If there’s one thing that seems inevitable about Hollywood horror, it’s that every major – and even many minor – horror film will someday get remade, if not more than once. To date, one of the biggest duds among this crop was 2010’s hated A Nightmare on Elm Street remake.
While the movie made a profit in theaters – earning $115 million worldwide on a budget of $35 million – the resulting backlash against it from fans, critics, and even casual viewers resulted in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise entering hibernation for the past decade.
It remains to be seen when Freddy Krueger will be resurrected – although Robert Englund recently said he might be up for one more movie – but most would agree that the 2010 remake was a disaster. This includes writer Eric Heisserer, who feels his script was ruined.
In fact, Heisserer puts most of the blame for the film at the feet of director Samuel Bayer. During a recent Twitter thread, Heisserer – who’s since written Final Destination 5 and Netflix’s Bird Box, among others – looked back on the film and its many grave mistakes.
While Heisserer doesn’t mention Bayer by name in the thread above, in other replies, he makes clear that’s who he’s talking about with regard to all the script changes. Scripts getting changed on set is certainly not a new phenomenon, but one wonders what could’ve been.
In the meantime, here’s hoping New Line gets in touch with Englund and takes him up on that offer to play Freddy one more time. I know I’d love to see it, and most Nightmare fans would too. I do feel kinda bad for Jackie Earle Haley though, who wasn’t too bad as Freddy.