There’s news that the Nightmare on Elm Street movie, a reboot of the likes of Rob Zombie’s Halloween or the new Friday the 13th, is more or less a go. Whether the Friday and Nightmare reboots differ from more direct remakes like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Dawn of the Dead remain to be seen. They’ve already said the new Elm Street movie is unlikely to have Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger. This immediately caused an uproar. Personally while I’m a little disappointed I won’t complain about the change. Change can be good. Also the fluidity and changeableness of dreams certainly lends itself to alteration even of this level. I’m just glad that like in Wes Craven’s New Nightmare there’s a new film to once more contains that ageless evil essence.
Semi-official talk points toward a less quipfull Freddy, more akin to as in the original film. Some people always spoke out against the comedic Freddy. Not I though. The contrast between wisecracks and horror can be put to good use if they try. In life Freddy as a predator needed a level of charm and likableness. His crimes required that he seem non-threatening to his targets, the time to scare them senseless came later. Freddy in the dreams could be palling around, drawing the victims in, and then build up to terrorizing them. It fits with the scary unpredictable abuser type, kind one time, vicious another. They could even carry forth the demon-Freddy change from Freddy vs. Jason indicative of his change in tactics, unnoticed in the miasma of the dream but all too clear to the audience.
Music: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus by Tiny Tim.