New Movie News: A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
I will freely admit that when I first heard that A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) was being remade I was sick to my stomach. How many more classics are Hollywood going to fuck up before they stop??!? I basically just filed away this news in the back of my head as just another flick I’ll never see. But then I heard that Jackie Earle Haley was playing the role of Freddy Krueger and my curiosity peaked a little bit. Haley has been acting pretty steadily since 1972 (and in a few genre flicks; he was in 1991′s Dollman and 1993′s Maniac Cop 3). But of course I really enjoyed his portrayal as the borderline sociopathic hero Rorschach in 2009′s Watchmen. He arguably stole that well-made albeit uneven movie. But shit I’ve been burned before with remakes boasting great actors in lead roles (yeah I’m looking at you 2005′s Amityville Horror!!).
And then a few days ago a good friend of Anything Horror, “Nosfera2″, posted a link to a new trailer of
the ElmStreet remake. And I’ve gotta tell you that it looks pretty fucking good!! The trailer was creepy, dark, and they showed just enough of Haley’s Krueger to get you really interested. I was really impressed. I came across an article online by Rupert Pupkin who notes, “Much like the first Nightmare on Elm Street trailer the new remake looks to be sticking pretty close to the vision of Wes Craven’s original, but this time updated to contemporary standards.” Let me reiterate that last part: ”updated to contemporary standards.” This sounds like an actual remake where the spirit of the original is kept and its being updated for a contemporary audience. I’m getting a little more excited!!
And then when I looked the new Elm Street up on imdb.com and saw that the only other credits director Samuel Bayer has to his name are a bunch of music videos, my heart sank. But overall I’m keeping a pretty positive attitude about the Elm Street remake. The two trailers look pretty bad ass and it really does seem as though the film makers stuck really close to the original.
Frequent readers of this blog will know that I have a very love-hate relationship with Wes Craven. I
love Last House on the Left (1974), the original Elm Street (1984), and his New Nightmare (1994). But I really think his shitty flicks out number his home runs. What about 1986′s Deadly Friend, 1989′s Shocker, 1991′s People Under the Stairs, 1995′s Vampire in Brooklyn, and 2005′s Cursed? Those movies really suck out loud. I mention this because I’m not against remaking Elm Street because Craven is a master. Far from it. I just don’t wanna see another remake like 2009′s Friday the 13th!! But from the two trailers (I have their links listed below) this remake looks extremely promising. I’ve also posted some recent photos from the movie scattered throughout this posting.
A Nightmare on Elm Street, trailer 1
A Nightmare on Elm Street, trailer 2
Come on Mr. Bayer and the rest of the cast and crew; I really wanna be happily surprised and blown away with this remake. I think its gonna be a winner but you just never know.
As of this writing, the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street is slated to open on April 30, 2010. Keep your fingers crossed!!