While original Freddy Krueger, Robert Englund thinks 2010’s A Nightmare on Elm Street remake with Jackie Earle Haley was “premature” today the man behind the glove says he thinks now is the time to remake Jack Sholder’s A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge.
Englund tells Too Fab: “The secret of “Nightmare on Elm Street” is the loss of innocence and the kids need to be like Midwestern kids, they can’t be hip, chic, junkie kids. They have to be middle American kids that think they’re a little hip and they are co-opted by evil and they lose their innocence on all levels; sexual, violence, murder, death, the realization of their parents’ flaws, all of those things. But because our society now is more damaged because of the opioid crisis, because of incredibly diverse, because of the openness now with gender and sexuality, those kids now have to be different than the kids from the original “Nightmare” and someone has to write a different batch of kids and Freddy needs to be a different kind of evil. His evil needs to be, he needs to toy with what they like in the culture.”
He adds: “If they redid Nightmare 2, for instance, and really deal with the subtext, Freddy toying with that boy’s sexuality. But the fact that we’re much more comfortable with that now, I think it would be really fun to have Freddy play with one kid who’s gay. Maybe one boy is not. Play with them. Tempt them. Force him out of the closet or back into the closet and we can do that. Audiences would accept that now. Freddy would do that because he’s in your head. But it is going to take somebody very clever to to do that.”
Finally, he says: “Again, you look at Nightmare 3, the fan-favorite “Dream Warriors,” you want to take that place where they all meet and maybe some of the kids are there for drug rehab. You have to push all those things a little further. Whatever their problems are, really have fun with one of the kids being OCD and have Freddy exploit that? I think we could because it’s 2020 now. One kid could be autistic. Get an autistic actor and really play with that and how Freddy would torment him. But I think that’s the kind of way you have to freshen it.“
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge centers on Jesse Walsh (Mark Patton) who moves with his family into the home of the lone survivor from a series of attacks by dream-stalking monster Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund). There, Jesse is bedeviled by nightmares and inexplicably violent impulses. It turns out Freddy needs a host body to carry out his gruesome vendetta against the youth of Springwood, Ohio. While Freddy gains influence, Jesse and his girlfriend, Lisa (Kim Myers), race against the clock trying to figure out what’s going on.