Though the past decade has given rise to many exciting new horror franchises such as The Conjuring, Insidious, The Purge and Sinister, it stands to reason that moviegoers won’t forget the classics. Heck, the monstrous success of the latest Halloween flick is evidence of just that.
And while I love me some Michael Myers, it’s the A Nightmare on Elm Street series that probably resonates with me most. I mean, not only have I dug it for most of my existence, but it also lays claim to the highest amount of satisfying sequels of any major horror saga, at least in my view.
Unfortunately, though, Warner Bros. have allowed the property to collect dust since releasing a remake back in 2010, thereby forcing us to wonder if Freddy Krueger will ever return to show the teenagers of Springwood who’s the boss.
But if something were to ever get off the ground, scream queen Heather Langenkamp is willing to sign up, telling ComicBook.com the following:
“I would really love to reprise Nancy in a way, because I feel that there’s more of that story to be told, certainly. But I don’t know if there’s anyone out there who is as imaginative as Wes Craven, who could figure it out. I just don’t know. I don’t see enough great storylines that would incorporate Nancy in any universe. I just don’t know if that exists, but some brilliant person might be working on something. But I know the fans would love it so much, because I see them in these situations where they’re so enthusiastic.”
Right now, it’s unclear how a screenwriter tasked with bringing Nancy back into the equation could pull off such a thing, given her death in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. Granted, Langenkamp did come back further down the line in Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, but that was as herself in a highly meta role.
The simplest solution would be to have her appear as a ghost or hallucination in a fun cameo, but A Nightmare on Elm Street could always go the way of Blumhouse’s Halloween and ignore everything but the first movie. Hey, if Laurie Strode could be killed off in Halloween: Resurrection and played by a completely different actress in two films directed by Rob Zombie before coming back as Jamie Lee Curtis in an alternate timeline, then Nancy could most certainly follow in her footsteps.
Getting back to Langenkamp herself, she continued by tipping her hat to the fans:
“They’re such great fans that the horror genre just doesn’t seem to appreciate them enough. I constantly walk away with, these are people who have created a genre just out of pure love over the past 30 years. Their love of these movies has actually buoyed this genre in a way that no other genres, I think, can say that’s the reason why they’re so successful. And so, for their sake, I think, give them what they want. If this is what they want, they’re telling me they want it, then why wouldn’t you give people what they want?”