Screen Junkies » A Nightmare On Elm Street remake http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 13 Nov 2014 23:05:37 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 9 Of The Worst Horror Movie Remakes http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-of-the-worst-horror-movie-remakes/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-of-the-worst-horror-movie-remakes/#comments Thu, 13 Oct 2011 21:31:14 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=232377 You're better off with the originals.

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Over the past decade, there have been an endless string of horror movie remakes parading through theaters. Though some have surprised us and actually improved upon the original versions, others have been lifeless hacks.

This weekend sees a “prequel” to one of the best horror films ever made coming to theaters. The Thing (an excellent remake itself) is a classic, and though the new film isn’t technically a remake, early reviews are pointing to the fact that it pretty much is. Does it belong on a list of worst horror remakes? We’ll hold judgment until we see it for ourselves. But in the meantime, we can steer you away from these insultingly-bad horror remakes that failed to live up to their predecessors.

A Nightmare On Elm Street

While this was in production, we were promised a gritty re-imaging of Elm Street. The promotional materials promised us everything every fan always wanted — more focus on Freddy’s back story. However, what we got didn’t deliver on any of those promises. Instead, it was mostly a lame retread of scenes we saw in the original re-imagined to include vlogs and other already-dated modern trends. This film showed the most promise when it focused on the scenes that questioned whether or not Krueger was innocent before his execution. But in the end, all of that was squandered to make way for more dumb jokes and toothless scares.

The Amityville Horror

The back story gets re-imagined here to disastrous effect. Ryan Reynolds stars as a dad who goes all Shining on his family after moving into a house that was once used to torture Indians. More time should have been spent on making he house actually scary rather than showing off the cast’s stomach muscles. Though those were nice too.

The Fog

This remake of John Carpenter‘s awesome pirate ghost story was more concerned with having a pumped up, poppy soundtrack than it was with turning in any genuine scares. In Carpenter’s original, you could hear undead pirates ripping the skin off an elderly babysitter as if it were fabric. Here you only hear Fall Out Boy.

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‘Girls Don’t Always Fall Down’: Our Wes Craven Interview http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/girls-don%e2%80%99t-always-fall-down-an-interview-with-wes-craven/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/girls-don%e2%80%99t-always-fall-down-an-interview-with-wes-craven/#comments Thu, 29 Sep 2011 15:49:05 +0000 Gabriel O'Friday http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=230521 Wes Craven's talks about remakes, 'Scream 4', and strong female characters.

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Since he debuted with The Last House on the Left in 1972, writer / director / producer Wes Craven has developed into an undeniable icon of the horror film genre. A Nightmare on Elm Street, with its razor-gloved villain, Freddy Krueger, truly redefined what the slasher flick could be. In between the Elm Street franchise and his current juggernaut, the Scream franchise, Craven has dotted the horror landscape with such gems as The Serpent and the Rainbow and The People Under the Stairs.

Scream 4, his latest directorial effort, hits Blu-Ray and DVD next week. While promoting the release, the horror master recently took some time out of his busy schedule to talk with our writer Gabriel O’Friday about his films, his career and more.

Gabriel O’Friday: Thank you for taking the time to do this interview, Wes. I really appreciate it.

Wes Craven: You’re welcome. Happy to do it.

GO: With the upcoming release of Scream 4 on Blu-Ray and DVD, you have really come a long way with the franchise. When you first began work on the original Scream film, did you ever envision it becoming what it is today, in the same way that A Nightmare on Elm Street took off?

WC: At first and even about halfway through Scream, I just thought it was a one-off. Typically when making a film, you just have your head down, and you are working away, and you don’t really think about sequels. You are just so focused on getting the first one right, that you really can’t afford to be thinking about anything beyond that initial goal. Then as we neared completion of the film, and then after we saw the finished product, we were really blown away. It wasn’t until most of the hard work was behind us that we realized we could have something on our hands here.

GO: When I was younger, I watched A Nightmare on Elm Street, and I couldn’t sleep for weeks for fear of Freddy Krueger coming after me in my dreams. That element really sets Freddy apart from the other slasher flick villains. How did you develop that concept of the nightmare stalking character?

WC: Well, it all goes back to a story I read in the newspaper years ago about this kid who was frightened about going to sleep, because he thought something bad was going to happen if he did. And apparently he kept himself awake for a few days, and then finally he fell asleep, and sure enough he died. The story shook me, and that story planted the seed in my mind for what would become the character of Freddy Krueger.

