David F. Sandberg, director of Annabelle: Creation, has suggested that he would love his next project to be something a little more retro.
Between 2016’s Lights Out and the most recent The Conjuring spin-off, Sandberg has proven his horror chops. In a discussion regarding his most recent film, the Swedish filmmaker was asked by Screenrant if there were any franchises that he would be interested in tackling.
“I’ve been thinking about what fun franchises New Line has like A Nightmare on Elm Street and Critters. Might be fun if you took something like that in a different direction from previous instalments,” said Sandberg “Like instead of remaking Nightmare you do some continuation of it in the same world kind of thing.”
Screenrant sources reveal that Sandberg would be looking to take on Wes Craven’s Nightmare on Elm’s Street. The cult classic horror franchise introduced the world to Freddy Kreuger, one of the horror genre’s well-known psychopaths. Burned to death by the vengeful parents of his victims, Freddy soon manifested the ability to torment his prey through their dreams and beyond. His gleeful rampage began in 1984 and continued on through eight movies, including a crossover with Friday the 13th’s Jason Voorhees in the aptly named Freddy vs Jason. The last entry in this series saw Jackie Earle Haley take over the role of Freddy from Robert Englund. 2010’s remake was widely considered an inferior replica but a new film helmed by Sandberg could be exactly what horror aficionados need to breathe some life back into the series.
On the other hand, Sandberg also expresses a desire to return to his more obscure roots. Critters released to the public two years after Nightmare on Elm Street. Focusing on the extraterrestrial instead of the supernatural, Critters follows a pair of interstellar mercenaries as they attempt to round up a horde predatory aliens known as Krites. Their hunt eventually brings them to earth, where the Krites are already well on their way to consuming a small town. With a total of four films in the franchise, Critters is a little known sleeper-hit series that still managed to bring the scares despite a poor reception.
While Sandberg’s interest in the cult classics seems merely hypothetical, it’s safe to say that both of these beloved horror franchises would be secure in his hands. For now, the director’s schedule is a busy one: Between a sequel to 2016’s Lights Out and the upcoming Shazam DC Cinematic Universe movie, David Sandberg certainly has his work cut out for him.