The original Freddy Krueger, Robert Englund, is beloved by horror fans and commands our respect. When Englund talks, we listen, even if it is just speculation.
In an interview with Red Carpet News, Englund revealed not only his thoughts on that dire Nightmare on Elm Street remake, but also what he believes we will be seeing next.
Earlier this year it was reported that New Line were planning to reboot the franchise once again, although it was not confirmed whether Jackie Earle Haley would return as the updated Krueger. Englund has some theories on what New Line are planning:
“[There’s] gossip that apparently they approached Tuesday Knight, the young actress from Elm Street 4 who replaced Patricia Arquette,” said Englund. “I tried to think, what does that mean? They can’t possibly be remaking A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 1 again? They just did that! It’s like remaking Godzilla twice in a row – they should have learned from lesson by now”
“I think they may be remaking A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 3,” adds Englund, pointing out that this is all speculation. “Dream Warriors is the most successful and popular of the franchise. It would make sense for them in a kind of A Nightmare On Elm Street cinematic pun, to hire Tuesday to play the mother…because that would mean she’s playing her own mother. Obviously Tuesday’s older now, it kind of makes sense. So that’s my theory.”
“They’re not gonna bring me back for Freddy, but perhaps they would bring me back in a cameo as the elderly dream expert at the local clinic for dream analysis or dream therapy or something like that,” he continued. “Maybe they would be smart or wise enough to capitalize on that.”
Englund then went on to discuss the 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, but first he spoke highly of Jackie Earle Haley’s performance as Freddy. “I’m happy to hand it off to Jackie… Jackie is a terrific actor.”
While it did seem strange seeing someone else play Freddy, Haley did a terrific job, and was probably the only part of the film that was good. Englund went on the talk about the remake, and where its major issues were:
“I think the problem with the reboot was in timing,” exclaimed Englund, who gives nods to the impressive cast that also included Rooney Mara, Kyle Gallner, Katie Cassidy, Thomas Dekker, Clancy Brown and Connie Britton.
He continues: “I think they had just released the deluxe Blu-ray digitally remastered box set of all of my [Elm Street] movies – months before, within the year before the reboot – and an entire new younger generation saw those films on a 50? flatscreen in dad’s man cave during an adolescence sleepover.” He adds: “Those movies look great that way, and they hold up, especially Part 5, the double bill of Part 3 and 4, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, and Freddy vs Jason, which is a comparably recent film. They had just seen those. It was just too soon [for the remake] and it suffered by comparison.”
“There’s also a rumor they reshot the entire opening,” says Englund. “It does cast a pall over the film [as] everyone is already tainted by Freddy. There’s a black cloud over the kids already. I think you need to meet the kids, the fathers, meet the Elm Street brats before they’re under the shadow of, and haunted by Freddy.
He adds: “[They needed] the ‘before and after’ before Freddy begins the cat and mouse with them all. That ingredient was stepped on, that design was stepped on by their reshoots, which set it deeper into the curse of Freddy before the movie began.”
Check out the full interview in the below video: