Nightmare on Elm Street Prequel On The Way?

It should come as no surprise to hear that a Nightmare on Elm Street prequel was recently being discussed over at New Line Cinema. With Wes Craven seemingly determined to remake just about every movie he’s ever done, the original Nightmare on Elm Street being re-released in theatres briefly last month, and reboots of classic 80’s horror franchises Halloween and Friday The 13th currently in the works, it seems inevitable that Freddy should be preparing for a resurrection on the big screen as well.

The word is that they wanted John McNaughton (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer) to direct the movie, which would focus on Freddy Krueger’s days as a school janitor where he raped and murdered children. This takes place before he becomes the master of the dream world we all know him as; as such the prequel would steer clear of any supernatural elements.

I guess the interesting thing here is the choice to make it a prequel as opposed to a remake or sequel. I like the idea, if only because it takes the character in a different direction. I just wonder if it might reduce a classic horror villain’s effectiveness if too much of his past is revealed. There’s always something to be said for maintaining a little bit of mystery. My guess is they’ll be keeping a close eye on how The Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel does this month, both commercially and critically… but one way or another this will probably get greenlit.

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  • There was an episode of Freddy’s Nightmares that dealt with Freddy’s past, though obviously in a slightly more sanitized way than the cinematic prequel would.

  • Chopper

    i would like to see this for sure, mind you i dont really remember Freddys Nightmare. it would be cool to see how Freddy got his start to being a madman.

  • Christopher Collins

    They Should Just Remake The Damn Thing, Half The Movie Explaining How He ed Children As A Human And The Last Half Of Him People In Their Dreams, Kinda Like How The New Halloween Movie Went

  • kyle bak

    i really hope they make a remake but it would only be good if it still had robert englund and maybe some cameos from the cast of the original

  • i am 10 years old and i saw all of the nightmares on elm sreet,and i cant wait to see the remake!

  • i am back again and this comment is not about nightmare on elm steet,it is about halloween remake by rob zombie,that was such a good movie,but i have to say it had to much nudity in it.but ya know how rob zombie is,he has nudity in every movie he makes.lol

    xoxo,stephen

  • oh and christopher collins that would be copying rob zombies halloween.cuz he showed what micheal was about when he was a cid,so u need to get that shit out of ur head!

  • What a charming 10 year-old you are! :D

    I don’t know if I would prefer a remake, prequel, or sequel. The first one just can’t be beat.

  • Axe Man

    THIS IDEA IS BRILLIANT!!!! HERE’S WHY WHEN I THINK OF FREDDY KRUEGER I DONT PUT HIM IN THE SAME BOAT AS MICHAEL MYERS OR JASON I COMPARE HIM MORE TO CHUCKY, I MEAN YEAH HE’S DEMONIC, BUT WHEN I WAS A KID I WAS AFRAID OF HALLOWEEN N FRIDAY THE 13TH BUT A NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST. WASNT VERY SCARY TO ME BECAUSE IT HAD THAT SCI FI AFFECT TO IT CUZ U KNEW THINGS LIKE THAT COULDN’T HAPPEN IN REAL LIFE. I THINK THIS PREQUEL WOULD MAKE HIS CHARACTER MORE AFFECTIVE BECAUSE IT WOULD PUT THE HUMAN BACK IN HIM & IT WOULD SHOW YOU A WHOLE DARKER SIDE TO HIM THAT WOULD REALLY FRIGHTEN YOU. THE NIGHMARE ON ELM ST. FRANCHISE HAS BEEN BUTCHERED OVER THE PREVIOUS LIKE A LOT OF HORROR MOVIES TEND TO DO BUT I THINK W/ THE RIGHT PEOPLE WORKING ON THIS FILM THIS COULD BE THE REDEMPTION THIS TYPE OF FILM NEEDS…!!!

  • I’m so against this. If you are, please show your support for the real Freddy Krueger by signing the No Nightmare Remake Petition!!

    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/nonewnightmare/

  • the idea is greast as hell, go for it.. i love the elm street series, and also they should start sellin freddys nightmares on dvds, i never seen the show and want it now soo fuckin make em into a dvd n hook me up

  • kitty

    I think that anyone who is keen on this piece of shit being remade should go and get a copy of f&$king bambi out from thier local video store, because they obviously don’t appreciate horror and the fact that Freddy kicks ass now as much as he always did. And our beloved Robert Englund is not to play “HIS” role I heard it was supposed to be billy bob thornton, love the guy but he’s not Freddy so f%$k that shit.

  • Rudy M Alapag Jr

    THE NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET REMAKE SHOULD
    BE LIKE IT WAS SHOWN ON THE FREDDY VS JASON DVD IN THE BEGINNING.IT EXPLAINED A LOT FROM FREDDY’S VOICE.THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING AND I HOPE IT WILL SHOW THE PARENTS AND THE THOMPSONS PARENTS, IF NOT THEN I’M SURE IT WILL SHOW OTHER DIFFERENT PARENTS,OF COURSE IT EXPLAINS IN THE FREDDY’S NIGHTMARE’S BUT IT HAS TO SHOW ON THE BIG SCREEN.
    ONE TWO: FREDDY’S CONING FOR YOU,
    THREE FOUR:BETTER LOCK YOUR DOOR,
    FIVE SIX:GRAB YOUR CRUCIFIX,
    SEVEN AND EIGHT: BETTER STAY AWAKE,
    NINE TEN:HE’S BACK AGAIN.

  • To the dude with the petition: If you don’t want to see this movie then simply don’t watch it. Don’t try ruining it for the people who do. Anyways, your online petetion is useless anyways. No film maker will listen to some idiot with an online petition. Sorry.

  • Horror movie fan

    I love horror movies. but i believe some people take them too far. freddy has been my fav. since i can remember. i think a prequel would be great. it might actually be a little scary.

  • scottw04901

    I dont know how this ones going to go because its easy to remake a jason or a halloween because they didnt talk and are behind masks so thats easy anyone can wear a mask but when u get into a talking person that robert englund did and made famous its going to be tough for a new person to fill those shoes because anyone that liked the old ones will always say theres only 1 freddy and thats robert englund

  • listen u guys really think the remake was good not even the voice was way off sorry jackie earl hailey you are not a good freddie krueger again sorry jackie I play the freddie charitor during the holloween season voice and all I am very close to robert englund ..I work for trail of terror fest .com goto face book and you see me