In my opinion, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4: THE DREAM MASTER was always one of the better sequels in the Elm Street saga. It was when the series hit its creative peak, due to the genius directing of Renny Harlin (PRISON, DEEP BLUE SEA, DIE HARD 2), the always entertaining performance of Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger, and the addition of a fresh set of Elm Street kids. One of those kids, Kristen, was played by Tuesday Knight, who took over the role originated in A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: THE DREAM WARRIORS by Patricia Arquette. Call me crazy, but I’ve always thought that Knight did a superior job as Kristen, and though her time in the film wasn’t as long as some of the others, she added more to the character that I found to be one-dimensional in THE DREAM WARRIORS.
We recently had the opportunity to speak with Tuesday for a bit regarding the 25th anniversary of THE DREAM MASTER, the convention circuit and future projects. Read on!
Thanks for talking to us today, I’m a huge fan of THE DREAM MASTER, so I’m happy to be doing this.
Now 25 years later, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4 has remained one of the fan favorites in the series, did you anticipate it being so well received while you were making it?
Well, not really. I was aware of the first one being so good, but I didn’t expect it to be this big, I don’t think.
How did your participation in the movie come about?
They were looking for somebody to replace Patricia Arquette for Part 3, and I went on a regular audition. I came back for a call-back and met Renny Harlin, and he literally cast me right on the spot. It was really fun because I was the first one cast and he had me kinda like help with the casting of the other people. So the other people were kind of picked by me as well…so it was fun.
Did you feel a responsibility to portray the character similar to how Patricia did, or did you want Kristen in Part 4 to be your own thing?
I kind of wanted to do my own thing. I wanted to incorporate some of her stuff, like the way she looked, and acted, certain things like that…but then, I just let it go. When I went to do it, I just let it go and did it my own way, which I think I did it with a little more of an edge. I think it came out that way, because that’s me. I learned about her by watching Part 3, but then just dropped it when I went to do Part 4.
Were you a fan of the series prior to joining the film?
Oh yeah, absolutely, I was completely freaked out when I got it. I was running out of the building with joy.
What did you think of the remake?
The remake, oh the remake..didn’t care for it. There’s only one Freddy, know what I mean? He just didn’t have it.
Are you a big fan of the horror genre, and if so, have there been any films that have really stood out to you in recent years?
There’s one called DEAD SILENCE that really stood out to me. Oddly enough, Heather Langenkamp’s husband worked on the special effects on it. I liked ONE MISSED CALL . I like a lot of them, especially older ones, like THE FOG, THE HAUNTING, stuff like that.
You’ve made your east coast convention debut last year, how did that go?
It went great, I couldn’t believe it. The fans were amazing. They were so sweet and giving, very appreciative. It was great.
You’ll also be appearing at the Days of the Dead convention this coming weekend in LA, is there anything you’re looking forward to at that one?
I’m looking forward to a lot of the same fans coming out to see me, and getting the chance to see everyone again, that’ll be fun.
You sang the theme song for THE DREAM MASTER, are you still actively musically? and if so, are you working on anything in that area these days?
Yeah, I’m actually working with a Grammy award-winning songwriter named Ellen Shipley. I’m working with her on some tunes right now, and kind of starting new stuff. The last album I released, called Faith was a compilation of 20 years of music that I had done, and I’m kind of putting that stuff to rest and going forward.
You’ve been creating jewelry for many years, and your clientele has included some pretty big celebrities, how did that come about and are you still doing that as well?
I’m doing that as actively, just a few people. I started it with Lisa Wilcox (Alice from A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4 and 5). I had a toe ring thing and brought her in on it, and we became partners. It went really great, there were different people in movies that I went to, we were doing Kim Basinger, Madonna and others. The after I left that, I did my own company which is called Tuesday’s Hip Vintage, and that’s really where I had the most success with actors and stuff.
The fans seem to be smiling ear to ear at seeing you and Lisa Wilcox together again at conventions, how did that come about?
Well, we had a falling out, like friends do, and we just put it away. We just crossed that bridge, made up, and we’re great friends again. I love her, she’s really great, and we just kind of let it all go.
That’s great to hear. Do you keep in touch with anyone else from the series?
Yeah, I talk to Andras (Jones) sometimes..let’s see who else..Andras and Brooke Bundy, who played the mother, but mostly it’s Lisa that I keep the most in touch with.
What’s next for you?
I’m doing the music thing with Ellen, and I’m also producing a film right now called DELUSIONAL , which is going to be kind of my return back into the horror genre. I’m producing it and starring in it, and actually..Lisa is going to do a part in it too, so that’s going to be really cool. It’s going to have a lot of people from different horror films in it, but I’m not going to say who, it’ll be a surprise.
Awesome. Well, we’ll all be looking forward to that and anything else you have coming in the future, thanks for taking the time to talk to us today. Always appreciated.