Freddy would be like Elizabeth Berkley admitting that she cannot act. It would be impossible. And I second that old horror movies should not be re-made, especially bad ones like “He Knows You’re Alone” (1980).

  • paige

    ben foster sounds like a good idea but if he was smart he would not take it. this would not be a very smart career movie considering i dont think anyone will care to see this movie with or especially without robert englund. we shouldve all known they were gonna remake this sooner or later cause people forked over their paychecks to see the other stupid remakes… i guess we will all wait and see when the trailer arrives. but now whats next? is there any other horror franchise that is “dying to be remade”? child’s play comes to mind… how bout the howling?

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