A Nightmare on Elm Street is one of the most popular and crazy franchises for the horror genre, but even though the film has a number of ridiculous sequels, it sounds like producers should have listened to Freddy Krueger himself for ideas, as Robert Englund wrote a sequel script back in the ’90s.
Ever since acclaimed horror auteur Wes Craven introduced Freddy Krueger and the Nightmare on Elm Street universe to unsuspecting movie audiences, they’ve become staples of the genre. There are plenty of horror series that have survived over the decades, but there are few that go in as weird directions as the Nightmare on Elm Street series. The films take some interesting risks, not all of which pay off, but it leads to some growing pains as Freddy continues his rampage on clueless teens.
There are seven A Nightmare on Elm Street films, one remake of the original movie, and a crossover showdown with Jason Voorhees. The films all attempt to follow the same chronology and, as a result of this, the later films in the series suffer from this baggage and can crumble under their own weight. The horror sequels continually feature strong performances from Robert Englund, entertaining special effects, and creative kills, but they struggle to find the right direction for the series. However, Robert Englund has recently spoken out about an idea he had for a sequel, which sounds like it could have completely reinvigorated the franchise.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors was a major turning point for the series and it was during a time where the studio was considering many different approaches for where to go with the series. Robert Englund himself was one of the several people to submit a script, with his sequel titled “Freddy’s Funhouse”, which followed Tina’s older sister from the first film. Tina’s sister would be back, now much older, and on a mission to figure out what happened to her deceased sister. In essence, she would effectively become a paranormal Nancy Drew of sorts as Englund’s script incorporated more of a hard-boiled detective quality to the horror series. Englund was also adamant that the main character in the franchise always be a female that’s in distress, as that dynamic is baked into the series. However, he wanted to empower his heroine a little more than usual.
Englund’s script is a very novel and satisfying continuation of the films’ lore, but he admits that since it was written back in the ‘90s, it faces a number of hurdles due to the many advancements that have taken place since then. Englund specifically cites that the detective methods used in the script were inventive back in that decade, but wouldn’t work anymore because of how far technology has come. The script would definitely need updates to address these issues. However, if those areas are improved upon, there’s really no reason that this premise still couldn’t work, only with Tina’s sister now even older than she’d be in the ‘90s.
Englund isn’t exactly optimistic that his script idea will be a viable option, but A Nightmare on Elm Street has really struggled to come back to life as of late. With all of the successful legacy sequels that have been happening, especially within the horror genre, perhaps “Freddy’s Funhouse” could still be the best angle for the Nightmare on Elm Street films, since it was designed to be work as a direct sequel to the original film.
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