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IGN Rewind Theater: A Nightmare on Elm Street
Eric: One, Two, IGN, this is Eric and Chris coming at you with a look at the Nightmare in Elm Street reboot trailer directed by—I guess you’d call them visionary video directors Samuel Bayer. Yet, it does smell like teen spirit video amongst many others.
And here, we get our first good look at Jackie Earle Haley obviously from Watchmen as Freddie Kruger. His second famous brown headed character of the year.
And Freddie, we’ve never seen before who just seems really panicked and much more less defiant than in previous movies.
Chris: Yeah, even in the scenes when we saw him getting burnt, he never acted like this.
Eric: And there’s an interesting line there that he screams about sort of—I don’t know, what have I done, why are you doing this, and it sort of seems to imply that we might have a Freddie who is a little bit more in the center, maybe not as guilty as in previous movies.
Chris: Right. And we’ve got Clancy Brown and Connie Britton here from Friday Night Lights as a couple of the parents killing him/
Eric: And there you go, the reveal of the iconic Freddie sweater, sort of a Superman moment of like ripping the clothing that reveals the costume underneath.
Chris: And the first moment to tell everyone watching, just in case you didn’t recognize, this is Freddie Kruger we’re looking at here since he hasn’t acted like Freddie up till now.
Eric: Very cool, just sort of like hellish fire in a dream which has always been associated with the character leading into this familiar image.
Chris: Yeah, very familiar image. If you know the first film, you know that these sorts of jump rope girls showed in most of the series, but this specific image is right out of the original one, I think that was crazy.
Eric: It’s very comforting to hear that song. You feel immediately sort of at home in the series.
Chris: And here is Nancy, the hero from the original. The same character is back in this new one and new version of her. And even this image here looks something similar to the original when there were feathers flying around. Well, this is snow falling but it seems to evoke that.
Eric: This obviously is sort of the spin on the Tina character from the first film.
Chris: Right, played by Katie Cassidy from Supernatural. And here, you have what appears to be the new version of the house from the original Freddie film—well, it wasn’t almost all of them. It doesn’t look exactly the same but if you’re a fan, then you know that it has enough of the look that— you’ll know what you’re looking at.
Eric: Yep, leading right into a house of a different sort which looks to be sort of Freddie’s lair or Freddie’s cave in this movie. It’s very different from the boiler room that used to be Freddie’s retreat in between murders, rampages. We get this sort of creepy cave with candles and kids’ drawings on the wall.
Chris: And here is of course Freddie’s weapon of choice. You can see the influences in the gloves from other movies. The long sort of extensions that go into the fingers, sort of mirror the bone glove from new nightmare and—you were saying about the plate.
Eric: Yeah, the big plate that was on the back of the hand is not there but obviously, if anyone is looking at this, they will know that this is Freddie Kruger’s glove.
Chris: Sort of creepy, and it looks like we have sort of another swimmer character like we had in the fifth film.
Eric: The fifth Elm Street. Yeah and then here is an image straight out of the original. In fact, one of the most famous moments from the first with Nancy in the bathtub.
Chris: And it really just says that they’re sort of respecting the feeling and imagery of the first movie. They’re not departing a great deal. They’re going for the hardcore horror.
Eric: Yeah, and then here is Thomas Dekker from the Sarah Connor Chronicles and he’s playing a version of the Johnny Depp character from the original who was Nancy’s boyfriend. However, the fact that he is in a prison outfit here makes us think that they’re maybe merging some elements of the Rod character from the first one too.
And the graveyard scene, what would a Freddie movie be without some funerals going on. A lot of people tend to die around here.
Chris: Teenagers mourning their dead teenage friends.
Eric: Yeah. And Katie Cassidy is Chris.
Chris: I’m looking at this sort of creepy girl with the slashes. Her dialogue early in the trailer and I think this image implies that she might have had a sort of a past encounter with Freddie maybe as a young girl.
Eric: And then a lot of the boiler room we start to see here…
Chris: Yeah, it’s definitely sort of an older version of the boiler room, bigger and more industrial than we’ve seen it.
Eric: And this image again, if you’re familiar with the old films, it might seem familiar that there was a scene on Nightmare on Elm Street 4 where a girl fell asleep in a classroom and woke up and no one was there because she was in the nightmare and this seems to be their version of that.
Chris: We did a set visit for this and I can say but not spoiling too much that there is sort of a second version of that room that is every bit as cool.
Eric: Yeah, and a lot of the boiler room, you can see here which again—yes.
Chris: It feels a little bit like the second movie which has that big, industrial boiler space.
Eric: Right, coming up on another very famous moment.
Chris: Yes, this is obviously sort of Tina hitting the ceiling. You’ll notice here that she’s wearing the same outfit that the character was wearing in Freddie’s cave earlier, so maybe an extension of the same scene.
Eric: Right. And again, something that if you’re a fan or not ____, sort of know as part of the lore and you want to see a new version of. And here, we get the first sound of Freddie’s voice and...
Chris: Leading right into that big horrible close up. Now I think that Freddie’s voice is hugely appropriate for this movie. It’s dark, it’s greedy, it’s full of base, it’s the mean scary Freddie and not this sort of wise cracking Freddie.
Eric: Right. And getting to look at Freddie’s face here, definitely, it seems like this is a much less dialyzed version of Freddie than we came to know in the other films. He doesn’t have the pointed nose.
Chris: It’s the real burn victim look.
Eric: He looks more like a realistic burn victim. Obviously, he’s still in the shadows here but what we’re seeing is something that is toned down and perhaps creepier because it is toned down.
Chris: And with that, we get at the end of the trailer. Obviously, this is just the first teaser. There will be a new one. We’ll hit you with another rewind when that one comes out. And for the moment, Eric and Chris here signing off.