A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Collection Blu-ray Review

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And now we come to the curious case of one Fredrick Charles Krueger: pederast, serial killer and beloved boogeyman of one of the biggest horror franchises of all time. The A Nightmare on Elm Street series didn’t start the slasher movie trend, or even perfect it, but it did take it on one hell of a ride. With the release of a new Blu-ray compilation – containing the first seven films in the series – we have a new chance to look at its various highs and lows. Hit the jump for my full review.

Movie Villain Icons: The Twilight Years

by     Posted 2 years, 211 days ago

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There’s no debate that the following movie villains are some of the most iconic characters in cinema history, but what have they been up to since their days of inspiring fear and terror on-screen have long since passed? Does Star Wars’ Darth Vader spend his lonely nights lamenting his poor life decisions? Will A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddy Krueger ever hold a heartfelt conversation with someone who is actually conscious (and did he ever have to move off Elm St)? And whatever happened to The Shining’s Grady twins? Photographer Federico Chiesa and effects artist Carolina Trotta decided to explore the answers to these questions in a series of photos depicting our favorite villains in their twilight years. I’ve got to say, Friday the 13th’s Jason Vorhees is one of my all-time favorites and apparently he has really fallen on hard times. Hit the jump to see what cinema’s classic ne’er-do-wells have been up to.

Mondo Launches New Director’s Series for Wes Craven with Posters for A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and SCREAM by Alex Pardee

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Mondo is already in the middle of Director’s Series posters for Guillermo del Toro and Zack Snyder, but there’s no rule as to how many directors can have their own series.  The latest name to get his own line is Wes Craven and on Thursday, Mondo will be releasing posters for A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream.  Both posters were designed by Alex Pardee and are (unsurprisingly) impressive and eye-catching.  Mondo will also be releasing posters for Craven’s Swamp Thing, The Hills Have Eyes, and The Last House on the Left.

Hit the jump for details and pricing on the posters along with the full press release. Be sure you’re following @MondoNews for the announcement of when these go on sale.

Producer Brad Fuller Gives Updates on FRIDAY THE 13TH, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, MONSTER SQUAD, and TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

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Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller took to the Twitter machine this weekend to provide updates on Friday the 13th Part II, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2, The Monster Squad, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Despite director Marcus Nispel successfully rebooting the Friday the 13th franchise back in 2009, in April 2010 Fuller tweeted that the project was dead.  Today, Fuller tweets that screenwriters “[Damian] Shannon and [Mark] swift wrote a great script. We are ready to go, when new line is ready. But as of yet, they are not ready.”  As for Nightmare 2, Fuller says there isn’t even talk of writing a new script. That’s weird because in May 2010 there was talk of Warner Bros. green-lighting at 3D sequel and Fuller said “Freddy always has a story to tell.”  In his tweeting today, Fuller explained that studios aren’t interested in R-rated horror films and want tentpole films instead.

Hit the jump for what Fuller had to say regarding Monster Squad and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Blu-ray Review

by     Posted 4 years, 11 days ago

As a child of the 1980’s, it’s been funny to watch the majority of the entertainment of that era either sequelized or remade. Whether it’s trying to emulate John Hughes’s tone in a teen driven romantic comedy, or the Indiana Jones sequel, or the birth of comic book movies, it all feels very connected to that decade. For horror fans, it seems every major and minor title is getting the remake treatment, with Wes Craven’s classic films of the period at the top of the list. Craven’s classics Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes were already done (and reasonably well), so it was only a matter of time before someone finally got to Freddy Kruger. Platinum Dunes, the remakers behind The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror and Friday the 13th put Samuel Bayer behind the camera, and made the smart choice in giving the iconic hat, sweater and finger-knives glove to Jackie Earle Haley. Random teens (headed up by Rooney Mara) are terrorized by Kruger in their dreams for an unknown reason, which become evident in the 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, and my review of the blu-ray follows after the jump.

3D NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Sequel Gets Greenlight

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The remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street woke up to a $32.2 million opening weekend.  It’s no surprise that TheWrap is reporting that Warner Bros. has committed to telling the next chapter of Freddy Krueger in 3D.  At the junket for the film, producer Brad Fuller said that “Freddy always has a story to tell.”  Unsurprisingly, he thinks it can be told in 3D.  Telling Dread Central:

We think that 3D movies have to be designed and written as such. If Eric (Heisserer) and Wesley (Strick) came to us with a Nightmare sequel script that is for a 3D movie, we’d be fools not to make it. Using 3D for a Nightmare sequel has to work conceptually for us, though. I don’t want to shoehorn the story just so we can use 3D technology. I do really think this movie and the visual style would work well within a 3D environment, though, so you never know.

I know the answer right now: it will be in 3D.  Of course, I thought Friday the 13th Part II was a done deal, and that film is deader than a bunch of teenagers at a remote cabin in the woods.

Director Samuel Bayer, Jackie Earle Haley, Kyle Gallner and Producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form Interviewed at the Premiere of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET

by     Posted 4 years, 175 days ago

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Tuesday night was the world premiere of Platinum Dunes/Warner Bros. remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street.  The premiere was held at the famous Chinese Theater in Hollywood, and as you might have noticed with the amount of interviews I’ve been posting, I was on the red carpet.  So rather than flood the entire front page with interviews, I’ve grouped the last four into this one article.  If you hit the jump, you can check out Director Samuel Bayer, Jackie Earle Haley, Kyle Gallner and Producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form talk about being at the premiere and answering a ton of questions.

