There’s been a little buzz in the horror community lately over the fate of our favorite sweater-clad killer. The rights to Freddy Krueger and the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise have recently reverted back to Wes Craven’s estate, and it sounds like fans are hoping to hear from Mr. Krueger at least one more time. This brings up the question of Robert Englund, the legendary horror star who immortalized Freddy as one of “the big three” in slasher movie history, and definitely the one with the most personality. Recently the rights to the iconic Nightmare On Elm Street franchise has been grasped by Wes Craven’s estate leaving fans spinning their brains about what could be next for the franchise… And Freddy Krueger himself!
Englund recently sat with Entertainment Weekly stating “I don’t think I’ll ever don the makeup again,” Englund then added “I’m a little too old for that. I’m a little long in the tooth to play Freddy now. I think if I was doing it, it would be more like Freddy vs. Viagra.”
It’s probably safe to say that fans were less than thrilled with the revamped Krueger in the 2010 series reboot. While the film was financially successful, it just didn’t garner a lot of positive fan reviews, and the franchise has been noticeably stagnant ever since. While Jackie Earle Haley did his best to step into the iconic character, you can’t really blame him for the fact that Englund’s stranglehold of on-screen charisma is such a tough act to follow. So while fans might be skeptical of another stab at the franchise, pretty much anyone would love to see Robert Englund don the fedora one more time.
But even though there are plenty of whispers of an upcoming film (nothing concrete yet), Robert Englund has expressed his doubts about stepping back into that role again. Englund feels he’s gotten too old to do justice to the Freddy at this point. That’s not exactly an unreasonable thing to say; Englund is headed for his seventy-third birthday at the time of this writing. The last time he portrayed the character in a feature was in the 2003 Freddy vs. Jason crossover when he was fifty-six. It’s a sad thing to think about, but Englund’s dream-stalking days could be over. However, he did give us thirty years of being too scared to fall asleep, so we can’t say he didn’t go above and beyond in his work.
But who knows. Judging from a series of waffling interviews, it sounds like even Mr. Englund can’t quit Freddy so easily. If he chooses to hang up the glove, we respect his choice and wish him well, but we can’t say for certain that he doesn’t have one more bloody run left in him.
Englund has bounced back and forth from claiming he is “too hold” to reprise his role as Freddy Krueger again and saying he has one more Dream Terrorizing Rodeo left in him. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed the next film falls into the hands of a director that can lay out a film Englund is not only interested in, but capable of fulfilling so we can see the master at work just one last time.
-Written by Cory Mason