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 »
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Back in June, I has a chance to visit the set of Platinum Dunes remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street with a group of online journalists. This week we will be publishing the interviews we conducted on the set of the movie. After the jump you can read the short interview with actor Jackie Earle Haley, who plays Freddy Krueger in the film.
Haley was nominated for an Academy Award for playing a child molester in Little Children, and just appeared as a crazy mental patient in Martin Scorsese’s upcoming Shutter Island. Most readers probably know him as Rorschach in Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Watchmen. To me, Haley possesses the perfect balance of creepiness and intelligence needed for the character of Freddy.
We caught up with Haley in his trailer, after he had just undergone four and a half hours in the make-up trailer. We also got a few more words for Haley, on set, in between takes. Read the full interview after the jump.
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The other day when Peter Sarsgaard was cast as Hector Hammond, the primary villain in Green Lantern, a few evidently took this as implicit confirmation that classic Green Lantern baddie Sinestro is not in the film. That isn’t the case, and HitFix has a great rundown on what role the eventually villainous Sinestro plays in the film, and in the series overall should the first film be successful enough to warrant another. Read More »
Final Destination just hit DVD, and bundled on the disc is a short behind the scenes preview of the upcoming remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, from Platinum Dunes. The clip shows off some new footage, including the creation of Freddy Krueger’s knives, and has a few quick interview clips with Jackie Earle Haley, who plays this incarnation of the horror icon.
I’m still on the fence about this one; so much of what we’ve seen from Sam Bayer’s version of the story looks too much like a beat-by-beat regurgitation of the original, with a scant few new touches. But I love Haley, and I’d be thrilled if this turned out to be as much fun as the first and third films in the original series.
Check out the clip after the break. The quality is low, and we’ll update when a better one is available. For the time being, however, the fuzzy quality almost helps the clip; it feels like the original films did when I watched them on VHS 20 years ago. Read More »
Fox has aired this new promo trailer for Human Target starring Mark Valley (Fringe) and Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), the television series adaptation of the DC Comics Vertigo-label comic. Watch it now after the jump.
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Probably the most disappointing thing about Green Lantern is that the protracted and delayed production is going to ensure, without any doubt, that director Martin Campbell can’t be in charge of the next Bond film and turn that franchise round again (for the third time).
It’s not all bad news, though. On the plus side, a new rumour has pegged Jackie Earle Haley for the role of Sinestro in the picture. You may recall that he’s the mentor character that might just turn out to be a baddie (if they don’t save that for the sequel). The same unnamed gossipmonger has Superman down for a cameo role in the film, which sounds like a wild and unlikely idea but the character was in at least one draft of the script and since Marvel’s multi-picture mashup scheme, I wouldn’t be surprised to see DC try a similar tactic.
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Warner Bros has sent us high resolution digital files of some of the new posters and photos which premiered last week during Comic-Con. After the jump you will find the poster for the big screen supernatural comic adaptation Jonah Hex, the teaser poster for Platinum Dunes’ A Nightmare on Elm Street and the first teaser photo of Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger. Above is a cropped version of said photo, with the brightness and contrast shifted to give you a better look at Freddy’s new make-up.
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Warner Bros has released the first teaser image of Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger in Platinum Dunes’ remake/re-imagining of A Nightmare on Elm Street. Unfortunately much of Freddy’s face is hidden in shadow. You will notice that Jackie’s body is a bit smaller than Robert Englund, who played Freddy in the original Wes Craven film. You can also notice that Freddy’s ear is more like that of a real burn victim. Producer Brad Fuller says that another image will be released later this afternoon on IGN. So check back later. The image premiered on MySpace.
Discuss: From the little you’ve seen so far, what do you think of Freddy’s new look?
On Thursday June 25th, I had the oppurtunity to visit the set of Platinum Dunes’ remake/re-imagining of A Nightmare on Elm Street.
With a Comic Con panel scheduled for later this week, Warner Bros has given us the green light to post a short preview piece, giving you a no-so-detailed tease of some of the stuff we saw, and our impressions. As you must know by now, instead of writing up a boring block of text, I’ve instead opted to record a short video blog with Frosty from Collider, who also visited the Chicago set.
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