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01.15.2016

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In August of last year we got word that an all-new remake of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET was on the way, again. This would be just six years after New Line Cinema rebooted Wes Craven’s classic horror film the first time. Jackie Earle Haley, who played Freddy in the reboot, isn’t expected to return. So that leaves us with plenty to work with, casting a new Freddy won’t be easy, but I know we can come up with some respectable choices.

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The original A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET from Wes Craven stands as one of the greatest horror classics of all-time. The cultural phenomenon went on to spawn six sequels and a worthy FREDDY VS. JASON crossover. New Line Cinema was dubbed "the house that Freddy built" thanks to the financial success of the franchise. The 2009 reboot came and went without much of an impact; I personally didn’t hate the movie, I just didn’t understand the point of a near shot-for-shot remake. Jackie Earle Haley’s version of Freddy Krueger was admirable; it just lacked the personality and charm of Robert Englund’s original character.

I’m not entirely sure what anyone can do to fix this franchise so it doesn’t become another HALLOWEEN or FRIDAY THE 13TH if it hasn’t already. They could get Robert Englund back! Although, the actor has said on several occasions he would never return to the role; but that’s what dump trucks full of money are for, right? Imagine, a 68-year-old Englund in full costume and make-up, using that older, more distinctive Freddy voice to torture sleeping teenagers – yes to all of that.

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So with that dream out of the way, let’s talk about who we could see take on the role. There has to be others who can do this character justice - should New Line cast an unknown, or look to a more familiar face to garner some needed attention to a franchise on life support?

Willem Dafoe, with all due respect, looks like Freddy Krueger. I mean, he has one of those recognizable faces (and voices) and we all admire. I can’t help but smile when he comes on screen; I’m excited to see him! He has an evil look about him, that’s why he made the perfect Green Goblin/Norman Osborn. Remember his Oscar nominated performance in SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE as Max Schreck? Enough said. He also has the star power and following to potentially win fans over who dismiss anyone who isn’t Robert Englund.

Another actor I could potentially see in the role, John Hawkes. He’s one of our finest actors, and definitely one of those “hey it’s him” faces that everyone recognizes. I would love to see him turn fierce in a role like this, menacing and evil. When I think of someone taking on this role, I’m not just imaging them in Freddy pizza face, but also the man before the nightmares, and I think Hawkes could bring a lot to that personality.

Finally, how about Doug Jones? The former contortionist and creature actor (Pale Man in PAN’S LABYRINTH) has a physical presence that would make for a perfect Freddy Krueger. His tall frame, long arms, and cringeworthy flexibility, I can’t imagine a more horrifying sight then this guy walking down a dark alley.

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So, ladies and gentlemen, what are your thoughts? What about Dafoe’s SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE co-star John Malkovich? He’s got that certain something (crazy look?) that could draw some fear from an audience. There is always Billy Bob Thornton; I think his name was dropped a few times the last time they were looking for an actor to fill the red and green stripped sweater. He seems like he could bring some rage to the roll doesn’t he? How about going with a younger talent like Paul Dano? I can’t be the only one still creeped out thinking about his performance in PRISONERS.

What I’m getting at is, who would you like to see in the role?

RESULTS BELOW FROM CAST THIS: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - 1. Alicia Vikander  2. Elizabeth Olsen  3. Rooney Mara

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Extra Tidbit: Freddy was the name of a bully who beat Wes Craven up in elementary school, and his signature hat was based on one worn by a neighborhood drunk who scared Craven when he was young.
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4:53PM on 01/16/2016
I thought the remake was alright. I think Jackie did a pretty good job as Freddy. They should let him reprise the role. My only complaint was he didn't put as much humor into the role as Englund did.
I thought the remake was alright. I think Jackie did a pretty good job as Freddy. They should let him reprise the role. My only complaint was he didn't put as much humor into the role as Englund did.
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11:27AM on 01/15/2016

A bowl of grits

I'm tired of the franchise - let it live in the past
I'm tired of the franchise - let it live in the past
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10:41AM on 01/15/2016
Macaulay Culkin.
Macaulay Culkin.
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9:48AM on 01/15/2016
Freddie is so heavy on the make-up side you really only need someone with a good creepy voice, which as you mentioned William Dafoe totally has and could completely nail the roll. Not sure if he would want to, but he would be good. I don't really have an opinion, but I do know someone in my area that dresses up as Freddie, it's his favorite character and for some reason with the last movie he thought he had a chance at being Freddie, he of course didn't in reality but his reality is a bit
Freddie is so heavy on the make-up side you really only need someone with a good creepy voice, which as you mentioned William Dafoe totally has and could completely nail the roll. Not sure if he would want to, but he would be good. I don't really have an opinion, but I do know someone in my area that dresses up as Freddie, it's his favorite character and for some reason with the last movie he thought he had a chance at being Freddie, he of course didn't in reality but his reality is a bit different. heh.
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9:09AM on 01/15/2016
How about somebody physically intimidating like Gerard Butler? In the movies Freddy was scary but he usually went down pretty easily with a booby trap or if somebody tripped him. Have an action star that knows how to do stunt work and it'll be pretty impressive.
How about somebody physically intimidating like Gerard Butler? In the movies Freddy was scary but he usually went down pretty easily with a booby trap or if somebody tripped him. Have an action star that knows how to do stunt work and it'll be pretty impressive.
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10:34AM on 01/15/2016
...the whole point of Freddy is he was a scrawny pedophile. He is basically a human with superpowers. Of course he is going to fall easily into boobytraps. He isn't smart... I mean the guy WAS caught lol
...the whole point of Freddy is he was a scrawny pedophile. He is basically a human with superpowers. Of course he is going to fall easily into boobytraps. He isn't smart... I mean the guy WAS caught lol
8:53AM on 01/15/2016
Jeffrey Dean Morgan. He's a very talented actor. With right make-up and costume, I'm confident he'll pull it off.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan. He's a very talented actor. With right make-up and costume, I'm confident he'll pull it off.
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8:35AM on 01/15/2016
Robert Englund will forever be Freddy like Harrison Ford will forever always be Indiana Jones, and/or Han Solo.

But for the fun of it, if I had to pick one name it would be Robert Knepper.
Robert Englund will forever be Freddy like Harrison Ford will forever always be Indiana Jones, and/or Han Solo.

But for the fun of it, if I had to pick one name it would be Robert Knepper.
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8:04AM on 01/15/2016
Robert Englund or GTFO.
Robert Englund or GTFO.
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10:35AM on 01/15/2016
Wahoo!
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6:53AM on 01/15/2016
Michael Madsen
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4:02AM on 01/15/2016

Paul Dano.

Since of all the makeup you really have to act with your eyes to perform this role. My vote is for Paul Dano, I think he could do a great Freddy.
Since of all the makeup you really have to act with your eyes to perform this role. My vote is for Paul Dano, I think he could do a great Freddy.
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8:45AM on 01/15/2016
Wow...that is brilliant casting. I would have never thought of that...good choice
Wow...that is brilliant casting. I would have never thought of that...good choice
3:19PM on 01/16/2016
Paul Dano would be a cool choice. Nice thinking
Paul Dano would be a cool choice. Nice thinking
4:57PM on 01/16/2016
yeah I think Paul Dano could be a great choice!
yeah I think Paul Dano could be a great choice!
1:47AM on 01/15/2016
Benicio Del Toro if he can channel his Fear and Loathing energy.

Walton Goggins.

Andy Serkis.
Benicio Del Toro if he can channel his Fear and Loathing energy.

Walton Goggins.

Andy Serkis.
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