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If there was a straight shot from first-timer helmer to director jail, it might look a lot like the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. Offering nothing that Wes Craven’s original didn’t deliver, and mistaking grave, put-on seriousness for import, the film was not the best debut for music video director Samuel Bayer.

Now Mr. Bayer is working on possible follow-up projects, and he’s attached to Tumor, which would adapt the graphic novel / Kindle comic by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Noel Tuazon. Read More »

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Platinum Dunes A Nightmare on Elm Street remake “killed” (pun intended) at the box office this weekend, taking in over $32.9 million domestically in its first outing. This is the biggest opening for the Nightmare series, and the largest horror opening for the months of both May and April. Apparently this was enough to get Warner Bros/New Line to commit to a 3D sequel.

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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.

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Brad Fuller isn’t the only member of the A Nightmare on Elm Street team talking about future projects. Director Samuel Bayer has been linked (or hopes to be linked) to an adaptation of the Garth Ennis comic series The Boys. But now he’s saying that he might not have the job, as the current favorite to direct is Anchorman and Step Brothers helmer Adam McKay. Holy directorial shift! 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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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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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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I’ll be honest and say that when I first heard a music video director would be doing a remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, one of the most beloved horror franchises of all time, I wasn’t too crazy about the idea. Sure, we’ve seen brilliant music video directors such as Fincher and Jonze go on to have very successful film careers, but just as often, we get overstylized filmmaking with no sense of how to make a 90-minute film cohere as a whole.

Then I read up a little bit more on director Samuel Bayer and I realized that the man has helped to define a generation of music videos, creating some of the most iconic images of all time. His music videos are stylish, visually interesting, bold, and unique. His commercials are attention-grabbing and beautifully shot and edited. If there are music video directors out there that can successfully make the transition into feature directing, Sam Bayer certainly has the potential to do so.

I had the chance to chat with Mr. Bayer for a lengthy interview. We discussed the making of his favorite music videos, what other movies he’s tried to direct over the years, why he’s remaking Nightmare, what he hopes to accomplish with his new take on Wes Craven’s classic, his next planned projects, and the legacy he hopes to leave behind. You can read the interview after the jump or download the interview via the /Filmcast below. A Nightmare on Elm Street is out in theaters on April 30, 2010.

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Samuel Bayer, thanks so much for speaking with us today at Slashfilm.com.

Thank you.

So, a lot of our listeners might know that you are going to be directing the new ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ film, but they might not know your music video work. I’m wondering if you could just talk a little bit about your career over the last 20 years, and how you got your start working in music videos.

Yeah, I was actually a painter, living in New York, and– this is back quite a few years ago– and to make ends meet, I worked on music video sets to make money. And this was back in the heyday of MTV, and music videos were very exciting, and this was when Fincher was doing stuff, and Michael Bay was doing commercial videos. And I don’t know, I just got it under my skin and got the idea that I could do videos, and moved out to Los Angeles in 1991, and knew somebody at a record company, and took them out to lunch, and bought lunch for them and didn’t buy it for myself. And when the person asked why I wasn’t eating any food and I said, “Because I can’t afford to eat, but I can afford to buy you lunch, and how about a job?” And so she gave me a music video to direct, and it was Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” That was the first thing I ever directed, and hopefully kids today remember what that is, and that started my career.
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