Pretty much everyone agrees that, besides the original, New Nightmare and Dream Warriors are the best films in the A Nightmare on Elm Street series, which starred Robert Englund as the sleep slayer Freddy Krueger for seven entries (and one spin-off, 2003’s Freddy vs. Jason), before being butchered as a woefully inferior reboot with Jackie Earle Haley in the iconic role. However, a recent horror convention saw most of Dream Warriors‘ cast – Heather Langenkamp, Ira Heiden, Penelope Sudrow, Jennifer Rubin and Rodney Eastman – come together for a reunion photo.
— Heather Langenkamp (@LangenkampH) October 29, 2017
Unfortunately, Robert Englund wasn’t able to make the convention, and neither was Patricia Arquette (since she’s too busy winning Oscars), but fans of the film can still appreciate seeing all these actors together again, especially considering how beloved the movie is. That said, Robert Englund recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly about reprising the role, and whether or not he’d even be able to now that he’s gotten older.
“I’m too old to do another Freddy now,” Englund shared with Entertainment Weekly last month. “If I do a fight scene now it’s got to be real minimal because I can’t snap my head for eight different takes and different angles. My spine gets sore. I can still be mean and scary, but I’m mostly relegated now to sort of Van Helsing roles, old doctors and sh*t. So it’s fun that the last moment of me ever playing Freddy is a wink to the audience.”
“It’s like, I had a good run, I had a good time,” Englund continued. “And no one plans for this in your career. When I was wearing tights and doing Shakespeare, I didn’t say I wanted to be famous for playing this boogeyman. Careers happen and one of the pieces of advice I give to people is I’m sure you’ll do a great pilot or you’ll do a little independent art movie and it won’t go anywhere and then you might do your Intern No. 3 on Grey’s Anatomy and that’s the one that becomes the huge hit. People just don’t know. And when you’ve survived as long as I have and you see that, you can be real happy that you got 20 years as Freddy Krueger, you know?”
As of now, there are no names confirmed for the upcoming Nightmare on Elm Street reboot, but hopefully it’s treated on the same level as David Gordon Green’s upcoming Halloween sequel, which seems to actually be trying instead of cashing in on the name or the franchise to which it’s attached. At one point, Kevin Bacon’s name was being thrown around, and a lot of people think that’s a great idea, but we’ll have to see what New Line comes up with. Perhaps they’d be willing to pursue another crossover like Freddy vs. Jason, especially since the Dead by Daylight game – in which players can face-off as their favorite horror movie villains hunting down well-known victims from their respective franchises – has been such a huge hit, and just introduced Krueger to the lineup a couple of days before Halloween.
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