The horror genre of movies is something that is kind of difficult to comprehend or take at times because there is so much bad mixed in with the good. Unfortunately, it’s often the best ideas that get thrown to the cutting room floor or never created at all. Such is the case with the idea for a horror film that never ended up being created, and it would have been a weird conglomeration of A Nightmare On Elm Street and The Goonies.
Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?
The remake of A Nightmare On Elm Street was released in 2010 with Samuel Bayer as the director. Back in 2008 and 2009, Bloody-Disgusting had learned that French filmmakers Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury were in talks to create the remake for New Line and Platinum Dunes.
Eventually, Bayer got the job and well, that remake didn’t amount to much and it simply wasn’t good.
Well, Maury and Bustillo are still working together now, and they’ve got a new slasher film called Among the Living which has already been released in the United Kingdom. It is said to be extremely brutal and horrifyingly scary, and that is what a film in the Nightmare franchise really and truly needed.
Sadly, the duo didn’t get the job.
Bloody-Disgusting caught up with Maury and Bustillo to discuss their new movie, but also asked them about almost working on the Nightmare On Elm Street reboot. They actually revealed their pitch for it, and somehow, it was rejected.
“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…”
So wait, Freddy Krueger would have essentially been chasing a group of misfit kids in the same mindset of those in The Goonies? Why did this not happen again?
Some people may hear this idea and think it is the exact same thing that has always happened in the Nightmare On Elm Street films, but it isn’t.
Instead of having a Freddy Krueger that is strictly in the dreams of teenagers and adults, he would be the real person always referenced in the movies. From there, he’d be a seriously sick individual that tormented and went after real-life children.
If done correctly, which Maury and Bustillo would do, that movie would be totally terrifying.
Their version of A Nightmare On Elm Street is one that would be the prequel that has never actually quite been made. In their creation, the early events that made Freddy Krueger a “dream master” would truly be known and brought to life.
Now, the duo has their The Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel called Leatherface coming out later this year. It’s said to be absolutely nuts and a brutal horror film, and fans of the genre will get a glimpse of what may have happened with Freddy Krueger.
Horror movies are really hit or miss, with them either being brilliant or awful. There is no real middle ground, but this version of A Nightmare On Elm Street (meets The Goonies) that was never created would have been absolutely amazing. The idea behind it is one that never should have gotten lost, but was unfortunately rejected and not to be.
[Image via Dimension Films/New Line]