Thursday, February 25, 2010

Nightmare on Elm Street remake gets a second trailer.


To put it bluntly, this is a much better trailer than the initial teaser released in October. Granted, the picture still feels remarkably like a shot-for-shot remake, but the footage looks stylish and occasionally jolting (and the acting certainly looks superior). For the first time, we get a genuine sense of how Jackie Earle Haley walks and talks as Fred Kruger. Having said that, I do wish this had been more of a generalized reboot and less of a strict remake. I do love the one original idea teased in the first trailer, that Fred Kruger may have been an innocent man wrongly accused of molesting the children of Elm Street (perhaps caught up in the wave of 80s child sex crime-witch-hunts). But, visually, every-time I see a major shot from the original film, it just reminds me of what worked so well the first time around. I understand the trap: Make a reboot and it's just another Nightmare on Elm Street sequel (ala Friday the 13th), use the same characters but radically alter the mythology and you get Rob Zombie's Halloween. Of course, that's what you deal with when you insist on remaking incredibly popular horror franchises, as opposed to little-known cult oddities and/or bad films that could be improved. None the less, I sincerely hope this turns out closer in quality to Dawn of the Dead or Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning as opposed to Friday the 13th or The Hitcher. As always, we'll see...

Scott Mendelson

6 comments:

Byron the afro-filmviewer said...

I'm sorry but for the the TCM remakes are an epic fail for me. I won't go into it but the slickly produced stuff is really grating.

The nightmare remake looks ok. I went over the series again and while the original is still a good film, certain aspects are a little dated. here's hoping it does well!

Byron the afro-filmviewer said...

sorry I was meant to say "I'm sorry but for ME the TCM remakes are an epic fail"

Scott Mendelson said...

I know I'm the minority, but Texas Chainsaw: The Beginning is actually my favorite film in the whole franchise. It's well-acted with sympathetic characters that I gave a damn about. It's mean and unfair in regards to its violence, and it makes R Lee Ermey scarier than Leatherface. Plus, it actually keeps most of its cast alive for as long as possible, which allows for genuine tension and suspense regarding the potential for survival.

If it were an original property, it likely would have gotten the respect I feel it deserves. On it's own merits, it's a darn-good horror film.

R.L. Shaffer said...

So, while I like that trailer other than the CG Freddy coming out of the wall (it looked better when it was a simply bed sheet), I feel like every major scare in the film was just exposed. I hope that's not the case...

Anonymous said...

I am keeping my expectations exceptionally low.

I'm highly disappointed with his voice. Its no different than Rorshach in Watchmen.

"Somebody's pickin' off costumed slashers"

-Brandon

R.L. Shaffer said...

So, while I like that trailer other than the CG Freddy coming out of the wall (it looked better when it was a simply bed sheet), I feel like every major scare in the film was just exposed. I hope that's not the case...

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