‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ Finally Gets the Modern Treatment

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Freddy Krueger preparing to fight Jason Voorhees in 'Freddy vs. Jason'

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Despite being one of the most iconic slasher horrors of all time, A Nightmare on Elm Street has fallen by the wayside. All the others — HalloweenFriday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Child’s Play (AKA Chucky), and Scream — continue to churn out new movies and television shows, but there are still no signs of an Elm Street reboot.

The franchise first emerged from the dream world in 1984 with Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street, in which a group of exhausted teenage friends realize they’re being haunted in their dreams by the same entity: a hideously disfigured man in a dirty fedora hat and red-and-green-striped sweater with a razor-fingered glove on his right hand.

Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger in 'A Nightmare On Elm Street' 1984
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But when the teens begin to die in their sleep, it’s up to Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) and her boyfriend Glen Lantz (Johnny Depp) to find out who Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) is so they can put a stop to his terror. But staying awake won’t be easy.

Wes Craven’s 1984 film was a box office hit (grossing $57M against its $1.1M budget) and led to a franchise that became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon dubbed “Freddy-Mania.” After the original film, New Line Cinema churned out many sequels, and though the series quickly lost quality, it remains one of the most proficient horror franchises ever and gave us one of the most terrifying movie villains of all time.

Heather Langenkamp (Nancy Thompson) and Johnny Depp (Glen Lantz) in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street'
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Of course, given how often movies go under the knife in Hollywood (or, in this case, a razor-fingered glove), the Elm Street reboot situation sounds rather complicated. Rumor has it that the Wes Craven estate won’t relinquish the rights to the Elm Street movies. On the other hand, we already got a reboot of the original 1984 film in 2010 from Platinum Dunes, so do we really need another?

Despite being a box office hit ($117.7M over $35M), the Samuel Bayer-directed remake, which saw Jackie Earle Haley replace Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger, did not fare well with fans and critics. As such, the iconic dream demon was killed off once again.

But in a time where ’70s and ’80s slashers are all the craze again (Chucky the TV series just finished its third season, Scream 7 is in development, and both Halloween and Friday the 13th are getting cinematic universes), it’s hard to believe Freddy will stay dead forever.

Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Kruger terrorizing a teen in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' reboot
Credit: Platinum Dunes / New Line Cinema

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Fortunately, there’s finally some good news about the franchise. Per Bloody Disgusting, A Nightmare on Elm Street is getting a 4K release. Later this year, Wes Craven’s horror masterpiece will haunt our dreams in high definition, following HalloweenFriday the 13th, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, all of which have already been given the 4K treatment.

Per Bloody Disgusting, the “Ultimate Collector’s Edition” 4K steelbook will feature alternate takes and filmmaking secrets, commentaries from director Wes Craven and stars stars Heather Langenkamp [Nancy Thompson], John Saxon [Donald Thompson], and Robert Englund [Freddy Krueger], documentaries/featurettes (The House That Freddy Built: The Legacy of New Line Horror, Never Sleep Again: The Making of A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Night Terrors: The Origins of Wes Craven’s Nightmares), and plenty more.

Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) in a tunnel in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street: Dream Warriors'
Credit: New Line Cinema

The release is only set for the UK, however, as all 4Ks are region-free, you should have no problem planning your sleepless night when it hits shelves on December 31. You can now pre-order A Nightmare on Elm Street‘s 4K steelbook on Amazon UK.

Now, the question is, when will A Nightmare on Elm Street catch up with its fellow slashers where a modern reboot is concerned? It may never happen, but we can dream.

Will you be buying A Nightmare on Elm Street in 4K? Would you like to see another modern reboot of the 1984 classic by Wes Craven? Let Inside the Magic know in the comments down below!

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