A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010): 10 Things You Didn’t Know

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Photo from Judy Graham’s official blog.

5. The same woman knitted Freddy’s sweaters in both the original and the remake.

There is actually one real connection between the 1984 and the 2010 versions of A Nightmare on Elm Street that gives the latter a touch of legitimacy. It turns out that the sweaters worn by Robert Englund in the original film and Jackie Earle Haley in the reboot were, in fact, knitted by the same woman, Judy Graham.

According to Graham, the producers didn’t even realize she was the one who had done the original sweater when she was hired to stitch the one used in the 2010 film. So, basically, the biggest connection between the two movies was nothing more than a stroke of luck. But at least we’ve never heard one complaint about Freddy’s sweater itself.

With talk about rebooting the Elm Street franchise once more (probably wise to hit rewind and try again), I’ve got to wonder if Graham may get the chance to knit up yet another variation of the sweater, to be donned by a third actor to pick up the Freddy Krueger moniker.

We can take or leave the hat and the slacks, but we’re always going to notice that familiar green and black sweater. How interesting it is that this is the most genuine link between the films.

Next: Not a total waste.