When A Nightmare on Elm Street was released in the 1980s, it was heavy going for a lot of horror fans, even those less squeamish. However, it wasn’t considered ‘too much,’ keeping its scares on the right side of acceptable.
However, if French filmmakers Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo had got their wish for a reboot back in 2008, things would have seriously got out of hand. The duo sought to reboot the classic horror franchise before it eventually ended up with Samuel Beyer, whose effort starring Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger was critically panned.
Maury and Bastillo’s idea for a reboot was much more radical. Speaking with Bloody Disgusting, the directors revealed their rejected pitch for A Nightmare On Elm Street, which would have essentially been a dark and twisted version of The Goonies.
“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…”
OK, so that was pretty terrifying. It’s bad enough that Freddy can infiltrate your dreams while your sleeping, there’s no need for him to be molesting children. That is just too far. However, the filmmakers seemed so intent on making a version like this that they eventually incorporated certain elements of the rejected pitch into their new film, Among the Living.
Here’s the synopsis:
“Youngsters, Victor, Dan and Tom skip school to wander around an abandoned movie set. They stumble upon a horrific vision: A woman in chains is dragged through the field by a man wearing a clown mask. The masked man catches a glimpse of the boys, who scramble to run away. But, before they can escape, they see something which has been hidden for years, something they were not meant to see. Terrified of having been seen by the masked man, the boys try to alert the police. Unfortunately, their past record of unruly behavior discredits them and the police do not follow up on their tipoff. That night someone breaks into their homes, seeking to eliminate them…one after another…They are going to meet Klarence…”
They may not have succeeded in their pitch to bring Freddy Krueger back to life but we will see the French pair’s version of another iconic horror character, as they are helming the Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel Leatherface, focusing on the psychopath’s teenage origins. Bloody Disgusting have seen the movie already seen it and say it’s flat-out insanity from beginning to end. We can’t wait.