Horror icon Robert Englund recently confirmed that he will no longer portray the sinister Freddy Krueger due to age and physical limitations. While fans are understandably disappointed, Englund admits that after nearly 40 years and 8 films, it’s time to pass the razor-fingered glove to a new generation. However, that doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of Englund’s involvement in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise.
In an interview discussing his upcoming documentary “Hollywood Dreams & Nightmares: The Robert Englund Story”, Englund revealed that although he can no longer perform complex stunts and fight scenes, he would be open to taking on a producing role for future Nightmare films. Englund acknowledges that bringing Krueger into the modern era of technology and social media could open up new and innovative ways to terrify audiences.
“You’d have to deal with technology and culture. For instance, if one of the girls was an influencer, it would be interesting for Freddy to somehow haunt her subconscious and manifest himself, perhaps exploit everybody that followed her,” Englund suggested.
While the loss of Englund as the face of the Springwood Slasher is a devastating blow, his desire to remain involved behind the scenes gives fans hope. With Englund’s input, a new Nightmare on Elm Street film has the potential to honor the franchise’s roots while ushering in a new age of terror. The question now is, who could possibly fill Robert Englund’s oversized shoes (and razor glove) as the next reincarnation of Freddy Krueger? One name Englund mentioned was Kevin Bacon, praising his physicality and ability to convey menace without words.
Only time will tell what wicked treats are in store for Elm Street, but with Robert Englund still on board, the future looks bright…and red.