Myspace has the HD trailer for Platinum Dunes’ “Nightmare on Elm Street” remake up, here’s the embedd:
I have three immediate strong reactions to this, which I’m inclined to imagine will be shared by a great deal of the web-surfing horror-fan contingent:
#1: The apparent fidelity to the original film(s) is genuinely shocking: Not only do a bevy of the first installments most iconic scenes seem to have been preserved; but the composition, color-palette and even the lighting looks the same. The shot of the pool-party looks like a direct screengrab from “Freddy’s Revenge.” Hell, is that the same factory, even? Color me intrigued, since PD’s previous 80s-horror revamps were both top-to-bottom overhauls.
#2: No really good look at the Freddy makeup yet, maybe they’ll try to save that for opening night, but we do get to hear what is probably Jackie Earl Haley’s “official” Freddy Voice. THIS part is definately NOT aping the originals… the usual malevolent, self-satisfied cackle seems absent from Freddy’s disposition here. If nothing else, it shows that Haley has been granted room to move around in this.
#3: The opening moments of the trailer would seem to confirm the early rumors that there was going to be an added “wrinkle” to the story this time involving the presence of significant doubt as to whether or not Freddy was actually GUILTY of the crimes he was killed for. This will be controversial to fans, but I can understand the angle: A big part of the story in the original film is solving the mystery of just who Freddy Krueger actually is/was. Since the audience this time around can no longer be surprised by those revelations, it makes sense to stage new ones.
I remain fully skeptical that Michael Bay and his Dunes friends are capable of EVER producing a good film, but color me a lot less skeptical than I was ten minutes ago.