Robert Englund: Speaks On “A Nightmare on Elm Street” Remake
Robert Englund on Nightmare on Elm Street 2010
Director: Samuel Bayer
Release Date: April 30, 2010
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Robert Englund finally voices his opinion on Samuel Bayer’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street” adaptation, and his thoughts weren’t too happy, as imagined. There were so many things wrong with the adaptation to Wes Craven’s original 1984 classic. First, let’s look at what Robert Englund has to say. During a Q & A panel at Belfast Comic-Con, Englund voiced his thoughts:
Regarding the remake, which starred Jackie Earle Haley as Krueger, Englund said:
“….The problem with the remake was that it came out too soon. We had just released the digitally remastered Blu-ray boxset of all eight of the films and then they brought out the remake almost straight after…”
“….I think they just brought it out too soon but it had an amazing cast. Rooney Mara played Nancy and I’m a big fan of Clancy Brown. But they reshot the opening and it threw the movie off kilter. You don’t ever see any of the people happy go-lucky, they’re never untainted. You need to see before and after so you can invest emotionally with the children. They’re practically zombies from the get-go because they’re haunted by Freddy and I think that was a miscalculation….”
Englund continued with his view on Jackie Earle Haley portrayal of Freddy Krueger:
“….I think he’s a wonderful actor, he’s the best thing in Watchmen and I’m not a fan of the new RoboCop but he’s good in that. I think in trying to make him different, they may have decided to make him too real. Freddy does not exist in reality, he only exists in imaginations….”
Quotes, excerpt from SquareEyed.tv
Robert Englund has spoken on exactly what fans of the original “Nightmare On Elm Street” franchise has been saying all along. Director Samuel Bayer’s adaptation was, not only rushed, but did not hold true to the original story of the Elm Street kids or Freddy Krueger.
“A Nightmare on Elm Street” (2010) Synopsis
Death stalks the dreams of several young adults to claim its revenge on the killing of Freddy Kruger. Chased and chastised by this finger-bladed demon, it is the awakening of old memories and the denials of a past of retribution that spurns this hellish vision of a dreamlike state and turns death into a nightmare reality.
On Freddy Krueger:
The way the story plays out in Bayer’s adaptation of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” is along the lines of dark and morbid. And, although, the character of Freddy Krueger is essentially dark and morbid, it wasn’t shown as bluntly and harshly in Craven’s original classic. Craven kept the dark and morbid side of Freddy mental throughout the film. So, what you saw was more of a “light-hearted” rendition of Freddy – which turned into a more comical rendition in other sequels of the franchise – while having to, more-or-less, imagine who Freddy truly was. How dark and vile he truly was.
To back up what Englund says about making Freddy too real: Freddy Krueger is a boogeyman. Boogeymen are created by imaginations. Freddy is a figment of the imagination. Bayer’s Freddy Krueger was too real. Like a real-life Freddy Krueger (sadistic pervert) that, in real life, molests and tortures children.
On Building Connections:
As far as building up to the antagonist-to-protagonist relationship, and the audience-to-victim relationship, there were no emotional connections to be made in Bayer’s adaptation of “A Nightmare on Elm Street”. As Englund stated, it’s as if the kids were zombies. It’s as if everyone were zombies. Blandness. Emotionless. Expressionless. Like a bunch of Pinocchio’s being controlled by Geppetto.
In Craven’s original “A Nightmare on Elm Street” classic, every victim had a story, and you see their story and their struggle with the “boogeyman” unfold on the screen. The dreams (or nightmares) are more authentic and genuine. This made the victim-to-audience connection more realistic and compassionate. There’s also this weird compassionate-resentful connection to the protagonist-to-audience when you see Freddy’s backstory also unfold on the screen and throughout the franchise.