The trailer for the A Nightmare on Elm Street remake is up, and it looks commendable.

I appreciate that this movie takes him back to his frightening, nightmarish roots — the ones he exhibited for about four-fifths of the first movie, and which were subsequently buried under the gimmickry and one-liners of the sequels.

I’m a little worried, though, about the implied revisionism, since it seems from the trailer (though it could be negated in the full feature) that this Freddy Krueger is an innocent, murdered without cause by vigilante justice. That’s absolutely the WRONG tack to take with him. Despite all of the pop-culture charisma that Robert Englund exuded in the role through its many installments, the original Freddy Krueger was the worst kind of human monster: He raped and killed little children. To instead make him a wronged outsider whose revenge is therefore justified in some degree is wrong wrong wrong. Yes, standard issue Hollywood revisionism which makes the good guys bad and the bad guys innocent, but still wrong.

But I may be reading too much into it. I’ll have to wait and see.



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