Stargazing

One, two, Freddy's coming for you...

The horror movie remake train is moving on, with a new “A Nightmare on Elm Street” -- with that dude at the left as Freddy -- slated to begin filming later this month.

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, what with the mediocre-at-best “Halloween,” “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Friday the 13th” remakes of the last few years.

What separates all of these films from “Nightmare,” though, is the anonymity of the bad guy. In all of those films, the bad guy was behind a mask. Almost anyone could play him -- though in the awful “Halloween” remake the giant

Tyler Mane

was way too freaking big to play Michael Myers.

In fact, over the years Myers, Leatherface and Jason have often been played by stunt men.

Freddy is different. He has more charisma. Sure he’s horribly disfigured, but you can see his face. You can see his smile as he disembowels some snoozing coed. How can

Robert Englund

be replaced? He made the role.

So, I was obviously worried when news of the “Nightmare” remake hit the pipeline. They weren’t going to have Englund back.

My worry left when I found out that Freddy Krueger would be played in the new movie by former Bad News Bear

Jackie Earle Haley

(pictured at left).

After seeing that dude’s Oscar-worthy performance as the hardcore superhero Rorschach in this year’s hit “Watchmen,” I know he can pull off Freddy.

| Eric Winkler, ewinkler@kcstar.com

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