While the ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ went through quite a few changes over the years, creator Wes Craven feels that there is one big mistake he made with Freddy Krueger during his tenure. While I’m not sure everyone will feel that this ruined ‘New Nightmare,’ I do recall not everyone being happy with the change.
The conversation came up while Craven was talking to THR about MTV’s decision to exclude Ghostface‘s mask during the TV ‘Scream’ series and made a direct comparison to changing Freddy’s look in 1994’s ‘New Nightmare.’ It is a change that he wish wasn’t happening now and in retrospect wishes it hadn’t happened before.
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“With Freddy [Krueger] and the New Nightmare, I felt that I probably should have stuck with the original face. [With Scream,] we just let Ghostface be Ghostface. It would have been safer [not to change Freddy]. I’m not going to speculate in public, probably shouldn’t have even mentioned it, but you know, sometimes you realize that something’s not broken, so don’t fix it. And that was the course we took on all the Scream films: Don’t mess with that, it’s just perfect.”
At least he isn’t taking a George Lucas re-cut to the project. That being said, I’m in his camp and while it didn’t ruin the movie for me, I wish the original look had been in ‘New Nightmare’ as well even with the idea that this was a meta take on the character and horror in general.
You can see the difference in the character between the films below:
While things would have been better left unchanged, the look isn’t killing it for me especially with the movie being a completely different take on the character.
What are your thoughts on Craven’s biggest “mistake” when it comes to Krueger? Do you think this was the worst thing he had agreed to for the character? Share your thoughts below!
Source: Cinema Blend