It’s been decades since the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise was actually relevant, but original star Robert Englund has a pretty cool idea to get the franchise back on track.
While speaking with Florida Today, Englund (who played Freddy in the original series of films) said he’s been thinking up a story concept that would provide a unique way to make Freddy scary again. His idea? Reimagine Freddy inside the minds of children related to the original victims, which provides near-limitless ways to make the horror icon scary again.
Check out an excerpt from his comments below:
“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 & 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.”
Englund’s idea is actually pretty great, and is certainly more creative than the generic reboot from 2010. With New Line Cinema reportedly prepping a new installment in the franchise, here’s hoping they’ll call up Englund for a bit of spit-balling.
(Via Florida Today)