Everything old is new again. A Nightmare on Elm Street, the reboot of the classic 1984 horror film was a hit with moviegoers, with former child star and Oscar-nominated actor Jackie Earle Haley, 48, taking on the role of the creepy dream-stalking killer Freddy Krueger.
“I actually saw the original movie in the theater,” he tells PEOPLE, “and thought it was pretty cool. [Being in the remake] just seemed like a real gas.”
Here are five things to know about the new Freddy Krueger: