Nightmare on Elm Street reshoots
There's a bit of a ruckus online in some places about the news that there's reshoots on A Nightmare on Elm Street, some saying it doesn't matter, some saying it's terrible news, some saying it's now standard practice for Platinum Dunes the studio behind the film.
Looking back at previous stories about reshoots on other films, historically it's not a good thing when it comes to remakes and horror films. It's also not good news when it comes on the back of test screenings and the reshoots are because of what the audience have said after watching it.
In general though it doesn't necessarily mean a bad thing, but bringing in the fact that the film has been shown in a test screening and the changes are being made on the back of what that small, limited audience have said, it doesn't bode well.
We can all bring up examples of films that have had reshoots and turned out well, and we can certainly bring out examples of films that have had reshoots that have failed, but looking at the fact that this is a horror remake, it's gone to test screening, and the changes are being made for that audience reaction, the odds are stacked against it.
Apparently after the test screening the response was not so good, something we're hearing about on the Interflab just now, and opinions are split on the final piece of work.
Whatever the reason SpoilerTV through CHUD and ShockTillYouDrop have the story that the studio have decided to reshoot some scenes, or rather add some new scenes in, including adding in some new ancillary characters. Now to me that sounds even worse. The fact that something was completely missing from the first showing that they needed to add new elements into the story is a little bit of a step up from having to simply reshoot some scenes for dialogue, effect, or whatever reason.
I'm not trying to dish negativity on the film, after all these reshoots might turn out to be good, there appears to be something wrong or missing from the film that needs to be fixed, it's just that this sounds like a fair bit of an alteration than just a tweak or two.
What do you think? Are reshoots so bad? Is there really any reason to be concerned?