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It's the Booze Talkin': I want an Elm Street Sequel! Just do it right!

Jun. 17, 2014by: JimmyO
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It all started back in 1984 when Wes Craven gave the world of horror one of its most iconic villains. Of course Im talking about Freddy Krueger. Described by final girl Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) as a man with knives for fingers and a dirty red and green sweater, this sleep haunting boogeyman caused bad dreams for moviegoers everywhere in the crazily original flick A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. Naturally, a successful horror movie in the 80s is going to spawn a number of sequels. And while some were outstanding like A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS (1987) there were more than a couple that just didnt make the cut. Im talking to you FREDDYS DEAD: THE FINAL NIGHTMARE (1991).

Craven returned to what he started in the clever NEW NIGHTMARE back in 1994. This underrated thriller brought back many of the original films stars as well as a handful of cameos from the sequels all playing themselves. While this new take on Freddy didnt smash any records, you certainly couldnt keep the bastard son of a 1000 maniacs down for long. Krueger returned to square off against another horror icon in FREDDY VS JASON in 2003. This horror hybrid made a hefty sum at the box office yet wasnt able to lead to further battles between the two. However, Krueger once again returned to frighten (?) audiences this time with Jackie Earle Haley in the role in the 2010 remake of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. This re-imagining made an impressive enough amount of dough, but for many horror fans it was an utter cinematic failure.

Here we have a once great villain with the ability to expand, yet a sequel is nowhere to be found. And yes, as much as I disliked the last ELM STREET movie I dont think hate is too strong a word - it feels as though there is something missing in the world of horror without revisiting Elm Street once again. I love this character, at least what the great Robert Englund brought to him. So while that last flick didnt satisfy, it certainly made enough moola to warrant a sequel. Platinum Dunes very own Brad Fuller said that a sequel to the remake is something that Andrew [Form] and I think about all the time. Apparently they do have a script and it is ready to roll once the studio wants to push it forward, but they cant seem to build any excitement for the project.

For an old-school fan, I absolutely need another entry in the series. Of course it would be nice to see a NIGHTMARE closer to the original. And if you want to do it right, I think it is safe to say fans had enough of Haley and his grimacing impression of Freddy. Do this right! Lets bring back Englund for starters. It seems plausible that hed be up for at least one more film. The wit and spooky charm the actor brought to the franchise is irreplaceable. Even when he was playing himself in NEW NIGHTMARE, he just brought a touch of class to his performance. Sure he is getting up there in age, but if Harrison Ford can return to Han Solo and Indy, than Robert Englund can once again don the glove for creative slicing and dicing action.

Since theyve already established new faces to Freddys victims in the remake, it might not hurt to recast it altogether. I personally dont think Rooney Mara would be all that willing to return since she is off to bigger and better things. However we dont need to once again tell Nancy and her friends story as it was already disappointingly re-told. Even still, the character of Nancy feels as much a part of the Elm Street mythology as the man of her dreams is. And frankly, reaching too far out of the wheelhouse and making a coming out remake of FREDDYS REVENGE would also be a huge misgiving. So you either go a completely different route, or maybe, just maybe a little DREAM WARRIOR action might not be such a bad place to start.

The 1987 sequel directed by Chuck Russell and written by Craven Russell, Bruce Wagner and Frank Darabont are also credited still holds up as one of the best in the series. Not that I want to see a heavily butchered re-imagining of this cool flick, but the story lends itself to be explored more faithfully to the series than the previous offering. By focusing on a group of f*cked up Elm Street kids and an older and wiser Nancy, you could certainly explore new ground without simply making an exact replica. You could even add a couple of nods and winks to the original film I wouldnt mind another shot at Welcome to prime time bitch! With the right talent involved, they could certainly find a unique way to tell this story while still keeping to what made Freddy iconic in the first place.

Maybe its the booze talkin, but I want a sequel to A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET done right! Give the glove back to Robert Englund at least one more time. Hell, why not offer a couple of roles to such vets as Lisa Wilcox and of course Heather Langenkamp? Instead of sticking directly to a sequel to the 2010 film why not return to that psychiatric hospital with all the Elm Street kids haunted by the menacing murdering madman haunting their dreams? There is ample opportunity to explore a new group of Dream Warriors ready to give Krueger a fight. If nothing else, give us a proper sequel that returns this franchise to the nightmares we all knew and loved. One, two, do you want Freddy coming for you?

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3:07PM on 06/18/2014
Yes to more Nightmares but no to inviting past cast members or recreating past glories. I LOVE the original series and cast but let's move on from it. They will always exist and nothing can take away from them.

Most times I see that "special cameo" in a [link] it takes me out even if it's fun. The remake wasn't as great as it should've been but by no means was the worst movie ever made or even in the series IMO. There's plenty of new routes to go down. Where the remake got it's most
Yes to more Nightmares but no to inviting past cast members or recreating past glories. I LOVE the original series and cast but let's move on from it. They will always exist and nothing can take away from them.

Most times I see that "special cameo" in a [link] it takes me out even if it's fun. The remake wasn't as great as it should've been but by no means was the worst movie ever made or even in the series IMO. There's plenty of new routes to go down. Where the remake got it's most flak was when it tried to recreate or nod to the original series. It needs to let those things go and try to be something new. One thing you can't deny is the original series always tried to change (for better or worse) with each movie. That shouldn't stop now.
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10:32AM on 06/18/2014

i think

that this could be a huge contrast to the simple found footage boom right now. as well as the james wan creaky door haunted house movies. make the movie surreal with crazy sets and imaginative kills. i really think that could be an angle that would satisfy the horror masses right now.
that this could be a huge contrast to the simple found footage boom right now. as well as the james wan creaky door haunted house movies. make the movie surreal with crazy sets and imaginative kills. i really think that could be an angle that would satisfy the horror masses right now.
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3:11PM on 06/18/2014
I just realised you have pointed out one amazing thing with your post......this series can never go down the found footage route!!

I agree though, Freddy has been lacking somewhat in his creativity of late. With a decent, not extortionate budget they could really pull of some crazy stuff - look at the Final Destination movies.
I just realised you have pointed out one amazing thing with your post......this series can never go down the found footage route!!

I agree though, Freddy has been lacking somewhat in his creativity of late. With a decent, not extortionate budget they could really pull of some crazy stuff - look at the Final Destination movies.
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1:38PM on 06/17/2014
It sounds like the writer just wants to watch Dream Warriors.

The first step here is getting the license away from the craphouse that is Platinum Dunes, until that happens everything else is moot.
It sounds like the writer just wants to watch Dream Warriors.

The first step here is getting the license away from the craphouse that is Platinum Dunes, until that happens everything else is moot.
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1:03PM on 06/17/2014
A Nightmare on Elm Street remake was alright - not that good but not that bad either. To me, it didn't have the same magic as all previous Elm Street movies, possibly lack of Robert Englund. Just forget the remake and make a sequel to The Final Nightmare movie.
A Nightmare on Elm Street remake was alright - not that good but not that bad either. To me, it didn't have the same magic as all previous Elm Street movies, possibly lack of Robert Englund. Just forget the remake and make a sequel to The Final Nightmare movie.
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