“Never Sleep Again: A Nightmare on Elm Street is Getting the Reboot”
“A Nightmare on Elm Street”, the brainchild of Wes Craven. This was a film that scared me to death as a child. Slasher films were the whole subject of the American Horror movement in the 1970’s and 1980’s, where a lot of the American horror monsters got their birth. Being credited with saving New Line Cinema from the woes of bankruptcy, “A Nightmare on Elm Street” unleashed a new type of horror on the unsuspecting movie-goers that cool November night in 1984.
Having modeled the dream killer, Freddy Kruger, after a high school buddy of his, and the way he kills from an old newspaper story about Cambodian refugees dying from nightmares, Wes Craven ignited a flame in the slasher film world that still burns today. “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, true to Kruger lore, is the film series that just won’t die.
In 2010, New Line Cinema tried to reinvigorate the franchise by rebooting the series, but the film garnered dismal reviews and even worse numbers. According to The Tracking Board (via Bloody Disgusting), New Line Cinema is looking into ways to remake “A Nightmare on Elm Street”.
David Leslie Johnson (“The Conjuring 2”, “Orphan”) has been hired to write the reboot script. Johnson has recently been tapped to pen the reboot of “Dungeons and Dragons” at Warner Bros. Pictures. Robert England played the iconic Freddy Kruger from 1984 to 2003, and Jackie Earle Haley took on the role in the 2010 reboot.
What will we be getting this time? I saw the reboot when it first came to theaters, and remembered Haley’s voice as Kruger to be particularly haunting, but it just didn’t hold the horror that the first film embraced. Have we completely become desensitized to this style of horror in America, or will this reboot live up to all of the anxiety that the 1984 film had?