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A Nightmare on Elm Street gains director

FreddyKruger.jpgThere's no surprise at the choice of director for the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, particularly as the studio behind the film are Platinum Dunes, you know the guys who have remade The Hitcher and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, yes you can see the pattern already can't you.

So is it any surprise that the director of this remake is going to be someone who has been making MTV videos? No, I didn't think so.

Samuel Bayer is the man given the task to recreate the horror franchise that made Freddy Krueger, Robert Englund and sharp fingers famous.

Bayer has made a number of high profile music videos and has become pretty sought after for such, but he's only made one short film and has a feature in production called Fiasco Heights which focuses on a hitman who teams with a failed private eye to find a missing woman and a briefcase that seems to be invaluable.

According to The Hollywood Reporter's Risky Business Blog through Coming Soon the remake is a re-imagining of the original story which will focus on the main element of the first film, Krueger haunting teenagers dreams and attacking them in their dreams which ends up killing them in real life.

Well if you ask me that sounds like a remake. What's the difference? They go on to say that the other reboots of classic horror franchises have synthesised plotlines from several films. What does that really mean? What horror films have they been referring to?

This seems to imply some sort of intelligence about the remakes, and that they are different from the first film of the franchise that they remake because they pull in so much from other films. Eh? I really don't understand that, as far as I've seen the horror remakes they've made just take the core story and remake it, there's nothing more clever or intelligent to it than that surely?



My real problem with a Nightmare on Elm St remake is that I just can't picture anyone else playing Freddy. I mean both Jason and Mike Meyers had been played by several different people so recasting them wasn't a big deal. Having Freddy played by someone other than Robert Englund just seems like a bad idea to me.

I think that's a really difficult one too. It's such an iconic character I find it hard to figure out how they could possibly replace Englund.

Jackie Earle Haley has been mentioned as a possible replacement, it's just a rumour at the moment, but he could pull it off.

I think there are actors who could do it, but it depends how they present the character. Too much towards the original and the audience won't accept it.


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