With talk recently about another reboot of the Nightmare on Elm Street series, everyone has an opinion on who should take on the bladed glove. Many wish the original Freddy, Robert Englund, would come back to reprise the role, but have been disappointed to learn he does not want to return. Others want the second Freddy, Jackie Earle Haley, to reprise the role, but that is seeming more and more unlikely. Yet others are crying out for some new blood (pun intended), possibly an unknown to land the role of the Springwood Slasher.
Recently, a fan film was released on YouTube after premiering at HorrorHound Weekend, taking inspiration from the Elm Street series. The film, The Confession of Fred Krueger, dives into what happened before Fred Krueger met his mortal end, only to become a nightmare killer. Only thirty minutes long, the film follows the Springwood police as they bring Fred Krueger in after the murder of 20+ children.
The Confession of Fred Krueger was filmed in Evansville, Indiana and Owensboro, Kentucky earlier this year. Written and directed by Nathan Thomas Milliner, it stars Kevin Roach as Fred Krueger and Thomas Dunbar as Lieutenant Russell, the cop working a confession out of Krueger. Already, the film has been getting huge amounts of praise, from review sites like ScarTissue.com to accomplished horror directors/writers like Tom Holland (Child's Play, Fright Night, Psycho II). The praise for Roach's performance alone has garnered huge amounts of adoration, some people even going so far as to start a petition to have Kevin added to the list of possible Freddy actors in the new reboot. My opinion? The renown is well deserved.
Nathan Milliner obviously shows a huge amount of respect for the source material in this film, making sure every aspect and detail is just right. The look of Freddy, though, is the selling point. Kevin's handling of the persona gives credit where it's due, coming off sinister and creepy in equal measure. Another thing that gives this film its appeal is that, since it is a prequel, it does not include dream sequences. It only flashes back to previous points in Freddy's reign of terror. Finally, the reveal of the glove that has sent shivers down many a spine leaves any fan begging for more.
The Confession of Fred Krueger is one of those rare fan films that shows great reverence to its source and nearly equals it in execution. If you are one of those that believes Kevin Roach should be given the chance to portray our nightmarish killer on the big screen, there is a MoveOn.com petition that you can sign. Also, be sure to like the film's Facebook page for any and all info you could want on this project. And also remember one thing:
Freddy's coming for you!
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