Jackie Earle Haley recently took over for Robert Englund as the villainous nightmare-hopper Freddy Kruger in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. The reviews are generally rough on the film, but for the most part, critics are pretty kind to the lead, calling it a solid performance that doesn’t try to emulate his predecessor, but also doesn’t distance itself from it to the point of being unrecognisable.
What no one mentions, however, is that the winning formula to revamping Freddy might just be making him ridiculously cute:
That’s the new 10-inch figure from the Living Dead Dolls collection, a rendering of Krueger so sweet it might cause cavities–which might at least keep you awake!
He’s modelled on the 2010 incarnation of Freddy, so the glove is the updated version, but the rest of it (including the removable hat) is perfectly loyal to the original. The doll comes in a window box perfect for collectors, but if you’re so inclined you can take him out and make yourself one of the world’s most unnerving teddy bears.
As fans recently learned, the Nightmare on Elm Street Reboot stars WATCHMEN’s Jackie Earl Haley as the new Freddy Krueger, taking over from Robert Englund, whose absence is surely going to weigh heavily on audience’s mind no matter how good Haley’s performance. Besides a brief glimpse in the trailer, it’s been unclear just what the new Freddy would look like. And the truth, revealed by Figures.com via NECA, is here in this upcoming Freddy Figure!
It’s definitely a difference, but I’m thinking I like it: over the years, the Freddy Krueger ‘brand’, as it were, has become a true cult hero, but also a bit of a joke as he takes on unlikely foes and becomes more and more ridiculous. The new Haley Krueger definitely has a stranger stare, less of a smile and a creepier, more realistic burn-victim look, which makes him at once more accessible and more horrifying. Of course, it’ll come down to the acting in the end and as we’ve already seen from a number of shows, JEH isn’t low on talent. We’ll just have to wait and see.
But while we’re on the topic, here’s
a link to our selection of non-JEH Freddy Krueger figures from NECA. They’re all awesomely detailed and you should definitely pay special attention to the newest item, a 12-inch deluxe Freddy in real fabric clothing: lift his shirt up to reveal the souls of his victims in his chest!