Normally I loathe remakes, but I have to admit there’s something about the upcoming remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street that has me kind of excited. Maybe it’s the fact that Jackie Earle Haley, one of my favorite actors, is taking over the striped sweater and mangled face. Maybe it’s the fact that the new version is scripted by Wesley Strick, who did the remake of Cape Fear and Arachnophobia. Or maybe it’s just because Freddy isn’t going to be cracking jokes and being goofy in this one.
That said, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. For one, while it looks like a pretty good remake judging by the trailer, it’s still a remake. Even more troublesome, it’s a Michael Bay remake through his Platinum Dunes production company (which specializes in nothing but relatively cheap remakes of classic horror titles). Transformers is much more Michael’s thing than something like this. While director Samuel Bayer has done some really good music videos, this is also his first movie. That’s very troubling.
Still, the proof is in the pudding, so let’s look at the first trailer for the 2010 Nightmare On Elm Street!
All right, I’m insanely excited for this. Despite all the worrisome details, I cannot wait for April 30, 2010, and the return of the Ginsu glove! My optimism has bitten me before, but since I love Freddy’s new look, I’ll be there.