The remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, which was produced by Michael Bay’s production company Platinum Dunes is a very mixed bag. On one hand it looked really good sometimes beautiful and Jackie Earl Haley carried the mantel well as Freddy but on the other you could tell there wasn’t much interest in the product. Samual Bayer (Smells Like Teen Spirit Video) had very little interest in the product as he turned down the role multiple times from Michael Bay and Roony Mara looked like she was actually sleep walking the entire time. It’s tolerable enough that I can watch it every year for Halloween but nothing I would recommend to anyone to watch considering how the original movies hold up fairly well.
Robert Englund, the original Freddy Krueger, took a moment to talk about the older films, the remake, and the rumblings that New Line is actually looking into remaking A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.
“There is 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,” Englund added, reiterating 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.”
For those of you who are keeping hope alive that Englund may return as Freddy, he’s not only retired from the role, but it sounds as if the studio has zero intentions of even attempting to bring him back.
“They’re not gonna be bring me back for Freddy,” he explained. “Perhaps they’d bring me back in a cameo as an elderly dream expert at the local clinic for dream analysis or therapy?”Again, he clarifies this is all speculation: “I don’t really know any details at this time.”
It makes sense that New Line would be attempting to up the action on their horror franchise given how the Platinum Dunes version under-performed and as long as they pay tribute and actually do some cool things, I’m fine with them remaking one of the better sequels (although I like Dream Master better).
Robert also went on about why he feels the remake failed to capture the attention it had hoped to.
“I think the problem with the reboot was in timing,” exclaimed Englund. “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″ flat screen 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 re-shot 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.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 re-shoots, which set it deeper into the curse of Freddy before the movie began.”
I also feel that many fans weren’t ready to give up Robert Englund as their Freddy. There is a entire segment in the documentary about the Elm Street films called Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (which I highly recommend you watch asap!) where they producers and director for A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge admit that they the guy they had hired to replace Robert just wasn’t cutting it and they ended up replacing him with Englund who finished out the rest of the film. The man really brought the character to life, and while I enjoyed Haley’s version, he has some massive shoes to fill and he didn’t quite do it. Guess we’ll have to wait and see what comes out of these rumors but I’m not ready to live without anymore Freddy.