Considered one of the most defining franchises in all of horror, Wes Craven’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street” film series has resulted in at least two bonafide film classics with the original and “New Nightmare,” and some strong runners-up such as the third and fourth films.
One of the key elements of that series is star Robert Englund who played villain Freddy Krueger throughout its entire run. Unlike other franchises, Kruger was no mute and used his voice to taunt his victims in both sinister and amusing ways. The lack of Englund was partly why the 2010 remake of the original, starring Jackie Earle Haley as Krueger, was widely rejected.
Englund has stated many times that he has no interest in reprising the character again, but appearing at a Summer Television Critics Association panel this week to promote Eli Roth’s new “History of Horror” docu-series for AMC, Englund was asked how he would approach an ‘Elm Street’ reboot to which he said:
“If I had an Eli Roth budget I would have cast different actors to play Freddy for every potential victim, because Freddy is only alive in the imagination of his future victim. They would talk about it at a slumber party or in a locker room at school, or on the bus going home.
All we know about this Fred Krueger is he wears a hat, wears a red and green striped sweater and has a clawed hand. That’s the specifics. At the end, it would be the ultimate victim and we see Freddy peel [his face] open and maybe it’s yours truly revealed. And it’s the essence of Freddy.
I don’t think Freddy is an ’80s villain. There’s a huge nostalgia for the eighties for a variety of reasons, but so many horror films and characters transcend that decade.”
At present there’s no further plans for any more entries in the ‘Elm Street’ franchise. Its rivals like “Friday the 13th” are stuck in a legal quagmire, while “Halloween” gets a high-profile direct sequel later this year.