Robert Englund Calls The ‘Nightmare On Elm Street’ Remake ‘A Miscalculation’

If there are any great horror movies of the 20th Century, Nightmare on Elm Street must be one of the very greatest. Robert Englund, the legend who brought Freddy Krueger to life, recently spoke to fans at Belfast Comic-Con, and it’s a pleasure to hear what an eloquent, decent bloke he is.


Englund talked about the possibility of his future involvement with the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, report, but don’t expect any full-blown original Freddy rebirth any time soon:

“Well, there’s been some talk that they might reboot Nightmare 3, which may be the most popular of all the films. I’ve heard that they may combine it with part 4, I’m not sure. I would certainly like to be invited to do a cameo, to maybe play the cantakerous old professor or the group therapy guy that doesn’t believe they’re having nightmares. I think it would be fun for the audience.”

The original Freddy Krueger, Robert Englund
The original Freddy Krueger, Robert Englund

The part of the interview that really made my ears prick up was Englund’s candid explanation for the failure of the Nightmare on Elm Street remake starring Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy:

“The problem with the remake was that it came out too soon. We had just released the digitally remastered Blu-ray boxset of all eight of the films and then they brought out the remake almost straight after.

I think they just brought it out too soon but it had an amazing cast. Rooney Mara played Nancy and I’m a big fan of Clancy Brown. But they reshot the opening and it threw the movie off kilter. You don’t ever see any of the people happy go-lucky, they’re never untainted.

Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger, 2010

Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger, 2010

You need to see before and after so you can invest emotionally with the children. They’re practically zombies from the get-go because they’re haunted by Freddy and I think that was a miscalculation.

I think in trying to make him different, they may have decided to make him too real. Freddy does not exist in reality, he only exists in imaginations.”

OK, so Robert Englund isn’t if he doesn’t like something, but it’s great to hear him talk about his reservations for the Nightmare on Elm Street remake while remaining polite and fan-forward.

What would you give to see Englund return as Freddy?