Yes, of course I'm a horror "purist" in many ways: I think most remakes suck, most sequels are limp, and most new ideas are recycled ... but when it comes to horror remakes, I decided long ago (somewhere between Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Dawn of the Dead) to take each one on a case-by-case basis. An obvious approach, some might say, but when you're being inundated with the likes of Prom Night, When a Stranger Calls, and The Fog, it's tough to stay positive.
So here I am, knee-deep in hopeful excitement for the new Friday the 13th film, and I start thinking about NEXT year's big remake: Yep, the guys who gave us Chainsaw, Friday, Amityville, and Hitcher remakes are setting their sights on Freddy. And I'm writing this BEFORE seeing the new F13, so it's not like I have a huge fanboy crush on Platinum Dunes -- but still, a new Freddy sounds pretty darn cool to me right now. And here's why:
Freddy Krueger, as originally envisioned by Wes Craven, is one sick, twisted, and SCARY bastard. True, some of the sequelizers came up with a cool idea by having Fred be the "bastard son of a thousand kooky-heads," but I like the old-school, basic story: That Freddy K. was a deviant pedophile and child murderer who earned his demise at the hands of angry parents -- thereby making his re-appearance that much more disturbing. Jason and Mikey are scary in a "hulking brute" sort of way, but there's something extra-creepy about a child predator who escapes death by surviving in our nightmares.