The torch of Freddy Krueger – is it time to be passed? It was tried once a few years back and failed miserably. There’s no need to go into detail; you know exactly what I’m talking about, and I’m not one to bring up old wounds. But maybe Freddy Krueger has life in him yet.
And if Robert Englund has anything to say about it, he would be played by Kevin Bacon.
Let’s not go insane just yet, though. There’s not even an inkling of an official announcement of this happening. So cool your jets, Benny. This is just something that the veteran actor revealed he has heard through gossip.
Cinema Blend reports that the former incarnation of Krueger had this to say:
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.
This isn’t a total shocker, as Bacon has expressed his interest in playing the character after a fan Tweeted that they’d like to see Bacon take over as Krueger. This may be where the whole rumor mill started churning, and it’s more than likely just that – a rumor.
Still, it’s a nice thought, and it’s made even better that Englund is in favor of it. But if there ever was a time for a reboot, I think it’s now. New Line has just revived new life into Stephen King’s It, and in recent years the quality and reputation for the horror genre as a whole has been on an upward trend. Strike while the iron’s hot, they say. While horror hasn’t ever really gone out of style, I think it’d be hard to disagree that it’s definitely burning hot right now. It Follows, Get Out, Split…the numbers don’t lie.
Let’s also get something straight: reboots aren’t going anywhere, so you may as well get used to them now if you haven’t already. And with this being the case, it’s only a matter of time before Freddy gets a new makeover. So when the time comes, who is it going to be?
Let’s discuss. In the meantime, I’m firing up my VHS player and watching me some Elm Street. You’re all invited.