A Nightmare on Elm Street

I recently had the opportunity to chat extensively with director Samuel Bayer, who’s directing the upcoming remake for A Nightmare on Elm Street. We’ll have the full audio and text of the interview up on the site tomorrow, so be sure check back for that. In the meantime, I can reveal that he’s explicitly stated that even if the Elm Street remake performs well, he won’t be returning to the director’s chair for any sequels that may arise. Instead, he might be focusing his energies on a potential comic-book adaptation. Hit the jump for some more details, straight from the horse’s mouth.
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A Nightmare on Elm Street Movie Trailer #2


Warner Bros/New Line Cinema has released a new movie trailer for Samuel Bayer‘s remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. The new trailer gives us a much better sense of the film than the teaser trailer. We finally get a better look at the look and style of the nightmare sequences, and we also hear a lot more from Jack­ie Ear­le Ha­ley as Freddy Krueger, although we still don’t get a good look at his face. I appears they are trying to reveal as little of Freddy as possible, to make him more mysterious. I wonder if this is just a marketing strategy, or if the film hides the character in the shadows until the end of the second act? Having seen Jackie in full head make-up on set, I will tell you — he was terrifying to look at. It is also very strange watching Jackie Earle Haley in this trailer after returning home from a screening of Jason Reitman’s presentation of Breaking Away at the New Beverly Cinema, in which Haley appears as a young teenager.

I’ll be honest — I’m really not sure what to think about the voice Jackie used for the character. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad they are making Freddy scary again — I always found it sad that the character devolves into an R-rated Looney Toons character in the later installments of the original series. Despite my hesitations (the recorded video on the laptop, some of the dialogue and performances of the co-star teenagers), I’m looking forward to this remake more than any of the other films Platinum Dunes has released thus far.

Watch the trailer now, embedded after the jump. I want to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
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A Nightmare on Elm Street

You may have noticed that on Monday we published our set visit report for Samuel Bayer‘s remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. You will also see on set interviews with the cast and crew of the film throughout the week. The reason we’re running everything this week is because this is the week our embargo broke. And it seems to time nicely with Warner Bros’ next phase of the film’s marketing release, as a new poster has just been revealed, and a new trailer will hit later this week. Did I mention that we also have four new photos from the film? All this and more, after the jump.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street Teaser Trailer


The teaser trailer for the new version of A Nightmare on Elm Street has finally been released, and it shows off Jackie Earle Haley in all his pre- and post-burn glory as the new Freddy Krueger. Read More »


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Filming on the new A Nightmare on Elm Street wrapped two weeks ago, but for the throbbing crowds at Comic Con, the makers of the film cut together some trailer-like footage, shown today in Hall H. Hit the jump for a description of some of the footage, and some details about the new film.
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Set Visit Preview: A Nightmare on Elm Street

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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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The gory image above is our first clear look at Laurie Strode, once again played by actress Scout Taylor-Compton, in H2: Halloween 2. Nice chipped teeth, eh? As you’ll recall, Strode is the (formerly) estranged sister of slasher Michael Myers, and according to horror visionaire Rob Zombie, “let’s just say this is the best part of her stay [at the hospital]. The worst is yet to come.” It will be interesting to see how Zombie’s sequel deviates from the original underrated 1981 follow-up, which was co-written and ghost-edited by The Shape’s creator, John Carpenter, and also set partially in a hospital to creepy effect. On his blog, Zombie has ended speculation about actor Malcolm McDowell reprising the pivotal character, Dr. Loomis, confirming that “he’s back and ready to deal with Big Mike.”As we’ve mentioned, H2 is due with the quickness this August and is now shooting in the state of Georgia.

After the jump: Hunter’s lengthy rant on the complete disappoinment and failure that was Marcus Nispel’s Friday the 13th, and Platinum Dunes’ annoying reign over horror icons vs. Rob Zombie’s polarizing Halloween and interpretation of Michael Myers. No friggin’ contest!

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Samuel Bayer to Direct Nightmare on Elm Street Remake

Music video and commercial director Samuel Bayer has been hired by Platinum Dunes to direct the remake of Nightmare on Elm Street, according to RiskyBiz. Bayer got his start directing music videos when Nirvana, according to legend, hired him to direct Smells Like Teen Spirit because his test reel was the worst one that the band had seen. As you know, the resulting video is considered a landmark music video which has consistently rated as one of the most influential music videos ever made. Bayer went on to helm some of the seminal alternative music videos of the 1990’s.

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Scarlett Johansson Goes On a Diamond Heist

ScarlettScarlett Johansson is going to reteam with music video director Samuel Bayer (Justin Timberlake’s “What Goes Around…Comes Around”) to make a heist film.

“It’s called ‘Brilliance’ and it’s about diamond thieves, and we start shooting this winter. So many things came together in all the right ways. It really was a case of ‘what goes around, comes around.’ In a good way,” Bayer told MTV. “Scarlett is one of the sexiest actresses around,” Bayer told MTV News. “And she can just become her characters. Look at what she did during the Corvette scene, which a lot of people won’t catch. She was shooting that on a green screen, and right before we were rolling, she was laughing. We start, and she’s crying. It was just unbelievable. It’s stuff like that which makes you know someone’s a star.”

I like a heist movie more than the next guy. Heck, I even loved the Great Muppet Caper (and some would say that you really must try hard to like that film). I must admit, like most of America I was really into Johansson. But for me the magic has begun to wear off. I’m not exactly sure why. If you compare the Lost in Translation Scarlett to the Nanny Diaries Scarlett, you will see a huge difference. The sexy magic has started to fade (yes, I did just write “sexy magic”). Also take note that the photo above is from the former era. Anyone agree or disagree?

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