A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Comic-Con Presentation

     July 24, 2009

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After surprising and successful re-launches of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Friday the 13th“, Platinum Dunes heads Andrew Form and Brad Fuller are looking to pull another horror franchise out of its grave by resurrecting “A Nightmare on Elm Street”.  We were treated to the film’s trailer and along with a brief Q&A with Form, Fuller, and Freddy Krueger/Rorschach himself, Jackie Earle Haley.

Hit the jump to hear about the trailer and some of the better questions from the Q&A.

nightmare_on_elm_street_nes.gifForm and Fuller walk on stage and we’re immediately treated to the film’s trailer.  It’s clear this will be its green-band version which is slightly disappointing since I think we should get the bloody goodness of a red-band trailer.  After all, if “The Final Destination” can show a guy getting sliced up by a chain-link fence, then shouldn’t we get to see Freddy wreak a little havoc.

The trailer is still good and I was delighted to see actors Clancy Brown and Connie Britton as vengeful parents who burn Freddy alive since he, you know, molested their kids a little bit.  Michael Jackson got off light.*  Years later, their kids are now being haunted in their dreams and the interesting twist is that he’s not really killing them in their dreams so much that as he’s directing them through somnambulism to cause harm to their physical selves.  Thankfully, we still get to see the kids’ dreams and the film doesn’t run from surrealistic and phantasmagorical imagery.

After the trailer, Haley comes on stage to great applause.  When asked about his newest iconic role, he says it’s great to have played a succession of roles like “Little Children” to Rorschach and now Freddy Krueger.  Another audience member asks if this is an origin story but Form and Fuller explain that this is more of a re-launch and that Freddy’s origin is kept in the first act and then the film proceeds from there.  Then a cute girl dressed as Krueger (and yes, cute girls can murder you in your dreams as easily as boys) asks if Robert Englund, the original Freddy, will return for a cameo but the answer is no.  I hope she doesn’t walk away disappointed and ready to kill Form and Fuller in their dreams.  Later, at one point (and I can’t remember apropos of what), Haley remarks that with “Little Children” and Rorschach, he was a tortured soul but this time he gets to torture souls.

“A Nightmare on Elm Street” will start torturing souls on April 30th, 2010.

*He touched kids.  Accept it.

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