Robert Englund, the actor who portrayed Freddy Kruger in the movie A Nightmare on Elm Street, talked about interesting topics in an interview with Variety. Englund emphasized at the very beginning that he does not consider himself a film icon.
He put more emphasis on the character of Freddy that was portrayed. “I know who icons are,” he said, as quoted by variety.com “I’m not an icon. Maybe Freddy Krueger is, but I’m not. I’m just a character actor, a utility actor who’s been very lucky”.
This great actor confirmed how happy he is with the progress of horror as a genre in that time. There was a rise in the popularity of horror films after that, and it has become one of the most popular genres of film. Nightmare on Elm Street can be said to have paved the way for others to create similar films that became big hits at the box office in the future.
“I felt there was a cultural shift that people recognized,” he says. “Horror is the punk rock of cinema in its own way. There was a recognition of pulp as a great ingredient in our cultural world. There’s room for pulp and melodrama, and the door opened wider for horror”.
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Robert Englund and his modern idea for the movie
Robert Englund spoke about the modern presentation of this movie. It seems likely that this will not happen anytime soon, but it would certainly be a wonderful idea if it could be implemented.
As he explained in his presentation, Englund offered a lot of interesting ideas on the way the movie could be presented today in a very modern form. “You’d have to deal with technology and culture,” he said.
“For instance, if one of the girls was an influencer, it would be interesting for Freddy to somehow haunt her subconscious and manifest himself, perhaps exploit everybody that followed her”.