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A Nightmare on Elm Street Is Being Remade Again, Because F**k It

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The first Nightmare remake is one I don’t entirely hate. I think it features one major misstep – making Freddy Krueger more explicitly a sex offender and having him attracted to both young Nancy and teen Nancy, which isn’t really how pedophilia generally works. Ironically, he was more appealing as just a murderer in the original series. That said, Jackie Earle Haley was about as good a reconceived Freddy as you could get, if you must.

The Wrap specifically mentions Freddy and adds what seems to be educated speculation about a younger actor, which tells me this will probably be a big disappointment. The Nightmare reboot you COULD do well is one that actually expands the world of the original series – Freddy’s Dead established dream demons who can empower certain individuals, while New Nightmare suggested that horror movies can channel darker forces. I for one think that fans would be more likely to embrace another Nightmare if the killer is somebody different; unlike Jason and Leatherface, Freddy IS Robert Englund, who gave a very specific, memorable performance. If you can’t do it better than THIS, don’t bother.

Just wait – Freddy will be Nancy’s dead ex-boyfriend/stalker in this one. Calling it now.

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Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.) Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist