Platinum Dunes has grown famous for revitalizing nearly dead or dying horror franchises, giving our iconic new age monsters a fresh birth. In the recent past, they've successfully jump-started The Amityville Horror, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Friday the 13th, giving both Leatherface and Jason Voorhees a new lease on life. Now, they have their sights set on that most infamous child tormentor Freddy Krueger. That's right, producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, along with director Samuel Bayer, are working overtime to reestablish Freddy as the scariest slasher on the horror scene with their remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. And they're off to a good start, with Academy Award nominated actor Jackie Earle Haley strapping on the most famous of glove of all time in the lead role.
A few months ago, we were inviting to the Chicago area set, where we were allowed to watch Freddy (aka Mr. Haley) chase poor Kris (Katie Cassidy) through a long, tight, dirt tunnel. We were also taken on an extensive tour of the dream sequence sound stages, where a burnt up classroom and Freddy's cave sanctuary were on full display. We can't quite go into all the intimate details here, but from the looks of things, this is shaping up to be another excellent entry in the already established mythos of Freddy Krueger. While most of the reestablished plot points are being kept hush-hush, we can tell you that Freddy's backstory is going to stay fairy congruent with what we already know about the burnt up ex-janitor. Freddy's fire-buffed face is more realistic than the make-up originally adorned by Robert England, but rest assured, Krueger's signature red and green sweater is still as natty as it ever was. His fedora is firmly in place, and his razor-fingered glove is as nasty as it ever was.
While on set, we had a nice, long chat with both Andrew Form and Brad Fuller. They took us through the entire conceptual process behind this new remake, as well as their casting choices and more about the intricate plot details that can't be revealed here at this time. About the tone of the film, Andrew assured us, "This film is so different from Friday the 13th. It's darker. I think a Friday the 13th movie like we made should be really fun. You know: Sex, drugs, and rock and roll. I think A Nightmare on Elm Street movie is not that. We knew going in that the tone for this film would be much different. We're dealing with themes that are pretty horrible. Freddy's back-story is very dark. There's a five-year-old girl with scratch marks on her back. There's a lot of that in this movie."
We were also able to chat with Jackie Earle Haley about his time spent in the guise of Freddy Krueger. While most of that interview is also under wraps, he did have this to share with us, "This version of Freddy is dark. We're focusing less on the camp and a little bit more on the scarier side. It has more of a serious side to it. There's a little more focus on who this guy is. It's a deeper look at the character. I really started to delve into serial killers. I was looking at all this stuff and I studied Ed Kemper. That's when I realized I'm playing a boogeyman. That's what I'm trying to embrace. I want to find out what makes this boogeyman tick. It's fun to re-envision the character, but at the same time we need to remain true to who Freddy is and what the franchise represents."
We will have full interviews and a detailed account of our set visit the closer we get to a release date. Be sure to check out all of the A Nightmare on Elm Street coverage coming out of Comic-Con 2009 this next week. A Nightmare on Elm Street opens April 16th 2010.