Sitting at work today, eating lunch and flipping through channels trying to find something to watch. I passed through hundreds of boring options. Then I come across A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. YES PLEASE! I really only stopped because I could barely remember what happened in the movie, but I remembered loving it as a kid.
After looking up the release date while writing this article, I noticed that I was only six when this movie came out. I'm sure the majority of you reading right now weren't even close to being born at this time. But this article isn't about Nightmare on Elm Street: Dream Warriors, it's about bringing back one of the most famous horror icons of all time — and bringing him back the right way!
The thing about Krueger is, he didn't f'around. Okay, actually he did. In fact, that's all he did. Freddy Krueger is a serial killer of children who, after the parents were made aware of his sick nature, was chased into an abandoned factory and burned to death by the people who lived in his town. Krueger returned after death to wreak havoc on his killers' children in their dreams. Krueger's demonic powers stem from the fear of his child victims who he manipulates by terrorizing them.
1980's A Nightmare on Elm Street, starring Robert Englund was the first of its kind. My reasoning behind this: It was one of the first films that found a way to flawlessly blended horror, action and comedy.
Nightmare on Elm Street was the perfect blend of horror and comedy. It actually pushed the boundaries of imagination and what could be possible for the horror film genre. Just imagine one of the scariest and most ruthless movie villains of all time killing teenagers, yet somehow you find yourself rooting for him throughout the course of the movies. We always knew Freddy had to lose, but we loved to see him win the small victories.
Nightmare on Elm Street took its chances with a reboot back in 2010 starring Jackie Earle and was met with some harsh criticism. It's tough to reboot classics, especially horror.
But I'm thinking it's time for another walk down Elm Street. The great Robert Englund has expressed that he won't be returning for any future Krueger franchises and also his disinterest in the rebooted material.
But in an era of reboots, remakes and rehashes, how can we let this one go? Heck, we've had two different Spider-Man actors in four years.
Nightmare on Elm Street could easily transcend time and be one of those film franchises that pulls itself into modern cinema. Today's audience has been desensitized to violence and horror and is OK with the the idea of rated R movies. Take for instance the recent success of Deadpool.
Blood, gore and violence means nothing to us in the modern age. Throw in a little comedy and you have Freddy. He's pretty much Deadpool trying to kill teenagers in their sleep.
Tell me, who should star as Krueger in a new Nightmare on Elm Street film?