There have been a handful of iconic monster movie crossovers over the years — Freddy vs. Jason, King Kong vs. Godzilla, Dracula vs. Frankenstein — but more interesting are the films that haven’t been made, including one pitched by director Max Landis that sounds amazing.
The Chronicle director — who’s also the son of American Werewolf in London director John Landis — revealed his movie idea to The Writer’s Panel Podcast (via Bloody Disgusting), and said he’s been trying to get it made for six years. The film would start off with a 17-year-old foster kid (whom he compares to John Boyega’s character from Attack the Block) being placed on Elm Street with the parents of Glen Lantz. The parents then poison him at dinner and he has a Freddy Krueger dream, which Landis describes as follows:
“Freddy stalks the kid… pops out… claws to the face… dead instantly. Except he’s not. Freddy can’t get his claws out of the kid’s face. All of a sudden, chains, like the movie Hellraiser, go all around Freddy… pull him up and lock him… he’s like a scarecrow.”
Landis then explains that the kid is apparently psychic, and has a vision that reveals the role the parents on Elm Street played in the Nightmare franchise. “The parents of Elm Street were like a cult,” he said. “And they sacrificed an innocent man, Fred Krueger, to summon the demon, Freddy Krueger, and then have been sacrificing their children for 30 years to this demon to become incredibly famous and powerful and wealthy. Now, they have finally gotten to the point where they are going to sacrifice the demon itself [to Pinhead].”
With the truth revealed, Freddy essentially becomes the film’s hero, and he joins forces with the psychic kid and puts together a team — since that’s what people do in crossover movies — getting Jason Voorhees and Chucky to join him in taking on Pinhead and the Cenobites. So if you’re keeping track, that’s a Nightmare on Elm Street/Hellraiser/Friday the 13th/Child’s Play crossover that Landis is trying to get off the ground. Like we said, awesome.
There’s pretty much no way the film will ever get made — there are just too many rights issues to work out, plus it’s bonkers — but it’s fun to dream, right?