GO: Many of your films, including one of my favorites, New Nightmare, deal with life imitating art. In the case of Scream, the idea of horror movie “rules” and the concept of films within the film adds much more depth than the typical slasher movie. Do you usually set out to add some sort of philosophical or social commentary to your work, to give it an edge over other films of the genre?

WC: Well, the way that story line developed in terms of New Nightmare was basically the studio wanted another film after The Final Nightmare, but we couldn’t really figure out what to do. There was really no coherent story. Then I got to talking to Robert Englund and Heather Langenkamp, and I realized how these films had really shaped all of our lives off of the set. That with the fact that the film industry was fighting censorship issues at the time, and the idea for that film just blossomed out of that. As far as the concept of touching on social issues in my films, I find an effective method for horror is to take very real things and to take real fears and to put a face on them in the form of the movie villains.

GO: Also in New Nightmare, playing yourself, you put forth the concept that the only way to destroy Freddy is by capturing his essence in a work of art, in other words, by making another movie about him. This strikes me as particularly interesting, because as a writer, I feel a connection to the concept of finding catharsis through placing personal demons and fears onto the printed page. Does this idea tap into your own creative process?

WC: Well, you have to put yourself in very dark place to write this sort of thing. I mean, it’s really trying to find the darkest stuff you can come up with and, as in the Scream films, having to put yourself in the place of a killer to really make it effective. And in order to do that, yes, I think you have to use your own fears in order to make it as real and as terrifying as possible.

GO: Several of your films, such as Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, and A Nightmare on Elm Street, have been remade in recent years. You produced Last House and The Hills Have Eyes remakes, so you were obviously on board with those projects. But how do you generally feel after the first viewing of films in which others have taken your work and put their own creative spin on it?

WC: With Last House and Hills, I think the filmmakers really did a great job, and I was very proud of what was accomplished on those. But then there is a secondary feeling in which you are concerned about the original films getting buried and losing their uniqueness.

GO: So would you say you are worried about people associating those titles with the remakes instead of the original films?

WC: Sure, that’s one possible fear, but more I think you are worried about losing the uniqueness of something that up until that point was solely associated with your work. Of course, we had much different budgets, so there will be those who compare them in that light, but I think they stand up pretty well next to each other.

GO: Ingmar Bergman seems to be an influence on your career, as Last House on the Left was based on his film, The Virgin Spring. And there are aspects of New Nightmare that are reminiscent of the identity crises faced by the lead characters in Bergman’s Persona. Specifically I mean the scene in which Langenkamp and Saxon begin to lose track of where their characters end and their actual selves begin. First of all, am I on the right track with the weight of his influence on your work, and what other filmmakers have influenced you?

WC: Yes, certainly Bergman and a lot of the European filmmakers of the 50’s were enormous influences on my career. Of course, I was forbidden by my church to see films growing up, so when I discovered Bunuel, Truffaut and Fellini among others, I was inspired to drop everything and go into film. Polanski is another director whose films had a profound effect on me early on.

GO: Just off the top of your head, what are a few of your favorite films of all time?

WC: Getting back to Polanski, Repulsion and The Tenant were two films that had a big impact on me when I first saw them. The Exorcist and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre are some of the really gritty horror films that impacted me. Of course before I got to know some of the guys who made these films, I thought they must be really screwed up for making movies like this. Now I suppose that’s what people think about me.

GO: Speaking of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, that is a film with a lead character who is female. You cast females in empowering lead roles in films like A Nightmare on Elm Street. Would you say that was a conscious decision on your part, in which you decided beforehand, or do things just sort of work themselves out that way during the creative process?

WC: There’s a story to that. When I made Swamp Thing, my daughter was watching it with me, and I had a scene where a female character was running away, and as in all such situations in horror movies, she stumbled and fell. My daughter turned to me and said, “Dad, girls don’t always fall down.” This made me realize I had fallen into the old horror cliché of the girl running from the villain and tripping on a rock or some other debris. I didn’t really care for that, so it got me thinking about taking it in the other direction and creating some strong female characters. I certainly did that with A Nightmare on Elm Street, and then of course we got to revisit that again in the Scream films with Neve Campbell and some of the other female characters.

GO: I like that. “Girls don’t always fall down.” You should have a female character declare that in one of your films.

WC: That’s right. Sometimes the girls are the strong ones, and it’s the guys who need the girls to help them up.

GO: Wes, thanks again for your time. It’s been great talking to you today.

WC: Thank you. It’s been a pleasure.

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Freddy’s So Proud of That Glove in New ‘Elm Street’ Clip http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/freddys-so-proud-of-that-glove-in-new-elm-street-clip/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/freddys-so-proud-of-that-glove-in-new-elm-street-clip/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Well, whoop-tee-doo!!! This new clip from A Nightmare On Elm Street gives us a better look at the "micro-naps" introduced in the previous trailer. They occur when the insomniac has been awake for 70 hours, forcing them to dream without falling asleep. I gotta say the device is used to nice effect here, fading between the drug store and the boiler room as Freddy Krueger menaces his victim. Speaking of Krueger, we get a pretty good look at him too. But enough with the glove already. Always scraping the blades against pipes or clanking them together. We get it, dude. You're the "glove guy." It's your thing. Such a show-off with your fancy toys. And stop playing with your iPad when I'm trying to talk to you! (Yahoo)Don't sleep on this clip after the jump...

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Well, whoop-tee-doo!!!

This new clip from A Nightmare On Elm Street gives us a better look at the "micro-naps" introduced in the previous trailer. They occur when the insomniac has been awake for 70 hours, forcing them to dream without falling asleep. I gotta say the device is used to nice effect here, fading between the drug store and the boiler room as Freddy Krueger menaces his victim.

Speaking of Krueger, we get a pretty good look at him too. But enough with the glove already. Always scraping the blades against pipes or clanking them together. We get it, dude. You’re the "glove guy." It’s your thing. Such a show-off with your fancy toys. And stop playing with your iPad when I’m trying to talk to you! (Yahoo)

Don’t sleep on this clip after the jump…

 

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Brad Fuller Talks ‘Elm Street’, Future of Platinum Dunes http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/brad-fuller-talks-elm-street-future-of-platinum-dunes/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/brad-fuller-talks-elm-street-future-of-platinum-dunes/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form have cultivated a career remaking horror films under the tutelage of Michael Bay. Remaking a film beloved by fans is always a risky maneuver, unless it's an all-child version of Scarface. Platinum Dunes has drawn the ire of fan boys and horror zealots with their take on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th. They're next effort, A Nightmare on Elm Street, is already being maligned. With that in mind they've decided to change their game by stepping away from ruining childhoods and move into ruining graphic novels. Fuller tells Dread Central:"The studio has decided to move forward and look for new types of material, which is how we got involved with Existence 2.0. I love action-y type material, and these graphic novels had that feel to them. Our writers are currently working on the script for that project.”Does that mean they are done with horror entirely? More after the jump.

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Producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form have cultivated a career remaking horror films under the tutelage of Michael Bay. Remaking a film beloved by fans is always a risky maneuver, unless it’s an all-child version of Scarface. Platinum Dunes has drawn the ire of fan boys and horror zealots with their take on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th. They’re next effort, A Nightmare on Elm Street, is already being maligned. With that in mind they’ve decided to change their game by stepping away from ruining childhoods and move into ruining graphic novels. Fuller tells Dread Central:

"The studio has decided to move forward and look for new types of material, which is how we got involved with Existence 2.0. I love action-y type material, and these graphic novels had that feel to them. Our writers are currently working on the script for that project.

Does that mean they are done with horror entirely? More after the jump.

 

We still aren’t sure what’s going to happen with the Friday the 13th sequel. Since Chainsaw is now in the hands of Twisted, that means we’re done with Leatherface now. The studio has decided to move forward and look for new types of material…We’ve made the decision to not pursue any new horror projects beyond what we’re planning for the upcoming remake of The Monster Squad. For that film we will be aging the Monster Squad up a bit so that it’s relatable to today’s audiences, but it will still very much be in the same spirit as the original. And, of course, The Wolfman will still have nards,

Sure, their remakes haven’t always been up to snuff, but you have to admit the visual updates on our favorite maniacs have been really cool. And it seems that they’re aware of this and really putting their best foot forward for Elm Street.

Honestly, we are sweating it out with Nightmare, probably more than any of the other films we’ve ever done. We made it our mission to do everything in our power to deliver with Nightmare on Elm Street. What we’ve come to realize is that you just can never replace those feelings you have the first time you see the original Nightmare or the original Friday the 13th. Platinum Dunes is not trying to replace those memories for anyone because we have them, too, as fans.
Since we’re horror fans, and fans especially of the Nightmare franchise, that limited our ability to just throw everything out the window and start fresh with our re-envisioning of Nightmare. There are so many landmark moments in the first one that we needed to make sure we keep in ours but still have enough in there that will keep the audience guessing.

My fingers are firmly crossed that Elm Street scores a win and pleases audiences. Seems like his heart is in the right place, just as Wolfman’s nards are.

 

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‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/a-nightmare-on-elm-street-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/a-nightmare-on-elm-street-trailer/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 As April 30th grows closer, New Line is beginning their full-on marketing push for Platinum Dunes re-imagining of A Nightmare on Elm Street. This week has given us an onslaught of promotion. By this point we've seen a teaser, behind-the-scenes footage, stills, and now this second trailer. The first trailer offered bits of Freddy's backstory and a glimpse of Jackie Earle Haley in the makeup. This time around we get a good look at the nightmare sequences themselves, though not that great of a look at Krueger. But from what we do see, I'd say he's a lot more terrifying than his days with the Fat Boys.

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As April 30th grows closer, New Line is beginning their full-on marketing push for Platinum Dunes re-imagining of A Nightmare on Elm Street. This week has given us an onslaught of promotion. By this point we’ve seen a teaser, behind-the-scenes footage, stills, and now this second trailer.

The first trailer offered bits of Freddy’s backstory and a glimpse of Jackie Earle Haley in the makeup. This time around we get a good look at the nightmare sequences themselves, though not that great of a look at Krueger. But from what we do see, I’d say he’s a lot more terrifying than his days with the Fat Boys.

Have a look at the new nightmare below.


A Nightmare on Elm Street Trailer #2 – Watch more Movie Trailers

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Gory New ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ Pics http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/gory-new-a-nightmare-on-elm-street-pics/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/gory-new-a-nightmare-on-elm-street-pics/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 I'll have what she's having.A handful of new stills from the upcoming A Nightmare On Elm Street remake have appeared online and it turns out that Freddy won't just only be running his claws along walls and pipes for dramatic effect. Yeah, we get it. He's proud of that glove. Smelting and soldering are hard. Showboating, burnt weirdo.Judging from the pics and trailer, this film doesn't stray too far from the original but the surprises they do throw in look like really cool additions. By that I mean, A Nightmare on Elm Street now with hotter chicks. (MovieGod)SLIGHT SPOILERS AFTER THE JUMP BUT ONLY IF YOU DIDN'T ASSUME TEENS WOULD SUFFER FROM QUADRUPLED WOUNDS...

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I’ll have what she’s having.

A handful of new stills from the upcoming A Nightmare On Elm Street remake have appeared online and it turns out that Freddy won’t just only be running his claws along walls and pipes for dramatic effect. Yeah, we get it. He’s proud of that glove. Smelting and soldering are hard. Showboating, burnt weirdo.

Judging from the pics and trailer, this film doesn’t stray too far from the original but the surprises they do throw in look like really cool additions. By that I mean, A Nightmare on Elm Street now with hotter chicks. (MovieGod)

SLIGHT SPOILERS AFTER THE JUMP BUT ONLY IF YOU DIDN’T ASSUME TEENS WOULD SUFFER FROM QUADRUPLED WOUNDS…

 

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Behind The Scenes of ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’ Remake http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/behind-the-scenes-of-a-nightmare-on-elm-street-remake/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/behind-the-scenes-of-a-nightmare-on-elm-street-remake/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 I'm not sure if I should be eager about the upcoming remake of A Nightmare On Elm Street. Given the track record of recent genre rehashes and reports of reshoots and studio interference, it could go either way. Still there's a part of me that wants this film to be really good and by the looks of this behind the scenes footage, that may well be the case. This featurette, included on The Final Destination's DVD release (a movie so bad that I'd sooner barf lava than watch it again), shows Jackie Earle Haley in full-on Freddy mode. Definitely check it out especially if you're on the fence like I am. Or was. I'm now eager to see more. (via Dread Central)

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I’m not sure if I should be eager about the upcoming remake of A Nightmare On Elm Street. Given the track record of recent genre rehashes and reports of reshoots and studio interference, it could go either way. Still there’s a part of me that wants this film to be really good and by the looks of this behind the scenes footage, that may well be the case.

This featurette, included on The Final Destination‘s DVD release (a movie so bad that I’d sooner barf lava than watch it again), shows Jackie Earle Haley in full-on Freddy mode. Definitely check it out especially if you’re on the fence lik I am. Or was. I’m now eager to see more.

(via Dread Central)

 

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