With his trademark fedora, striped sweater, and razor-tipped glove, Freddy Krueger from “A Nightmare on Elm Street” possesses one of the most iconic looks in modern horror movies — a character that was made all the more famous by Robert Englund’s devilishly great performance over the course of his eight-film run. Hollywood attempted a reboot of the franchise back in 2010 with Jackie Earl Haley (“Watchmen”) stepping in as the dream-haunting slasher, but as admirable as his take was, things just haven’t been the same since the original actor last terrorized teens back in 2003. While it still sounds a bit unlikely that Englund will be giving a new batch of victims nightmares anytime soon, the veteran genre star recently gave his thoughts on how he thinks the character can evolve in the years to come.
“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,” Englund told Florida Today.
“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…After all, each person’s subconscious would picture him in a totally different way.”
Englund also mentioned that he’s proud of some of the more then unconventional aspects of his character hinted at over the course of the franchise, including Krueger’s potential bisexuality that was addressed back in 1985’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge.” In an era of constant reboots, remakes, and reimaginings, it’s probably safe to say we’ll be seeing some form of Freddy back in theaters some time in the future. If we can’t get Englund to reprise the role, then maybe taking his advice would be the next best thing.
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