I just went through the most painful, toughest experience of my life. I’m 27, so there’s no question that I’m enormously lucky to have gone so long without enduring true pain. But I’ve gotten through it, and, frankly, something like what I’m about to post is exactly what I need to help me overcome.
Especially when it’s something that far exceeds my anticipation. Here it is, the first trailer for Samuel Bayer‘s 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, backed by those producer-hacks from Platinum Dunes; the company responsible for botching the Friday the 13th and The Hitcher remakes, as well as this January’s downright abysmal The Unborn. A Nightmare on Elm Street, however, looks pretty damn good—-the visuals are pitch-perfect, dark yet pristine; they’ve somehow managed to remix Freddy Krueger’s look/demeanor and make it look surprisingly strong; and the cast wins. There’s no living actor in the business better suited for Krueger than Jackie Earle Haley, so it’s a great call that they’ve given him some pre-burns screen time. And the guy is Oscar-nominated, so you’d think that the script and Bayer’s vision are better than average. Haley doesn’t strike me as a paycheck kinda guy. Bayer, by the way, is quite the decorated music video director, most notably with Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” to his name; Elm Street is his first feature film.
Yes, this trailer shows that the film is rehashing way too much from the original films—–the little kids playing jump-rope in slow-motion; the most-likely-will-be-a death of one character in a bedroom that looks close to Johnny Depp’s infamous send-off; and a pool party right out of Freddy’s Revenge. Impressively, though, it mostly works here.
I have a confession, though: I’m actually more excited to see Katie Cassidy than Haley. After her work in the stellar, sadly-ignored Harper’s Island and her scene-robbing turn in the new Melrose Place (a trashy bit of throwaway TV that I’m not too proud to say I enjoy), she’s ousted Olivia Thirlby as my “young actress crush.” I’m not typically into blondes, but in Cassidy’s case, hair color is inconsequential.
Nightmare on Elm Street trailer, after the jump: