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Set Visit Preview: He's Back - The Return of Freddy Krueger

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July 21, 2009

A Nightmare on Elm Street

One, two, Freddy's coming for you. Three, four, better lock your door.

Just outside of Chicago, Freddy Krueger was making his return to the silver screen. And I was there. In the dark warehouse, it felt almost like I was trapped inside one of Freddy's creations instead of merely visiting the set. The reboot machine that is Platinum Dunes has tapped the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise as the latest (and possibly last) property to retell. And this isn't going to be Robert Englund's Freddy. Nor is it going to be Wes Craven's Nightmare. Jackie Earle Haley will be donning the bladed glove in a wholly refreshed and modernized story, a new timeline altogether. But it's still very much Nightmare on Elm Street. Amidst a haze of smoke, a room engulfed in billowing flames in the distance, a basement crawling with dank fear, screams, dread -- yes, this is a nightmare.

Five, six, grab your crucifix. Seven, eight, stay up late.

"I think what I was playing before was tortured souls... I figured in this one I'd play the torturing soul," Jackie Earle Haley said when asked of his propensity to play psychologically damaged characters. After his stunning, but taxing, performances in both Little Children and Watchmen, there seemed to be a sense of cathartic relief in his voice. Even under all of that makeup -- oh, that makeup. But there's more to come on that. There's more to come on everything. This being but an appetizer before the main course of-- well, you'll see. Just know that although this Nightmare on Elm Street will surely set itself apart from the long pedigree that's come before it, its horror will remain.

As producer Brad Fuller puts it, "You fall asleep, you die. All you have to do is stay awake." But as we know, staying awake is so much easier said than done. So don't fall asleep. Try not to dream. Or else...

Nine, ten, never sleep again.

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  • Mr.Big
    Can't wait. I believe Jackie Earle Haley will do a great job.
  • Xerxex
    you know I'm all for it, Kruger used to scare me until the mindless sequels filled my life much like Hellraiser, but Jackie Earle Haley threw me one minus his awesome performance in Watchmen he was in Semi-Pro as the hippy who made the ten thousand dollar shot! So in simpler words I'm for JEH being Kruger!
  • ryderup
    Don't have a problem with Jackie Earle Haley, great actor. BUT, I don't see a need to remake this and to remove Englund. This movie will just be sad for me because its the definitive end of Engund as Freddy. Platinum Dunes and Hollywood is on a Remake-high. I would have put the NOES movie in present day, not have too many references to the past movies and make it dark/sinister BUT i would have kept Englund and would have kept it pretty much in the same timeline.
  • http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/2408/blackbabyjesus.gif Crapola
    It's such a shame Michael Jackson is gone, having him invade people's dreams would have created some of the most visually horrific images ever. Check da shamooooooooo.
  • subcelsious5g
    not to excited about it. i saw the new texas chainsaws and the new friday the 13th and they had their moments but were easily forgetable. Now i'm not on Rob Zombies jock but i think the devils rejects kinda raw aproach would give thiese movies more shock value. what the fuck happened to todays horror movies? all flash no substance. I think in the 80's their was more emphasis on story to make up for lack of effects. we got movies like , one missed call lol fuckin 13 ghosts
  • quez
    very happy 2 c those old horror films com back i love every other 1 like friday the 13th halloween and im very excited 2 c this
  • Fuelbot
    Not to be a douche, but what was the point of this article?
  • SHANEDAV
    No Robert No movie.....................
  • Fisherr
    I like Jackie as Freddy although Robert was a legend.

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