OK. This post is going to be very text heavy. . keep with me! Oh and I changed my blog header. . . let me know what you think! It's from a shoot I did earlier in the year in a beautiful English woodland. Photo by Daniel Taylor 2010.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010. Dir, Samuel Bayer.
On Wednesday my dear friend Lula Mae of Martinis & Moonbeams and I went to see the new A Nightmare on Elm St remake. Firstly let me explain to you that I never trust movie critics. They always seem to completely juxtapose my own opinions. For me to find enjoyment in a movie is not a difficult task. Sure, there are movies that blow me away.. the movies I can watch once a week and never tire of. . but for the most part, all I am looking for is to be entertained.. intrigued, or inspired in some way. I've found enjoyment in some of the most ghastly movies! Mostly horror, as I am a horror nut.. and love seeing how different low budget projects create their SFX.. not to mention I love a good scare, even if it is hidden beneath terrible dialogue and plot lines as transparent as a vodka lime soda!
So.. Nightmare on Elm Street 1984, Dir. Wes Craven... big deal by "The studios that Freddy built", as New Line was nicknamed after the films success saved them from almost certain bankruptcy. It was shot in 30 days, for approx $1.8 mil and it was Johnny Depps' first movie role. Phew.
As if that isn't enough, Nightmare on Elm St has spawned so many sequels over the years.. and is self referenced in the horror world probably more times than I can even count.. my favourite being a line in Scream (also directed by Wes Craven), when Drew Barrymore is asked by the Killer about the Nightmare on Elm St franchise, and she responds by saying how she loved the first one.. but the others sucked. (Craven only directed 2 of the umpteen movies feat Freddy Krueger).
Incidentally, Craven was apparently openly against the 2010 remake. Not surprising as it is his baby.. his story.. his killer... But in my opinion, if it opens up a new audience to his original genius, and further perpetuates the buzz he created 26 years ago.. then why fight it? After all, it's never going to be as important as the original... it's just a bit of fun!
I really enjoyed Samuel Bayers adaptation. Obviously as I've written so much about it! I was gripped from the opening scene... constantly in fear of Freddy jumping out at one of the kids, and me jumping out of my skin! My friend & I were a little tardy to the theatre (we're very busy ladies!) so we had to sit front. row. centre. making us right there in the action. . . so close we could almost smell the corn syrup.
- I thought that the movie was cast pretty well... plenty of good lookin' guys and dolls! And though at times their acting was a little unbelievable, they delivered when it mattered most!
- Freddy. According to my sources (Lula in this case ^_^ ) Robert Englund hand pick