Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Who Played It Best? Freddy Krueger

Who Played It Best? Freddy Krueger
"Who Played It Best?" will be a weekly poll on my blog. Each Wednesday, I will collect a group of actors known for playing the same character in the movies. You will have the entire week to vote for who you felt played the character the best. I will announce the winner next Wednesday.

Of any horror icon in American cinema, I think Freddy Krueger will be the one that will be imprinted in the pages of history. There is so much to Freddy Krueger that separates him from all the other slasher murderers that we could discuss it all night. Krueger hails from the dreamworld, so he has the ability to do anything he would like, and that also makes him immortal. Not only that, but he's not just some silent and/or moaning giant with a machete. Freddy Krueger had a sense of humor, he had a personality, he had something that made him different from the herd. Freddy Krueger was so juicy as a character that he literally put New Line Cinema on the map, the studio has been dubbed "The House That Freddy Built" and it will be referred to that forever. No matter what, no actor can play a part forever, and I think Robert Englund made a good run with the character as the original actor for the role. In 2010, the film was remade in an attempt to kick-start a new franchise, with abysmal results. I think both actors made a clear mark on the franchise at one point, so I must ask, who played it best?

My Two Cents
I think both Robert Englund and Jackie Earle Haley are both incredible actors. Quite honestly, I think both actors did a good job in the role. For some voters, it will boil down to what you prefer in your horror films. Do you prefer there be light at the end of the tunnel, or do you like jet-black darkness all the way through? If you like the light, then you'll probably prefer Englund. His Krueger may have been evil but boy did he make you laugh. Englund's version of Krueger is quite possibly the coolest horror villain ever and I never thought I'd associate the words "cool" and "horror" together, but it is true. Haley's film brought the franchise to very dark roots, with a ending that suggests absolutely no hope. If you like that aspect about horror films, then I assure you, Haley did exactly what he was hired to do, so its hard to argue against him, even though I harbor personal feelings about the film as a whole that I would not call positive. One voting aspect might also fall under who had the most traction with the role. Englund made eight movies as Krueger, while Haley only made one. So perhaps Englund had more time to make a big splash in the role. Overall, I think both actors did good enough for your time and attention.

Which version of the character do you prefer? Let me know by next Wednesday. You can start voting today. You can email me ( or just simply leave a name in my comments section below.

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Can't beat a classic


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