Director Samuel Bayer Interview A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET

     April 26, 2010

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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:

Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street movie.jpgAnd for more Nightmare coverage, here’s 5 movie clips and here’s my interview with Platinum Dunes producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form.

Samuel Bayer

  • What has directing his first movie been like
  • 1:00 – How he had his hand on all the little things in the movie like how the blood was splattered on Thomas Dekker’s t-shirt
  • 2:15 – We talk about the supermarket scene – how it cuts back and forth between the dream and the real world
  • 3:40 – Deleted scenes talk
  • 4:50 – Is he a fan of directors cut and will the deleted scenes be put back in the movie or will it be a separate section of the DVD/Blu-ray
  • 6:00 – How much footage will be on the DVD – talks about the alternative ending and why they re-did it.  Says there is 10 or 15 minutes of footage that didn’t make the theaters that will be on the home video release
  • 6:45 – What is it like for him seeing all the Nightmare billboards everywhere in Los Angeles
  • 7:15 – Rumors about The Boys.  After spending a year on this film, has it changed what he might do for his next project as it’s a huge time commitment
  • 8:15 – What did he take away from making videos and Nightmare that he might be able to apply to his next film – also talks about how videos are a dying artform
  • 10 – What does he think might be his next project – talks about comic books and how Hollywood is just scratching the surface with some of the more subversive comics
  • 11:30 – lesser budget = more creative freedom


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