‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ remake doesn’t look terrible

Since it’s crazy slow around the gossip world today, I thought I’d show this totally jacked new trailer from the remake of Nightmare on Elm Street. I think I heard they were remaking this junk at some point last year, but I didn’t really pay attention to it. Anyway, the film comes out in April, and they just put out a longer theatrical trailer a few days ago. I have to admit something… this doesn’t look terrible. Yes, it looks very derivative of the old ones, and yes, some of the shots look totally unoriginal, but the remake has one very good thing going for it: Jackie Earle Haley is the new Freddy Krueger. And he’s f-cking terrifying.

Ever since I finally sat down and watch Haley’s Oscar-nominated performance in Little Children, I’ve been one of his biggest fans. As a former child star who had left Hollywood with a whimper rather than a bang, Haley made the most of his return to Hollywood, taking a series of supporting parts, like his part in the recent hit Shutter Island, or his brilliant turn in the ensemble Watchmen (where he played Rorschach, and you barely saw his face). I’ve seen Haley interviewed, and he comes across as one of the nicest, most soft-spoken men you’d ever want to meet. But put him in front a camera with a script that calls for “creepy” and Haley does it better than nearly anyone else.

So, basically, I’m kind of hoping this remake is a big hit, just so Haley will have some steady paychecks and better career longevity.

Oh, and Kellan Lutz is in too. Now that is a seriously creepy dude. He’s like Scott Disick… serial killer eyes.

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  1. sarah says:

    Jackie Earle Haley can not possibly be any scarier than Robert Englund. There can be only one Freddy!

  2. Hannah says:

    Did you just call the original film – junk?

  3. Karen says:

    I love cheesy 80’s Horror movies and I love Jackie Earl Haley. How can this possibly be bad?

  4. flourpot says:

    Ok, now I know I’m old. I just watched this in my well lit study, in the middle of the day and let out an involuntary little scream. Twice. Looks fantastic.

  5. pixiegirl says:

    Looks scary but still, come on! It does have that kid from The Sara Conner Chronicles though. I kinda liked him.

  6. QB says:

    Im going to see this.

  7. tooey says:

    The original scared the crap out of me! And agreed, I’d love to see JEH do well; he’s very deserving…

  8. Maritza says:

    I agree there can only be one Freddy Kruger and Robert England was perfect for that role. I’ll watch it anyway because I love scary movies!

  9. Katyusha says:

    I’m not sure I’ll get used to not hearing Robert Englund’s voice…he can’t be touched!

  10. Bete says:

    Why remake a modern classic? Have producers and directors lost their imaginations?

  11. Jag says:

    I love Haley, too, so might actually go watch this. I jumped once during the trailer, but really wish they hadn’t copied the original movie so much. For those of us who grew up with the franchise, we’ll know what’s going to happen, and that’s disappointing. Hopefully, this will scare a new generation into not sleeping, like it did mine. lol

  12. Solveig says:

    How is a short Freddy Kruger supposed to be scary?… They should call this remake “Nightmare on Sesame Street”.

  13. Chana says:

    I adored Robert Englund in that part. He was slightly funny and bizarre and camp. And it was scary but fun at the same time. The Nightmare on Elm Street movies were kind of…comedic in a strange way.

    I hope this has the spirit of that. I will admit though that I won’t be able to let go of Englund playing Krueger. He just is that character.

    The concept is scary though, so no doubt I’ll be having nightmares after I go see this 🙂

  14. glowkey says:

    Ok, might be worth watching just to see how true to the original it is and how good the “AH!” moments are compared to the original, but no one, no way, no how will ever do Freddy like Robert Englund. Still cannot look at a photo of that man to this day without being freaked out.

  15. dovesgate says:

    I’m usually not a big fan of remakes (completely against them usually) but since I loved the Nightmare series, I might have to make an exception and go see this one in the theater

  16. dovesgate says:

    Ooooo! Now that I’ve watched the trailers, I’m definitely going to go see this!

  17. K.L. says:

    Jackie Earle Haley is a phenomenal actor. You could tell that even when he was a kid. I’m so glad that after Hollywood abandoned him, he’s managed to come back on top. Way to stick it to ’em Jack!

  18. dee says:

    I cant wait to see this movie !! I used to watch the original when i was younger everyday! I loved Robert Englund and most importantly Johnny Depp!! The new guy is def no Johnny Depp thats or sure! Jackie Earle Hailey is an awesome actor!

  19. pandawa says:

    i still love the old freddy, but i will watch this movie to make comparison review

  20. Mark says:

    This looks pretty fucking scary. ‘Nightmare Theater’ used to run on the weekends on basic T.V. during the early 90’s and they usually played Freddy Kreuger movies. I remember my mom letting me watch it while she laid beside me and took a nap. I’m sure they cut out all the really scary parts but I remember even as a kid how much I loved how terrifying Freddy was.

    I hope that doesn’t age me. I’m 22, BTW. lol

  21. Mary says:

    From the trailer, Freddie isn’t remotely similar, which is probably what producers want, but Englund (IMO) portrayed a scarier character. Freddie in this trailer seems a bit wooden.

  22. Wow says:

    The movie industry is acting as if there are no creative people who can come up with original ideas. Instead, they decide to do remakes of classic films, badly. Some classics should just be left alone. This is one of them.

  23. Kelly says:

    Ha ha ha! My god I am the oldest person alive. I remember when the FIRST MOVIE came out, at the flicks, for real. I think I actually sneaked in. Was that the one with J Depp being sucked into the waterbed?? Memory’s going too. (pats surroundings for ear horn)
    Why remake this shiz, seriously? I am constantly appalled and frustrated by the lack of new material in the entertainment ‘stry, music, books, flicks, the whole fucking lot. But at least Im not alone in that. Why are they not listening to us?
    I think we have to start being selective about not just which individual projects we support, but which studios and publishing houses we give our $ to per se. Take a risk on paying for something you know is original. Skip the remakes no matter how shitty a weekend it is. The only thing they give a shit about are the returns, and if we start putting out $ where our cakeholes are, things might change.

  24. CB Rawks says:

    I love the original, and it hurts to see so many awesome movies being remade by lazy present-day assholes.
    But I’m glad to hear it doesn’t sound too sucky.

  25. NicoleAM says:

    I always liked the premise of the Nightmare on Elm Street movies. Much creepier than Friday the 13th or Halloween. I love a horror movie every now and then, and yes, with Haley in it I prob will see it.

  26. nj says:

    Though I think its the height of laziness to remake a modern film, I am intrigued by the casting of Jackie Earle Haley. He is a fantastic actor and I am interested to see he will do with Freddy. I would not be so supportive of many actors, but Jackie Earle has such a quiet, intense genius. I’m going to go see this.

  27. Moooooooo says:

    Soo agree about the laziness of all these film remakes. It’s like reality television, I think because ‘Survivor’ was successful they just kept making reality show after reality show, nevermind how awful they were.. They think we’re all stupid!

    This remake looks good though and now I want to watch it.