When Hollywood remade the horror film, Friday the 13th, last year, it only seemed inevitable that Hollywood would want to capitalize on that by remaking another classic horror film, which, much like Friday the 13th, went on to have many sequels. That’s right, the film, which came out April 30 is A Nightmare on Elm Street.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the story, let me give a small synopsis of what the story is about. After finding out that Freddy Krueger had murdered their children, angry parents torch his house, thereby killing Freddy as a result of the fire and causing him to burn to death, As a result, an infuriated Freddy comes back and kills people when they are most vulnerable, in their dreams.
In both 2003’s Freddy versus Jason, which starred Ken Kirzinger and in 2009’s Friday the 13th, which starred Derek Mears, both actors took over Kane Hodder’s role as he was the original man to portray Jason Voorhees. In this case, Jackie Earle Haley takes over Robert Englund’s role as Freddy Krueger. There is a huge difference, however. For the role of Jason Voorhees, almost anyone can play him since you never see his face and since he obviously never talks. You just have to have the size as well as the characteristics of Jason. For Freddy, it’s a different story. Poor Jackie Earle Haley has huge shoes to fill and will forever be compared to the great Robert Englund. When Freddy versus Jason came out, you never heard people compare Ken Kirzinger to Kane Hodder. No matter how good of a Freddy Krueger Jackie Earle Haley may be, he might never be as good as Robert Englund.
For example, let’s take a look at the 1998 remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Vince Vaughn was given the unenviable role of Norman Bates, a role made famous in the original by Anthony Perkins. Not only was the film a bomb, but Vince Vaughn, as hard as he might have tried, was nowhere near the league of Anthony Perkins.
Hopefully, Jackie Earle Haley knows what he is doing otherwise he probably wouldn’t have accepted the role. Of course, there will always be people who can’t accept the new guy taking over.
Then again, I could be wrong as this new generation of fans probably were too young or not even born yet when the original was released. As a matter of fact, it’s been nearly 7 years since Freddy has been in theaters.
The question remains, will we see sequels like in the original Nightmare on Elm Street films or is this it?