The trouble with making a new Freddy Kruger horror film is that the man from our nightmares only has one face and that goes by Robert Englund.
Unlike Michael Myers and Jason-even though Nick Castle and Kane Hodder will forever be the ultimate Haddonfield and Camp Crystal bogeymen- anyone can chuck on their iconic masks and cause a little murder. But Elm Street’s resident nightmare visitor is the one and only Englund and whoever plays him after is already on a losing battle.
Now the man who played Freddy in eight films has come up with an idea for a new sequel and if the writers in Hollywood are listening then they should take note as its a pretty cool concept.
“If I was in control of my own Nightmare on Elm Street movie I have an idea I would have liked to see, 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 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.”.
Now this sort of makes the ultimate sense. With it being an impossible job in replacing Freddy with another actor as witnessed in the awful remake, having a different Freddy in each nightmare could flow the film with creative juices and added with a surreal dream sequence then you could be onto a winner.
There is scope out there for someone to take the mantle of Freddy Krueger and run with it. The dream angle could be explored in ways yet never seen and the concept is still fresh for a whole new generation. Will it happen? Will we get a return to Elm Street? Like Michael Myers, there are plans but at the moment both icons are stuck in development limbo…….