HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JULY 20: Actor Robert Englund attends a cast reunion of New Line Cinema's "Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge" at Outfest Film Festival at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on July 20, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
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Why Wes Craven's New Nightmare Had To Scrap A 'Brilliant' Robert Englund Scene
"Wes Craven's New Nightmare" not only brings back Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger for more slicing and dicing, but also has him play himself. Englund makes a quick appearance (and a sudden disappearance) as an actor reluctant to don the striped sweater again due to fears of being typecast.
In a sequence that was never shot due to budgetary constraints, Englund would have a nightmare in which he was trapped in a spider’s web that was being engulfed by a black widow. This spider donned the same red and green stripes that were found on Freddy’s sweater, making it a “brilliant symbolic sequence” about Englund’s fears of being typecast.
One thing about the "Nightmare on Elm Street" movies is that all dreams depicted have high interpretive value. Those lamenting the unfilmed “New Nightmare” spider sequence can still take comfort in the gory sequence of Debbie Stevens’ metamorphosis into a cockroach from "A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Master."