13 Filmmakers Who Should Get To Make The Next 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' Film

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Vote up the horror filmmakers you most want to see tackle Freddy.

In November 2019, it was announced that writer and director Wes Craven's estate had begun actively seeking pitches for a new Elm Street movie. With this big horror news, fans immediately began to wonder: who will take the reins of this beloved franchise, and what direction will they take it? Will they bring back Robert Englund in his career-defining role as Freddy Krueger? Or will a new actor step into the striped sweater and fedora, as Jackie Earle Haley did in the previous Elm Street reboot from 2010? Choosing the right creative forces can make or break a film, and these candidates may just be up to the task. 


  • Ari Aster
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    Ari Aster has a nearly unrivaled talent for creating intensely upsetting images - an ability he put to good use in Hereditary and Midsommar.

    Were he to create nightmare set pieces for a new Freddy film, they would undoubtedly give viewers severe nightmares, as well.

    • David Gordon Green
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      David Gordon Green, alongside frequent collaborator Danny McBride, did wonders for the Halloween franchise when they revived Michael Myers and Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) for a new installment in 2018.

      Given that original Elm Street stars Heather Lagenkamp and Robert Englund both revealed they'd be up for another movie, perhaps lightning could strike twice with Green and McBride on board.

      • Age: 47
      • Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas
    • The Soska Sisters
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      Dubbed "the Twisted Twins," Sylvia and Jen Soska know how to make a bloody good movie. Their take on Freddy might be a perfect blend of scary and funny, like his iteration in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.

      Moreover, the Soskas publicly stated via their Twitter account that they want to see Heather Langenkamp - who played Nancy in the original film and Dream Warriors, as well as a fictionalized version of herself in Wes Craven's New Nightmare - back in action. Fans of the series would undoubtedly support this move.

      • Age: 39
      • Birthplace: North Vancouver, Canada
    • Perhaps the premier monster-maker of the 21st century, Guillermo del Toro injects his films with tons of imagination and attention to detail. 

      His take on the Dream World alone would no doubt be the most elaborate and horrifying yet. 

      • Age: 57
      • Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico