During a recent interview with Florida Today, Robert Englund (the actor who became synonymous with Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise) waxed philosophical about how he would have changed the story arch, had he been able:
“If I was in control of my own Nightmare on Elm Street movie I have an idea I would have liked to see. 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 and 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.”
Other topics discussed include: Being type-cast as a bad guy, convention life, one-liners, on-set shenanigans, and the enduring legacy of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. You can read the interview at your leisure, HERE.
In the original A Nightmare on Elm Street: In Wes Craven’s classic slasher film, several Midwestern teenagers fall prey to Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund), a disfigured midnight mangler who preys on the teenagers in their dreams — which, in turn, kills them in reality. After investigating the phenomenon, Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) begins to suspect that a dark secret kept by her and her friends’ parents may be the key to unraveling the mystery, but can Nancy and her boyfriend Glen (Johnny Depp) solve the puzzle before it’s too late?