While every Freddy Krueger fan will tell you that Robert Englund is the one and true Freddy - with every new trailer Jackie Earle Haley is looking to give him a run for his money. With taking out a bit of the 'funny' portion of Freddy's personality and replacing it with pure evil I think they may be on to something. Sure, Freddy has always been a 'funny' on screen demonic serial killer that infects everyone in their dreams but why was he burned alive in the first place? He killed children. He wasn't just your run of the mill serial killer he blatantly went out and only killed children.
That's the one thing I truly felt that the NOES always needed in many of the middle to later films - a true dark feel to it. We're watching a horror movie about a serial killer that kills children who comes back to life through dreams as a half-demon to kill more. With that as the premise the entire 'comedy' aspect is far too slapstick to feel that it fits with some of the plot elements. I'm excited to see where an all dark version of NOES goes and hope it lives up to fanbase's expectations.