A week or so ago, we took to Facebook and Twitter to ask our readers who they think should replace the irreplaceable Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger in the inevitable reboot of Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street. And boy did we get some great ideas. But these are the top 10. And they’re killer. I mean, Bill Hader? Perfect.
Check out the results below!
10. Stephen McHattie
Stephen McHattie is best known for roles in classics such as A History of Violence, Pontypool, Watchmen, The Tall Man, and Come to Daddy. McHattie is a f*cking great choice to play the dream demon. And if he’s such a good idea – and still so low on the list – you can only imagine how awesome the choices are from here.
09. Bill Hader
Bill Hader might seem like a strange choice. Until you realize how badass he would be in the role. Sure he’s known more for his comedy. But doesn’t that ultimately work for the character? Plus, Hader has more than proven his acting chops in projects such as IT Chapter Two, The Skeleton Twins, and his hit HBO series Barry.
08. Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage. He was bound to turn up on this list now that I think about it. But the thought of seeing him unleash his Cage Rage on a group of sleeping teenagers actually sounds like ten types of fun. And if nothing else, let’s be honest by this point in time, you know he wouldn’t turn the role down. For better or worse.
07. Bill Oberst Jr.
Bill Oberst Jr. is a name that people outside the horror genre might not be familiar with at this point. But don’t worry, he’ll be a star one day. And what better way to kick his career into the big time than snagging the role of the Springwood Slasher? Bring it on, I say! His notable horror movies include Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies, Circus of Dread, Resolution, The Dooms Chapel Horror, Death House, and 3 from Hell.
06. Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson was a name that (obviously) came up quite a lot. And my first thought was, ‘Who the hell is Chris Johnson?’ Then I remembered he played Freddy in that killer A Nightmare on Elm Street concept trailer from a few… (checks YouTube) TEN YEARS AGO!? Anyhow, yes. he’d make a killer (official) Freddy.
05. Willem Dafoe
No explanation required.
04. Doug Jones
Like Bill Oberst Jr., Doug Jones is a name people outside horror might not know. But you know his work. He’s just, you know, usually under tons of make-up. Such as Billy Butcherson in Hocus Pocus, Abe Sapien in Hellboy, The Faun / The Pale Man in Pan’s Labyrinth, Amphibian Man in The Shape of Water, and much, much more.
03. Bill Moseley
Like Willem Dafoe mention above, Bill Moseley is really a man who needs no introduction. Add to the fact that he has already said in the past that he would be up for the role and there is really no one better than him to take over the razor glove and fedora. Well… maybe there are TWO people who’d be better…
02. Richard Brake
Brain Fart: The sound your brain makes right before it shits the bed. And that’s exactly what happened to me as I wrote up the original article asking for New Freddy picks. How did Richard Goddamn Perfect for Freddy Krueger Brake (which is his actual given name) not enter my brain? Too much CocoMelon and not enough sleep, I say. But really, how did I not think of him? I think I need to go to the doctor.
And the winner (by a landslide) is…
01. Kevin Bacon
Surprise! To absolutely no one on the planet Earth. Why’s Bacon so perfect? The irony that he was killed in Friday the 13th is not lost on anyone. But… there is also a super flood of irony attached to a name like, let’s say, Johnny Depp. But do you see his name on the list? Nope. And that’s because, cute trivia for future loud YouTube videos aside, Bacon is 100% the perfect choice for new Freddy. Hell, even Robert Englund thinks so! I’d even go so far as to say he’s a lock for the next A Nightmare on Elm Street movie.
But I guess we’ll see…
Caleb Landry Jones (Antiviral)
Ulrich Thomsen (Banshee)
Xavier Dolen (IT Chapter Two)
Ben Foster (Hell or High Water)
Ryan Reynolds (Two Guys, A Girl, and a Pizza Place)
Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead)
Mark Strong (Every Movie Since 2005)
Michael Emerson (Lost, Saw)
Cameron Monaghan (Gotham)
Jim Carrey (The Best 90s Movies)
Matthew Lillard (Scream)
Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo)
Tom Hiddleston (Thor)
Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings)
Levar Burton (Smartasses…)
Kevin Spacey (perfect for an evil pervert)
Ryan Stiles (Hahaha)
Ryan Philipe (Sexy Freddy)
Robin Lord Taylor (Gotham)
Bill Skarsgard (Pennywise)
Johnny Depp (Court TV)
Noah Taylor (Red White & Blue)
Roberto Lombardi (Krueger: Tales from Elm Street)
Mortimer T. Graves: Horror Short Story Time wrote: Here is an idea I have had since the beginning of the franchise. He is a dream demon/walker (depending on which movie you watch). So why not have him be different things. Why can’t he be a red and black striped bear with a knife glove? How about someone from the victim’s past? We know he can morph into different things. Why not instead of just a few times, we have turn into many. That way we can keep Englund as the voice. Tell me one person who wouldn’t want to see a victim who is a horror fan be attacked by another of Wes Craven’s creations (since his estate owns NoES now). That would be a huge draw. There are so many ways to keep the franchise going without having to reboot it. But Hollyweird is afraid of original ideas.
Who do YOU think should replace the irreplaceable Robert Englund as new Freddy in the next A Nightmare on Elm Street movie?