A Nightmare On Elm Street

Samuel Bayer’s A Nightmare on Elm Street is finally in theaters everywhere today. Personally, my enthusiasm for the project has waxed and waned over the years. I was wary when I first heard at Comic-Con that the project was under way, but when I had the chance to chat with the director a few weeks ago, I found myself getting more upbeat about the movie’s prospects. Here’s a guy who’s been responsible for some of the most iconic music video imagery in the past two decades, tackling a franchise rife with creative possibilities. Surely, he’d be able to wring some memorable filmmaking out of it, right?

So, did Bayer succeed? Hit the jump for some of my thoughts, and feel free to leave your own in the comments. Spoilers are allowed after this point.

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A Nightmare On Elm Street

There’s a joke at the center of A Nightmare on Elm Street, a very simple one, that would be hilarious if it wasn’t so damning. The joke is that a film about kids desperately trying to stay awake is so incredibly good at putting me to sleep.

A hybrid re-imagining and remake of Wes Craven‘s 1984 original, this Nightmare feels like it has been glued together out of ill-fitting parts. A shot for shot sequence remake here, characters mixed and matched there, and a Freddy Krueger that is far more vile than the original, yet significantly less interesting to watch. You’d think those two aspects might correspond. A more realistic, disgusting Krueger should be less overtly entertaining than Robert Englund’s version, which worked one-liners for over a decade. That’s part of it, but the one-liners aren’t actually gone, while the grim approach isn’t more frightening.

In the hands of director Samuel Bayer, multiple screenwriters and Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes, this is a would-be serious horror film with nothing to say, and no imagination to fall back on. Read More »

A Nightmare On Elm Street SAMUEL BAYER

While a lot of filmmakers are jumping at the opportunity to convert their films into 3D, Samuel Bayer, the director of Platinum Dunes’ remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, fought against the idea.

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Iron Man 2

Okay, so we took a day off from the Poster round-up and it seems like the one-sheets have really stacked up fast. Today we bring you two Iron Man 2 IMAX movie posters, the one-sheet for The Disappearance of Alice Creed, A Nightmare on Elm Street Motion Poster, an Italian one-sheet for Despicable Me, Ken Loach’s Looking for Eric, and posters/promo images for two television shows: True Blood and Lost. Check them out now, after the jump.

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A Nightmare On Elm Street

Warner Bros/New Line Cinema has released the official production notes and 18 final high resolution production photos from Samuel Bayer’s reamke of A Nightmare on Elm Street. Hit the jump to check them out now.

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Robin Hood

A couple new clips hit the web today, including a nightmare sequence from Samuel Bayer‘s remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street and one-minute of a battle sequence from Ridley Scott‘s Robin Hood. Watch both now, after the jump.

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Burger King: Chucky

Dubai-based advertising agency Tonic were asked to communicate that Burger King stays open until the wee hours of the morning, and the resulting advertising features some of horror’s favorite villains.

Thomas and Kris came up with the following campaign showing the villains of the night that we know all to well, enjoying their favourite meal after a umm night out. The ads were shot in South Africa and Dubai by French photographer Ben Dauchez and retouched by Thomas himself. A job well done! The series comprises of four ads which will run in press and outdoor.

Above you can see Chucky from the Child’s Play movies. Check out some of the other ads in the campaign, featuring Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street, Jason from Friday the 13th and Ghostface from Scream.

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The Karate Kid

At ShoWest, there are a lot of standees fr upcoming movies on display, some of which have not ever been seen before, and others that were made specifically for the show. I’ve included a small collection of photos of some of the standees I found more interesting, or had not yet been featured online. Films include Toy Story 3, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Karate Kid, and Kick-Ass. Please note that Karate Kid photos were snapped while still in construction, as the film premieres at ShoWest tomorrow.

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New Banner: A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Warner Bros has released a new theatrical banner for Samuel Bayer‘s remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. Check it out in full, after the jump.

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