Rooney Mara Talks THE SOCIAL NETWORK at the Premiere of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET

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At the premiere of A Nightmare on Elm Street, I managed to get some time with Rooney Mara.  Since I’ve recently spoke to her at the Los Angeles press junket and at WonderCon for Nightmare, I decided to use my limited time on the carpet to talk about her next film: David Fincher’s The Social Network.

Written by Aaron Sorkin,the film is about the origins of Facebook.  Mara plays the one who breaks up with Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) and that inspires him to start the site.  During the interview she talks about her character, what it was like to work for Fincher, and how much time did she spend picking out her dress.  Hit the jump to check out the interview:

Derek Mears Talks PREDATORS, DEATH GAMES, and FRIDAY THE 13th Part 2 at the Premiere of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET

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Warner Bros. held the premiere of A Nightmare on Elm Street at the famous Chinese Theater in Hollywood last night.  While I haven’t covered a premiere in awhile, I decided to stand on the black carpet to try and land some interviews.  Thankfully, a lot of the cast and some of the filmmakers stopped to talk to me, and by tomorrow night I’ll have all of them online.

One of the first to stop was Derek Mears (resume here) and during our brief chat we talked about working for Platinum Dunes, what’s up with Friday the 13th Part 2, Comic-Con, Predators (he plays one in the upcoming film), and he told me he just signed onto Death Games alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Kellan Lutz.  Hit the jump to watch the interview:

Thomas Dekker, Rooney Mara & Kyle Gallner Interview A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET

by     Posted 4 years, 177 days ago

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As most of you know, opening this Friday is New Line/Platinum Dunes remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street.  Over the past few months we’ve been covering the movie extensively with a set report, on set interviews with Jackie Earle Haley and producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, and a few weeks ago I spoke to Katie Cassidy / Thomas Dekker and Rooney Mara / Kyle Gallner at WonderCon.

Anyway, yesterday was the Los Angeles press day for the film and I got to speak with director Samuel Bayer, producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, and I also got to speak with Thomas Dekker, Rooney Mara & Kyle Gallner in a junket setting.  Since I spoke to them a few weeks ago, I used the time to try and ask new questions.  Also, I’ve now seen the film, so I could ask more specific things.  Hit the jump to check it out.  I’ve time indexed the interview so you can watch what interests you:

Director Samuel Bayer Interview A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET

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Samuel Bayer has a long history directing music videos and commercials.  While his resume is way too long to list in this intro, some of his famous videos are Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, Blind Melon’s No Rain, almost all of Green Day’s American Idiot videos, and tons of others since 1991.  It’s really an impressive list.

Anyway, he finally made his first feature and it’s New Line’s/Platinum Dunes remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. The movie stars Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger, Rooney Mara, Kyle Gallner, Katie Cassidy, Thomas Dekker and Kellan Lutz.

To help promote the film, I sat down with Bayer earlier today to talk about his experiences directing the movie, what will be on the Blu-ray/DVD, how does he feel about directors cuts, what will he do next, and a lot more.  As always, I’ve time indexed the interview so you can watch the parts you want.  Hit the jump to check it out:

Exclusive Interview: Platinum Dunes Producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET – Plus Updates on MONSTER SQUAD, OUIJA, FRIDAY THE 13th 2, and the NIGHTMARE Blu-ray will Have a 6-Minute Alternate Ending

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Earlier today I got to sit down with Platinum Dunes producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller to talk about A Nightmare on Elm Street.  Since I’ve spoken to them many times about the movie on set and at last year’s Comic-Con, I decided to use my time asking about many things…not just what was it like to cast Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy.

During the ten minute interview we discussed box office numbers, how close were they to converting Nightmare to a 3D release, how are future projects being affected by 3D, what happened to Friday the 13th 2, what’s up with Butcherhouse Chronicles, Monster Squad and Ouija.  But the coolest thing I learned for fans of Nightmare is the Blu-ray/DVD will have a 6 minute alternate ending!

Hit the jump to watch the interview.  As always, I’ve time indexed it so you can watch the sections you care about:

5 Movie Clips and 3 TV Spots for A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET

by     Posted 4 years, 178 days ago

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With New Line Cinema’s A Nightmare on Elm Street getting released this weekend, we’ve been given 5 movie clips and 3 TV spots from the film.  If you’re trying to avoid spoilers, you probably shouldn’t watch these clips…but if you’d like a taste of what director Samuel Bayer has planned, hit the jump.  A Nightmare on Elm Street stars Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children, Watchmen) as Freddy Krueger, Rooney Mara (Urban Legend: Bloody Mary) as Nancy, Kyle Gallner (The Haunting in Connecticut) as Quentin, Katie Cassidy (Taken, Supernatural & Melrose Place) as Kris, Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) as Jesse, and Kellan Lutz (Twilight) as Dean.  Look for some exclusive interviews with the cast soon:

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Blu-ray Review

by     Posted 4 years, 179 days ago

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Freddy Krueger is defined in pop culture. He’s got the sweater, the hat, the glove, the burn victim scars, and the snark. He’s crossed over so far that people who have never seen his movies know who he is, so much so that children might dressed up as him for Halloween, or – baring that – made tape-based faux-knives on their fingers. If you’re an adult it’s hard not to have heard of the guy, unless you’re Amish or something. And because of his personality, he resonates on a level that even Michael Myers or Jason Voorhees cannot: They are defined by their masks, not their behavior (perhaps because both are usually played by stuntmen). With a remake about to be released, it’s always good to go back to the first film, the film that started it all. When Fred Krueger (Robert Englund) first terrorized a bunch of teenagers in their sleep. And my review of A Nightmare on Elm Street Blu-ray is after the jump.

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