Well, you know, without sacrificing what they wanted to do.
This movie was always fucked. It’s a remake of a classic slasher film that not only launched a horror icon, but an 8-film series and a TV series. This was also the first time Robert Englund wasn’t playing Freddy Krueger, who played him every other time. Jackie Earl Haley did a commendable job, but the material wasn’t there. I wish he would’ve get another shot, but that won’t happen.
The first mistake this film made was pretty much being a straight up remake of the original and, unlike “Friday the 13th” (2009), not just using cliff notes from the first 3 movies to reboot the franchise, which they actually considered. Not that that’s the best idea they had, but better than the lazy, mostly uninspired film we got, which just used a bunch of iconic moments for its own benefit. This should’ve just been it’s own story.
Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (Inside) actually had a more ambitious idea for the remake.
Our idea of a good remake is to have a new vision on the same thematics. Here it was to really use the fact that Krueger is a child molester. So the idea was to have a twisted version of the ‘Goonies’ with a bunch of kids being stalked. We thought it would have been great for a remake to switch the teenagers of the original with real kids. Beside childhood is the moment in life when you are truly and deeply frightened by nightmares, when you’re not able to see the difference between reality and dreams…
My idea for how this remake should’ve gone also involves actual kids and making Freddy a child molester, not child killer, which was what Wes Craven initially intended in doing. It would also take the idea of Freddy actually being innocent in that he didn’t molest the children, and the kids just blabbed false information to their parents. Parents go with the information though and kill Freddy. Freddy would’ve come back in the dream of the kids but want revenge on the parents, which would’ve then made him a villain.
I think there’s a lot of potential in another “Nightmare on Elm Street.” Hopefully they won’t the same mistake, but they probably will. Kevin Bacon has expressed interest in playing Freddy, who I think be great.