ENJOY THE MOVIES
So, I moved to Elm Street; it didn't last. But let me start at the beginning.
Last June, I took a little trip to Chicago. Just outside the city, in a large, dank warehouse, Platinum Dune's latest re-imagining of a classic horror movie was being filmed--part of it, at least. And the setting begot the proper mood. That early in the morning, it's as if I was either just coming out of a dream, or was being tricked by Freddy himself, still dreaming under his power. Either way, the journey had only just begun.
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.
It's Day 38. Just one week to go until Ruben Fleischer's horror comedy Zombieland is wrapped - under time and on budget. And today it's time to break shit. Lots of shit. Shit that took the production designers and set decorators weeks to put together. But I'm getting ahead of myself. A while back, the good people at Sony invited FS.net out to Atlanta, Georgia to spend a day on the set of Zombieland. For those of you who haven't already seen the brain-exploding trailer, this is the story of two friends: Columbus, played by Jesse Eisenberg, and Tallahassee, played by Woody Harrelson. So let's venture into Zombieland, shall we?
There's nothing quite like standing inside of the real Owl Ship. And there's nothing quite like watching Rorschach beat the crap out of inmates. And those are just two of the fond memories I had on my visit to the set of Watchmen in Vancouver, BC last October. Watching Zack Snyder direct his pack of vigilante heroes as they fight their way out of a jail is truly an unforgettable experience. And well before the first photos hit the web and well before anyone gained confidence in Zack Snyder, I was already watching it unfold right in front of my eyes. As the day wrapped up and I sat in awe watching one more scene in the jail play out, it finally struck me - this movie was going to be absolutely incredible. It would be everything Watchmen fans wanted and more and it was all thanks to the brilliance of Zack Snyder.
Last weekend I was invited down to Austin, Texas to visit the set of the new reboot of Friday the 13th. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I couldn't pass up and it ended up being one of the best set visits I've ever been on. I joined up with a few other websites and spent one hell of entertaining evening down near an over-turned bus watching the new Jason swing his machete and chase two "kids" around for hours. We've been a bit harsh previously on the cast of this film, but all of those bad memories went away when I arrived at the new and improved Camp Crystal Lake. While I'm not the biggest Friday the 13th fan out there, being able to actually step in to the action and experience it all first hand really made me realize that this new Friday the 13th is going to kick some serious ass.