Chucky got a lot of positive reviews, which made many people think that a Nightmare On Elm Street series could be a great candidate for the same treatment. Nevertheless, that would be a terrible mistake for the series, and we are about to find out why.
In fact, Scream is set to get a reboot in 2022, but the same cannot be said of Nightmare On Elm Street. A 2010 remake by Samuel Bayer bombed, and Craven, the franchise's creator, passed on in 2015.
These two events left the series without a very apparent future. In fact, there was no plan to revive the franchise until Child's Play spinoff, Chucky, came along.
Nightmare On Elm Street started in 1984, and over the years, it has undergone many reinventions, including several sequels, a 1994 reboot, and even a TV show.
Generally, fans think Freddy would benefit from a small-screen return soon, just like Chucky.
Unfortunately, there are a couple of reasons a spinoff based on Nightmare On Elm Street might not enjoy as much success as Chucky.
For starters, Chucky has a more playful tone to it, which made it perfect horror for television, where projects have to work with a lower budget. Nightmare On Elm Street requires a more ambitious budget.
In any case, people are not thrilled that Freddy has been portrayed as a comedic character in the latest sequels, which many see as a bad sign for the franchise's future.
In contrast, Chucky got more fans by having a little more humor. This has made it more suited to television.
Nightmare On Elm Street has a more serious and dramatic feel, and Freddy is without a doubt more himself when he is scary and less comically inclined.
Child's Play Is Lighthearted, Nightmare On Elm Street Is Not
The Child's Play franchise has always been about a killer doll, not a child killer. Chucky was a witty and self-aware villain, and it was easy to make the role more comedic.
On the other hand, Freddy Krueger is considered a terrifying character without a sense of humor. That is why many fans of the franchise were confused when he was turned into an anti-villain with witty one-liners.
Freddy's appeal lay in the fact that he was serious and scary. Chucky, however, had the freedom to be silly, funny, and self-deprecating while also looking like a convincing villain to fans of the franchise.
Comedy Is Received Differently By The Two Franchises
Starting with Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, comedy was injected into the story, and people thought this was a step in the wrong direction. Freddy could no longer be taken seriously, which was a huge part of his character.
In contrast, when Chucky was made funnier, it made the story better and earned the remake critical acclaim. In Freddy's case, the same attempt made the franchise seem desperate.
There Has Already Been Attempts To Save Nightmare On Elm Street
There was an attempt of sorts to rescue Nightmare On Elm Street from its many woes. That is why in 2003's Freddy Vs. Jason Ronny Yu was brought in to direct the film. Yu is the director of Bride of Chucky.
The agenda here was to obviously give the franchise the same kind of feel as the Chucky sequel.
While that worked out great and the film turned into a box office success, the humorous tone introduced into the film did not change that the two characters, Freddy and Jason, are associated with more serious tones.
Chucky Is More Creatively Consistent
Besides the 2019 remake, Chucky has always enjoyed a good reception from both fans and critics, which might be because Don Mancini has always been behind the project.
Nightmare On Elm Street has not enjoyed the same level of consistency. After Wes Craven created it, it has also experienced alterations and modifications in the hands of Rachel Talalay, Renny Harlin, Stephen Hopkins, Frank Darabont, and many other writers and directors over time.
At one point, Craven talked about how much he didn't like a Nightmare On Elm Street sequel because it changed the original story too much. Strangely, this happens to be the best sequel in the franchise.
In short, Freddy has no consistent story arc, which clearly indicates that a spinoff would not be of many benefits to the story.