Everything old is new again in Hollywood – especially when it comes to horrors.
Cult ’70s and ’80s slasher flicks being rebooted is becoming the norm.
First it was the daddy of them all, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2005), then came Halloween (2007), then the recently released Friday the 13th and My Bloody Valentine, and now we’re heading back to Elm Street.
A ‘Nightmare’ prequel has been mooted for some time, but it seems producers are stepping up their plans, with the search on for an actor to play the one and only Freddy Krueger.
Robert Englund played the gloved one in no less than eight movies, starting with the original in 1984, and including the sixth installment that was called The Final Nightmare (1991) and the seventh, aptly titled New Nightmare (1994).
His last appearance was in 2003 for the lame showdown with the maniac from Crystal Lake who wears a hockey mask, Jason vs Freddy. Movie makers are certainly not deterred by how many sequels these franchises have sporned, or, more to the point, how recently.
It seems the only thing that appears as though is staying dead is a little creativity and originality.
The A Nightmare on Elm Street remake may work if a new slant is taken, and not just more of Freddy slaying more horny teenagers in their sleep, while wearing his trademark red and black sweater.
His past, when he was actually alive, could be explored in more detail, leading up to him being found to be a child sex offender and then burnt alive by angry parents.
One actor, who has experience in such parts, has tentatively put his hand up to take over from Englund, Jackie Earle Haley, about to be seen as a tormented superhero Rorschach in Watchmen.
Haley, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in Little Children (2006), was quizzed about the subject while promoting Watchmen this week.
“I’m curious … but I don’t know,” the smallish 47-year-old told mtv.com.
He does the look the part.