I have to say, my feels are a bit mixed when it comes to this upcoming remake of “A Nightmare on Elm Street”. On the one hand, I was a fan of the original franchise, and can honestly say that this, along with the “Hellraiser” franchise, are the only two horror series I’ve actually seen every single installment of. In fact, “Elm Street” is the only horror franchise that I’ve seen every installment of in theaters. Yup. I liked it that much. On the other hand, the franchise has gotten so crappy as it wound down (with the exception of “New Nightmare”, which was kind of good), that maybe a reboot will wash away the stench of “Freddy’s Dead” and other abominations.
The big news on the “Nightmare on Elm Street” remake front is that Warner Bros., via their New Line boys, have handed the project over to a writer: Wesley Strick, writer of “Cape Fear” and “Arachnophobia”, among others.
As to the theme of the new “Nightmare”, THR has this:
The films’ premise centered on Krueger, a serial child killer murdered who returns with a burned face and razor glove to terrorize teens in their dreams.
The new project will keep the high school setting and delve deeper in the psychology of nightmares and Krueger himself. The plan is to have a dark tone. The company hopes to have the movie ready for the 25th anniversary of the original.
Good. They’re going with the original intent of the franchise — a creepy ass killer who can whack you in your dreams. Seriously, that first movie, when I saw it as a kid — scared the hell out of me. I don’t think any American horror movie can scare me anymore — indeed, they haven’t managed it yet for the last 20 years — but I sure would like for them to try again. What better way than with Freddy?
And would it really kill them to bring back Heather Langenkamp? If just in a small role?
Are you a fan of “A Nightmare on Elm Street”? Well damn, so am I. Read my entire review of the franchise, installment by installment here.