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Krueger's back with "A Nightmare on Elm Street"

Freddy’s coming to get you, yet again

Review by Miv Evans

Prior to 2010, there have been seven films in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise and that’s excluding the Freddy vs Jason spin-off.  There have also been countless books, comics and a TV series.

If Warner Bros had been as numeric as Rocky this latest release would have been called Nightmare on Elm Street 8, which sounds like overkill even by Freddy’s standards and, as it also sounds like a spoof, I can see why they didn’t go for it.       

The moment this film begins we are thrust slap bang into Krueger territory with the bladed hand, the   sleep deprived victim who gets polished off and the blood curdling screams of the terrified onlookers.  And all this happens before we’ve had chance to grab our first handful of popcorn.  With such a high-octane start, it was difficult to imagine where things could go from there.  Simply put, they didn’t.   We meet each victim, Freddy suddenly appears, does his thing, and disappears.  The last sentence, by the way, is the synopsis.

It’s been a long time since Freddy Krueger first graced our screens and one would assume, with his dodgy work ethic, that someone might have gone for a little pay back and given him a few fresh scars.  Or perhaps he might have gained some extra powers?  Or extra weight?  Become charming maybe?

We really did need to see something different even if it was just to reassure us that this sequel wasn’t thrown together just so the producers could wring a few more bucks out of the Elm Street franchise.  And if the studio really couldn’t come up with some kind of twist, why didn’t they just give him a girlfriend?  A lot of women find crazy guys attractive and Freddy is nice and tall and as Rocky did all right with women even with his face bashed in then why not Freddy?

However, despite leaving everything circa 1984, the producers did make one major change and that was to replace the actor who plays Freddy.  As we never see an inch of his flesh, his face is set in stone and the little dialogue he has is digitally enhanced, how bizarre is that?  The only reason I can think of is that because everything is so same-old, same-old, the publicity department couldn’t come up with anything to put in the press release so the producers decided to recast Freddy.

That might sound a little far-fetched, but so does Nightmare on Elm Street 9, and I bet that one’s already on its way.

Release date:  30th April
Starring:  Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger
Director:  Samuel Bayer
Screenplay:  Wesley Strick, Eric Heisserer
Original screenplay:  Wes Craven
Produced by:  New Line Cinema
Distributors:  Warner Bros

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In Theatres Friday, April 30, 2010.

"A Nightmare on Elm Street" is a reinvention of the seminal 1984 horror classic that unleashed Freddy Krueger upon the nightmares of a generation of fans. Now, a new Freddy Krueger, embodied by Oscar nominee Jackie Earle Haley, is born.

Welcome to your new nightmare.

"A Nightmare on Elm Street"

Movie Production Notes

Wes Craven wrote the original "A Nightmare on Elm Street" after he became inspired by a series of newspaper articles about children who had suffered through a war and died from the power of their recurring nightmares. Released in 1984, the initial low-budget film, which starred Robert Englund as Freddy, became an international sensation for New Line Cinema--affectionately called "The House That Freddy Built"--and spawned a number of sequels. Continue reading Movie Production Notes.

Meet the Cast

Jackie Earle Haley (Freddy Krueger) has the rare distinction of being a successful child actor who, after virtually disappearing from Hollywood for 15 years, made an almost unprecedented comeback in back-to-back feature films: Steven Zaillian's "All the King's Men" and Todd Field's controversial drama "Little Children." Haley's courageous performance in the latter brought him numerous accolades, including an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He was also honored with a Screen Actors Guild Award® nomination and won Best Supporting Actor awards from several critics groups, including the New York Film Critics Circle and the Chicago Film Critics Association. Continue reading about the cast of A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Movie Trailer

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The 2010 version of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" is a contemporary re-imagining of the original horror classic.

Freddy Krueger returns in "A Nightmare on Elm Street," a contemporary re-imagining of the horror classic. A group of suburban teenagers share one common bond: they are all being stalked by Freddy Krueger, a horribly disfigured killer who hunts them in their dreams. As long as they stay awake, they can protect one another...but when they sleep, there is no escape. Donning Freddy's trademark fedora, red-and-green striped sweater, and four-bladed glove is Academy Award(R) nominee Jackie Earle Haley ("Little Children," "Watchmen").

