For those of you who can’t get enough tasty tidbits about the upcoming NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET remake, a new trailer will be hitting Myspace (why? Is myspace somehow still relevant?) at 12am Pacific this Thursday, February 25th. As soon as I get my grubby hands on it, I’ll be posting it here! Keep it tuned boils ‘n ghouls!
An official trailer for the upcoming NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET remake has hit the web. You can check it out below (thanks to SHOCK TILL YOU DROP). Producer Brad Fuller has already made a statement to respond to the already overwhelming fan input on the Trailer and the new Freddy Krueger look and voice:
“…We are continuing to refine Freddy’s look. Many people commented about the CGI on his face – and I don’t want to give everything away but I will say this – Freddy’s face is 98% practical make-up. Moreover, as you now know we went hardcore on what a burn victim really looks like.”
Jackie spent so much time on the voice, researching what people who’ve had their vocal cords burned sound like. He is still working on it and I suspect that we will be refining it, until the last moment.”
After the atrocious NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET REMAKE, I would shudder at even the slightest thought of anyone else touching the franchise. All that was left, aside from yet another sequel or remake, would be a film about the very beginning (touched slightly upon in the remake and spoken of throughout the original series). Folk often forget that Freddy Krueger was, as a child molester and murderer, just as horrifying before his death at the hands of the angry parents of Springwood as he was after.
Now, independent filmmaker Andrew Daniels has created a fan film that serves as a sequel to the franchise titled SON OF A HUNDRED MANIACS that goes into deeper into Freddy as the child defiling Springwood Slasher.
Though we probably won’t be seeing it until 2014, Edgar Wright (SHAUN OF THE DEAD) has been tapped to direct a remake/film adaptation of ABC’s classic TV movie and series KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER for Disney. In talks to potentially play the lead of tenacious reporter Carl Kolchak, originally played to perfection by Darren McGavin, is none other than Johnny Depp (DARK SHADOWS, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, and almost everything Tim Burton has done for the past 15 years or so). Details are few and far between right now as Wright is currently working on WORLD’S END with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (re-united again, their previous collaborations being SHAUN OF THE DEAD and HOT FUZZ) for a 2013 release, but the project has recently acquired writer D.V. DeVincentis (HIGH FIDELITY, GROSS POINTE BLANK) to work on the screenplay based on characters originally created by Jeff Rice, with the first tele-film written by Richard Matheson and produced by Dan Curtis who went on to create the television series.
Synopsis for the original show:
Chicago newspaper reporter—Carl Kolchak—who investigates mysterious crimes with unlikely causes, particularly ones law enforcement authorities won’t pursue. Often these crimes involve some element of the supernatural or science fiction, such as werewolves, vampires, and zombies. Though he’d always put his life on the line to investigate and stop evil, he was always met with disbelief by his editor and was never allowed to write the entire story for his paper, leaving out the more supernatural details
It’s safe to say I’m a HUGE fan of the original NIGHT STALKER series. Darren Gavin played Kolchak with a dry wit, humor, and intelligence whether arguing with his exasperated editor, or in the face of danger (an obvious model for the Mulder character on THE X-FILES, Chris Carter having said in the past how he was influenced by the series). While I often dread remakes of classics, I have a feeling that with Edgar Wright at the helm and Johnny Depp (in a non-Burton role) playing Kolchak, this may very well be an incredible film. Fingers crossed, boils ‘n ghouls…I’m excited!
A poster and pic have surfaced for the new Nightmare on Elm Street remake at SDCC. Of course, Freddy’s face is still obscured for the most part, but from what we here at Backwoods Horror can tell, so far, so good. Though Englund isn’t the world’s biggest guy, Freddy’s shoes are some big ‘uns to fill. Let’s hope ‘ol Jackie Earle Haley’s up to it! Check it out: