Robert Englund’s Freddy Krueger character is one of the most iconic in horror film history.
His performance is what has made the ‘Nightmare On Elm Street’ franchise so successful. Recently, Englund took part in a Q&A session at the Monster Mania convention. He mentioned something that fans have been calling on for years. Englund still wants to see a ‘Nightmare On Elm Street’ prequel, and isn’t opposed to making a cameo in the potential project either (via Brain Mutant):
“I’ve always thought that [not having a prequel] is a misruling in the mythology of A Nightmare on Elm Street. It got close to being rectified with Tobe Hooper’s pilot for the TV series, and there was a script that was supposedly to be directed by John McNaughton, who did Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.
“There was a prequel script… I think it was called Krueger: The First Kills. And it was… the last children being killed… the two detectives that found Freddy and busted him… then the body of the film
“The lawyers are actually the best parts [of that script]. There’s two of them. Freddy in court, Freddy at the table, Freddy on the witness stand… Freddy in jail. But it’s about the lawyers getting him off. They get him off and Freddy gloats too much on the courtroom stairs.
“The end of the movie is Freddy being burned alive. I’ve had a fascination with these projects since I did the pilot with Tobe Hooper. I would love to cameo in anything with integrity, connected with the franchise.”
A prequel to the historic franchise is worth a shot. Even if it does end up being a tremendous flop it’ll be hard to top the disaster that was the Samuel Bayer re-make in 2010 starring Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger.
Check out Englund at the Monster Mania convention below: