Occasionally I like to do random searches. I'm not entirely sure why I like to, but I do. This morning it was a search for upcoming movies. Now, I knew this movie was going to happen eventually. It happened for Mike and Jason, so obviously Freddy was going to get the same treatment.
I must say, initially I was quite excited. I've never hidden the fact that I'm a huge fan of campy horror flicks. The cheesier the better. Granted, I'm sure this will be similar to the first movie of the legendary series, in that it'll be pretty much serious business. That's not a bad thing, I remember when I first saw the first Nightmare movie I didn't sleep for a week. Okay, I was like six (FYI: I didn't see it when it first came out. I was 2 when it did.), but still.
So I did a little reading into this. First, it isn't being written by Wes Craven, which is a real shock to me. I mean, the man invented Freddy, and now he isn't involved? It comes as no shock that he's not entirely happy about his baby being taken from him.
Not only that, but Robert Englund isn't playing Freddy. Another shame, really. I can't think of anyone that could get the mannerisms down, considering Englund played the role through 8 movies and a 40 episode TV series. The new Krueger is being played by Jackie Earle Haley, who's only role I recognize is Rorschach from The Watchmen. Frankly, he's got large shoes to fill as far as I'm concerned.
In fact, I don't recognize any of the actors, or the director, which isn't such a bad thing. Everyone needs a place to start off, and a Nightmare movie is a pretty good place to start. It'll be an uphill battle for them, as the roles they are taking over are pretty legendary, but for a movie like this I'm willing to give them a chance. And hey, its where Johnny Depp got his start, and he seems to be doing pretty well now, right?
I don't know what to think about it. On one hand, the very soul of the series is going to be missing: No Robert Englund or Wes Craven. On the other hand, everyone other than Freddy is essentially B rated in Hollywood. I'm not saying they're all new, but they're not Grade A Hollywood Must Haves either. This might (a huge might) breathe some new air to a pretty stagnant pool.
In the end, I'll see it. I don't care how old I get, or how far removed I am from that initial shock I had when I was six, not being able to sleep for a week from the scare. I know it'll chill me, just the idea that I could go to sleep one moment and then die the next. Its like childhood trauma, it just doesn't go away. I'm hoping, BEYOND HOPE, that my daughter doesn't aspire to be a singer. I still get chills down my spine when I hear little girls singing.
One, two, Freddy's coming for you...
Edited, Oct 6th 2009 11:42am by lolgaxe