FREDDY’S FUNHOUSE: Robert Englund’s ELM STREET Movie That Never Happened

After played Freddy Krueger in Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street, Robert Englund submitted a script for what would have become the third entry in the series, back in the ’80s.

And today he talked about it in pretty substantial detail, saying it would have been known as Freddy’s Funhouse, would have followed the older sister of the victim Tina from the original film on a quest to uncover what happened to her sister.

Englund tells “I submitted [a script] back in the day, around [A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors], which would be the older sister of the character Tina from Nightmare 1, would return to the franchise, or would be introduced to the franchise as a kind of collegiate, X-Files Nancy Drew, because she was on this obsessed quest to find out what really happened to her sister. I think that would be really interesting, to discover the truth of the ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ to the eyes, and then she would fulfill the balance of the ingredients and the recipe and the menu of Nightmare on Elm Street, which is you need a strong woman, always, to take you through. It always has to be through the eyes of a strong woman, because even if they’re skeptical and wise and cynical, they still need to lose some of their innocence about the darkness and the evil that lurks in the world.”

He added: “The problem with that script is I wrote it a long time ago and her detective skills are now antiquated. The things that I had her do that I thought were novel and new and cool are antiquated, because I wrote this back in the ’90s, so now I wouldn’t be able to update because it’s not as advanced as the stuff she would use. But it would be interesting for someone to try to solve what happened, looking back, and you could even have her older now. You could have her be a graduate student, 28 years old, and just wondering what happened to her little sister all those years ago. It would be fun to do.”

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