Heather Langenkamp’s name is one those who lived through the 1980’s fondly remember. Langenkamp starred as Nancy, the young woman terrorized by Freddy Kreuger in A Nightmare on Elm Street. Unlike her friends who met their demise, Nancy fought back and defeated Kreuger. The defeat, of course, was temporary. Kreuger returned for several sequels. Langenkamp also returned for a few features to reprise her Freddy-battling role. In a recent interview with EW, Langenkamp expressed an interest to return to the screen and square off against Freddy one more time.
The interview comes on the heels of current Nightmare buzz. Robert Englund returned to the role of Freddy on the television series The Goldbergs. Englund wasn’t too interested in the cameo at first. Then, he changed his mind. Perhaps the idea of doing an old-time Halloween special on a sitcom appealed to him.
What inspires Heather Langenkamp? She likely draws inspiration from seeing Jamie Lee Curtis return to the role of Laurie Strode in Halloween (2018). The new confrontation between Strode and killer Michael Myers has pulled in well over $100 million worldwide. The box office receipts continue to increase for the $10 film. Could a new Nightmare on Elm Street feature do just as strong?
No reason exists to think why it would not. Horror films remain incredibly hot tickets at the box office right now. Although horror’s success is overshadowed that of superhero movies, the current boom isn’t fading.
Nostalgia also does well at the box office. The Rocky, Star Wars, and Terminator franchises all rely on recasting 1970’s and 1980’s stars in their iconic roles. Why not do the same with Englund and Langenkamp?
A reboot of the franchise cast a new actor in the role of Freddy Kreuger. The grim film earned more than $100 million worldwide, but no sequel went into production. The reasons why remain murky to this day.