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A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET is getting another remake

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Every town has an Elm Street. And every Hollywood has an Elm Street remake up their sleeves! HAHAHAHAHA! WELCOME TO PRIME-TIME!

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Yes sir, you just can’t keep a good horror movie icon down. Jason Voorhees has been resurrected more times than David Hasslehoff’s career, Michael Myers went full metal under Rob Zombie and it looks like ol’ Freddy Krueger is getting ready to haunt your dreams again. Again.

Way back in 2010, A Nightmare On Elm Street got a remake under Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes label, joining a trend in Hollywood at the time to bring back every horror movie franchise possible.

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That particular remake starred Jackie Earle Haley as the Elm Street Slasher, and it was…alright at best. It wasn’t the best remake, but it was slightly better than some of the other slasher reboots available, before it quickly faded into obscurity and allowed people to safely go back to sleep.

Now, it looks like New Line Cinema want another crack at resurrecting the Dream Master. According to the Tracking Board, the latest remake will ignore the 2010 version completely, and will have David Leslie Johnson working on the script. You might recognise that name as the guy who recently rolled a 20 on the latest Dungeons and Dragons adaptation.

If you’e never seen A Nightmare On Elm Street (REALLY?), the premise is simple enough: After the local child killer Freddy Krueger gets on the wrong side of some mob justice, he comes back as a demonic dream demon who kills the local teenagers in their sleep. It’s up to the hormonal youngsters to find a way to not only survive Freddy’s wrath, but to defeat for him for good.

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Or a bunch of times, as original Freddy star Robert Englund was quite hard to kill in his eight feature film presentations.

The horror remake cycle is already turning quite quickly. Right now there’s a David Bruckner directed sequel to Friday the 13th on the way in 2016, a Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel called Leatherface and even a new Halloween movie being helmed by Marcus Dunstan.

Last Updated: August 6, 2015

10 Comments

  1. You know what would be cool, they should make an Elm Street flick where Freddy is technically the hero because the people he is going after are really bad mother bitches that really deserve to die, so he pulls all of his horrible shit on people, except your sorta cheer him on while cringing at the same time. Anti-Hero stuff is in right now anyways. Suicide-Squadish in a sense.

    I’ve always said that I’m going to try and convince my kids to watch Horror movies and then make them believe that the villain is actually the hero and that the slutty kids are evil. Turns a horror into a really fun hero movie! (Who let me have kids again?)

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    • The D

      August 6, 2015 at 13:07

      You’ve just perfectly described children. Little animals.

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    • RinceThis

      August 6, 2015 at 13:14

      Amber Alert!

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    • James Francis

      August 6, 2015 at 13:28

      Hmmm, I recall the director of the previous remake also punting some kind of anti-hero angle. I can’t say it grabs me. Freddy was a sociopath that became a demon when he was killed, and the original film really tapped the Sins of the Fathers vein as well as the whole ‘kids with adult problems’ theme. Now that I think of it, Freddy is on a lot of ways similar to Pennywise…

      So a major revision of the character would also leave a lot of those early themes on the curb, which I think would be a mistake.

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    • Skyblue

      August 7, 2015 at 09:16

      Um, I was always cheering for Freddy *ducks

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  2. RinceThis

    August 6, 2015 at 13:20

    NUFF already! PLEASE!

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  3. James Francis

    August 6, 2015 at 13:31

    The real reason why the remake flop, to me, was its laziness. It didn’t really bother to establish to sell the terror of Freddy. Instead it dug up all the back plot and relied heavily on that – stuff that hardly came up in the original film. Ditto for Friday the 13th – they relied on established canon to plump up the bad guy and totally ignored that what made Jason so great was his mystery.

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    • juzzlehizzle

      August 7, 2015 at 13:13

      It was also lazy in terms of having no definable contrast between Freddy and the kids.

      They’re all so fucking miserable. What threat does Freddy have for them?
      If they’re so fucking miserable, Fred’s doing them a favour, IMO

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  4. Rock789

    August 6, 2015 at 13:59

    Jackie Earle Haley was the best part of the 2010 remake – I thought he really pulled it off by playing the character with a decent amount of underlying intensity… Not just that tongue-in-cheek version of Freddy that became prevalent by the end of Robert’s run as Freddy (which was more cheese than scare).

    If this goes ahead, wonder who will play the iconic role this time?

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    • juzzlehizzle

      August 7, 2015 at 13:11

      He may have been the best part but they made a woeful mistake not letting his eyes be visible.
      Check out the above pics of Englund’s Freddy and see how much personality his eyes give him.

      It seems like a minor point but I think letting his eyes be visible would have made a huge difference.

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