“1… 2… Freddy’s coming for you.” A Nightmare on Elm Street is the iconic horror franchise that left so many of us sleepless in our beds late at night. After nine slasher films, a television series, novels, comic books, and one questionable remake, fans have been without the menacing hilarity of Freddy Krueger for over 7 years. But, fans may not be waiting for long. There has been whisper that Freddy Krueger might just be returning…
As you know, we here at Nightmare on Film Street are ecstatic about any news we can get our hands on regarding the franchise. In fact, due to the podcast’s one year anniversary, hosts Kimberley & Jonathan dedicated an episode to the film. “Come To Freddy: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)”, the podcast’s ode to the original masterpiece recaps the nightmare from the beginning. Even more, when it came to rumors of an upcoming reboot we couldn’t wait to dig in and find out more.
What about 2010’s promising reboot?
Though 2010’s A Nightmare on Elm Street remake certainly delivered at the box office, clawing in $32,902,299 on its opening weekend, the film fell short of audience’s expectations. It was eventually swept under the rug, fans eager to have it forgotten. The film, which starred Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, Shutter Island) donning the role as “The Springwood Slasher”, also rocketed the careers of Rooney Mara (A Ghost Story, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and Kyle Gallner (A Haunting In Connecticut, American Sniper), thrusting them into the limelight for other iconic roles.
Strangely enough, over the past year, something has been stirring on the internet, gaining momentum through the horror community. Rumor has it that Kevin Bacon will be snatching up the role of Freddy Krueger for a possible franchise reboot.
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Bacon, who is no stranger to horror, starring in films such as the original Friday The 13th, Flatliners, and A Stir of Echoes, may just hold the bloodthirsty persona that we all need in our nightmares. Who can forget Bacon’s most sadistic and villainous performances in films like Hollow Man and “X-Men: First Class“?
But, where did these rumors all start?
Last summer, a small interaction on twitter rippled into waves when rumors started spreading that Kevin Bacon would be the next to portray Freddy Krueger in an upcoming franchise reboot. The tweet by user Bettie Toxic enthusiastically shared her thoughts on social media claiming that Kevin Bacon would be fantastic as Freddy.
If a nightmare on elm street gets rebooted again can we please somehow get @kevinbacon as Freddy? I think he’d be fantastic.
— Bettie Toxic (@bettietoxic) August 13, 2016
Incidentally, Bettie wasn’t the only person to think that Kevin would be perfect for the part. Many shared their agreement over this along with another huge personality in Hollywood. As she’d soon be surprised to find out, her tweet had been shared and replied to by Bacon himself, expressing his interest in the idea.
I like the way you think Bettie https://t.co/oB5HyMo6tG
— Kevin Bacon (@kevinbacon) August 13, 2016
As a result, the response was overwhelming.
While passing through Chicago with his band, Kevin stopped into WGN, the local news station to discuss the rumors and his thoughts on the role. “It’s internet crazy, really.”, Bacon explained, describing the result of the interaction with his fan on twitter. “I’m not opposed to it though, I don’t know, I’ll do anything,” the actor then expressed.
Above all, it wasn’t long before the news of the actor’s interest reached the man behind the franchise, Robert Englund. Englund who was made famous by his portrayal of Freddy Krueger in the 1984 A Nightmare on Elm Street film has recently stated that he is simply too old to reprise the role he’s famous for.
Furthermore, the 70 year old horror icon shared his thoughts on the matter saying,
“Well the gossip I’ve heard, and I don’t know how valid this is, but there has been some talk about using, or perhaps he’s been approached, Kevin Bacon. Yeah. I think that would be great. He’s in one of my favorite little horror movies, Stir of Echoes, and you should check it out if you haven’t seen in. And I just think Kevin’s the right size. I think he respects horror movies. He doesn’t make fun of them. I think it would be real interesting.”
Though no official announcement for a reboot has been confirmed, our dream is that one is in the making. With such a delicious idea at hand, one can only hope that Hollywood makes it better by adding Bacon.
What are your thoughts?
Should Kevin Bacon take on the role as “The Springwood Slasher“? Reach out to us and let us know in the comments!