A group of suburban teenagers share one common bond: they are all being stalked by Freddy Krueger, a horribly disfigured killer who hunts them in their dreams. As long as they stay awake, they can protect one another...but when they sleep, there is no escape.

The film is being directed by award-winning music video and commercial director Samuel Bayer (Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"), marking his feature film debut.

(New Line Cinema)

Director: Sam Bayer

Writers: Wesley Strick and Eric Heisserer

Story by Wesley Strick

Producers: Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller

Executive Producers: Robert Shaye, Michael Lynne, Mike Drake

Cast: Jackie Earle Haley, Kyle Gallner, Rooney Mara, Katie Cassidy, Thomas Dekker, Kellan Lutz

Movie Synopsis of A Nightmare on Elm Stret

Nancy, Kris, Quentin, Jesse and Dean all live on Elm Street.

At night, they're all having the same dream--of the same man, wearing a tattered red and green striped sweater, a beaten fedora half-concealing a disfigured face and a gardener's glove with knives for fingers. And they're all hearing the same frightening voice...

Nightmare on Elm Street(L-r) KATIE CASSIDY as Kris, THOMAS DEKKER as Jesse and ROONEY MARA as Nancy in New Line Cinema's horror film, "A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Peter SorelOne by one, he terrorizes them within the curved walls of their dreams, where the rules are his, and the only way out is to wake up.

But when one of their number dies a violent death, they soon realize that what happens in their dreams happens for real, and the only way to stay alive is to stay awake.

Turning to each other, the four surviving friends try to uncover how they became part of this dark fairytale, hunted by this dark man. Functioning on little to no sleep, they struggle to understand why them, why now, and what their parents aren't telling them.

Buried in their past is a debt that has just come due, and to save themselves, they will have to plunge themselves into the mind of the most twisted nightmare of all... Freddy Krueger.

oto Courtesy of New Line Cinema.

New Line Cinema presents a Platinum Dunes Production, "A Nightmare on Elm Street," a contemporary re-imagining of the seminal horror classic, starring Academy Award® nominee Jackie Earle Haley ("Little Children," "Watchmen") as Freddy Krueger. The film is directed by award-winning music video and commercial director Samuel Bayer (Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"), marking his feature film directorial debut.

An ensemble of young actors play the teenagers now taking on Freddy Krueger, led by Rooney Mara ("Urban Legend: Bloody Mary") as Nancy, Kyle Gallner ("The Haunting in Connecticut") as Quentin, Katie Cassidy ("Taken," TV's "Supernatural" & "Melrose Place") as Kris, Thomas Dekker ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles") as Jesse, and Kellan Lutz ("Twilight," "The Twilight Saga: New Moon") as Dean.
The parents of the Elm Street kids are played by Clancy Brown ("Highlander," "The Shawshank Redemption"), Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights"), and Lia D. Mortensen.

Bayer directed "A Nightmare on Elm Street" from a screenplay by Wesley Strick and Eric Heisserer, story by Strick. "A Nightmare on Elm Street" is based on characters created by Wes Craven in the 1984 sleeper horror hit of the same name. That film went on to become one of the horror genre's longest-running, most successful and innovative film series.

(L-r) KYLE GALLNER as Quentin and THOMAS DEKKER as Jesse in New Line Cinema's horror film, "A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Courtesy of New Line Cinema.

The film is produced by Platinum Dunes' Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, whose company has enjoyed tremendous success with a host of re-imagined horror franchises, including "Friday the 13th," "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," and "The Amityville Horror." The executive producers are Mike Drake, Robert Shaye, Michael Lynne, Richard Brener, Walter Hamada and Dave Neustadter, with John Rickard serving as co-producer.

The behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Jeff Cutter ("Orphan"), production designer Patrick Lumb ("Valkyrie," "The Omen"), editor Glen Scantlebury ("Transformers," "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"), costume designer Mari-An Ceo ("Friday the 13th," "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning"), visual effects supervisor Sean Faden ("The Amityville Horror"), special makeup effects artist Andrew Clement ("Star Trek," "Cloverfield"), and special effects coordinator John Milinac ("Friday the 13th," "The Amityville Horror"). The music is by Steve Jablonsky (the "Transformers" movies, "Friday the 13th).

"A Nightmare on Elm Street" is being distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
The film has been rated R by the MPAA for strong bloody horror violence, disturbing images, terror and language.

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