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First Look At Freddy Krueger!

In On Film on July 22, 2009 at 6:35 pm

When they announced a remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, you could tell that Derk wasn’t happy, but he was holding out hope.  When they announced that antagonist Freddy Krueger would be recast with Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), he may have actually started frothing at the mouth and swearing loudly, resulting in an ongoing threat of a rant in Ponderous Rhetoric.

Well, much to what I’m sure will be his dismay, a new image was released today with Haley as Krueger, and he looks like…well, shit, Freddy Krueger.  Kind of a spoiler, so hit the jump.

Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger

Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger

Now, there were a lot of things wrong with Watchmen (A lot, as me and Derek both said in our reviews of it), but Earle’s Rorschach was pretty spot-on, I thought.  Sure, there were moments towards the end that didn’t make sense (The mentally unstable Rorschach was doing a few too many spin kicks at the end there!), but a lot of that movie didn’t make sense (Well, except for the opening credits).

A Nightmare On Elm Street is a franchise that I’ve not seen a whole movie of, just bits and pieces, because I’m a lazy slacker who’s only recently gotten into the horror genre.  And I get that a lot of people are upset that the role was recast, but c’mon.  Robert Englund has done a lot of great work, but he’s pushing 60, and even he acknowledges he’s getting a bit old for the role.  Haley won’t be Robert Englund, but I think he can do pretty good with this.  And when you’re rebooting/reimagining a franchise, what you need is someone who isn’t the original actor at all.  But, if there’s anything fans can pull from this image, despite it being incredibly silhouetted and teasing, it’s that the company seems to know they can’t go too far from the original material, considering that this Krueger looks a lot like the one we’ve seen before.

IMDb lists the tentative release date for the flick as April 16, 2010.  Directed by music video director Samuel Bayer, the film also stars Thomas Dekker (Heroes, Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles), Kyle Gallner (Smallville), and Clancy Brown (Highlander, The Shawshank Redemption).

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  1. Another needless fucking remake. They could re-release the original, which would cost almost nothing beyond marketing fees, and probably rake in MORE than this piece of shit will take in.

    Robert Englund is Freddy. Will always BE Freddy. This pretender can go stick something sharp and pointy up himself and spin.

    (As you may gather, I am a fan of Freddy.)

  2. I agree with you, Bonedwarf. I am hoping to do a podcast in the future on how shitty it is that Robert Englund isn’t coming back. Like you said, he IS Freddy.

  3. It’s not like it’s been a long time since he was Freddy. They can’t claim “Oh, time has passed” etc… Freddy vs Jason was only a few years ago. And he did a damn good job in that.

    I am so sick of these utterly needless, pointless and ultimately inferior remakes. It’s okay when they take a concept but spin their own version of it. I mean the Dawn of the Dead remake, all it shares in common with Romero’s version is a mall. I really enjoyed that. But Friday the 13th, Halloween etc… WHY, goddamnit, WHY?

  4. You know, I was skeptical about the new Star Trek until I actually saw Sylar (the hell is his real name? Zachary Spock Quinto, I think) play Spock. I think Star Trek is proof that a remake or a reboot CAN [sometimes] be freaking epic!

    That said, I’m a huge Nightmare On Elm Street fan. The very first one I watched was Nightmare On Elm Street Part 2 (I was about six, and it was about two years after the movie had originally come out), and that scared the hell out of me. Jackie Earle Haley is an amazing actor. If they’re able to capture the spirit of the original movies and make it fucking scary and awesome and epic, more power to them.

    Robert Englund is 62 years old. If he doesn’t want to come back and do another Nightmare movie, then that’s his prerogative. Hopefully the director can do something amazing for this movie and turn it as much into it’s own thing-yet-an homage to the original Nightmare series as the newer Star Trek movie is to the original series.

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