First Official Look At Elm Street’s New Freddy Krueger

Published 5 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 1:52 pm,

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Today we get our first official look at the new Freddy Krueger in the 21st century remake of the classic horror film franchise, A Nightmare on Elm Street. We’ve had more than enough teen casting announcements to last us a while, and with regards to Freddy himself, we’ve only had the casting news of Jackie Earle Haley getting the role to go on.

IGN has today premiered both the first official photo of Haley as the new Freddy Krueger (there were some set photos released that (not very clearly) showed him pre-burn scars), as well as the first teaser poster for the film (the poster was first snapped at Comic Con).

A Nightmare on Elm Street follows a similar premise to the original: a serial child molester is burnt to death by angry parents only to turn into an undead killer who comes back to seek revenge by killing the teenagers of Elm Street in their dreams. Check out the Freddy pic and the official teaser poster below (click for larger):

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A better look at Freddy (sorry for small size)

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The one thing that’s given me hope about this Elm Street remake is the fact that Watchmen’s Jackie Earle Haley is the new Freddy Krueger. Not a casting I saw coming, but similar to when Robert Downey Jr. was cast as Iron Man: the minute Haley’s name was brought up it immediately clicked. He has the general look of Freddy (even if he’ll most likely be under burn makeup for most of the movie) and based on his performance as a child molester in the film Little Children, we know for a fact that Haley can do creepy-as-hell.

Moreover, the first image and poster featuring him in character, even if he’s in the shadows, has me even more hopeful that this remake will be at least worth a watch, if not genuinely good. Both the image and the poster may just be teases, but that’s to be expected when we’re still about 8 months away from the movie’s release.

I gotta’ say, Freddy’s clawed glove, in particular, looks pretty bad ass…

Having said that I’m still on the, “they shouldn’t have remade this,” boat in regards to this film. It’s another unnecessary addition to a now almost countless list of 21st century horror-movie remakes that have rarely broken past the barrier of mediocrity. I sincerely hope Haley doesn’t end up being the only good thing about this new incarnation of A Nightmare on Elm Street.

What do you think of our first look at Jackie Earle Haley as our new Freddy Krueger? Does it make you look forward to this horror remake anymore than you were?

A Nightmare on Elm Street is set to hit US theatres on April 16th, 2010.

Sources: IGN and Bloody-Disgusting (small Freddy pic courtesy of “Blood-Sicles”)

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  1. looks cool. might watch it

  2. Haley as Freddy looks every bit as scary as seeing Robert Englund as Freddy for the first time. Still love the original, it’s a horror classic. I also feel a remake is unnecessary.

  3. tru dat mah brutha but im still probably gonna watch it. it usually ends up happening

  4. I think the original is dated, I liked it at as a kid but I’ve grown up so bring on the new one…maybe I’ll like it.

  5. OMG!!! YOU CANT BE SERIOUS??!! THEY’RE REPLACING ROBERT ENGLAND?? NOOO!!!!! THEY CANT DO THAT!!!! ENGLAND!!!! HE’S THE ONLY ONE I KNOW WHO CAN BE FREDDY!!! THIS MAKES ME ANGRY HE’S NOT FREDDY!!!

  6. this best thing i see so far is seeing Haley as Freddy

  7. Looks awesome.

    “HE’S THE ONLY ONE I KNOW WHO CAN BE FREDDY!!! ”

    Yeah and only Jack Nicholson can play The Joker Blah Blah Blah.

    stutmanj,

    I think its a “relaunch” not a remake.

  8. I like the images so far, but those are not necessarily representative of the quality of the movie.

    Personally, I have no problem with remakes. (I do moan and groan whenever I hear about the newest ones, but I don’t mind them.)

    I mean, really, what harm can they cause? If they aren’t as good as the originals or if they just plain stink, who cares? You can always forget it and just watch the original. But if a remake is done pretty well (Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, IMO), then you’ve got one more movie to love.

  9. Maybe this remake/reboot will actually be good… The poster is cool at least

  10. As long as it’s good. I’m cool with it.

  11. You thought the Halloween and Friday the 13th remakes were good? Wow I thought they were two of the biggest piles of crap I’ve ever seen.

  12. I think this will be cool.

    who cares its not englund doing freddy… i mean look at all the actors that have played the doctor and t took them 9 to get the perfect one

    also imo jack was a better joker than heath…. but each to their own

    horror isnt scary anymore, but i cant wait for this hopefully it will reignite the genre

  13. well ill have to say i wish i found this poster a couple weeks ago, cause i got the freddy krueger glove tattooed on me, mind when i see the movie i will be in fully freddy clothing, maybe even dress like him…hot? we will see, but i agree tho it shouldnt have been remade, freddy krueger and pinhead are possibly the only guys who have had the same actor play the same part. but freddy being a bigger chacater, i will have to say i will miss robert as freddy.

  14. ROBERT ENGLUND DID NOT WANT TO PLAY FREDDY!!!!!! WILL YOU ALL QUIT B*TCHING ABOUT HIM NOT BEING FREDDY!!!!!!

    anyway i think this new movie will be a creative new outlook for the series. Jackie wil be a good freddy.

  15. Best horror remake had to be Dawn of the Dead.

    Freakin’ great remake IMO.

  16. im hesitant.
    after the Friday the 13th reboot that was an abortion IMO.

    i really hope this can bring the fear back to freddy.

  17. What the hell is the point in this?! Is NOTHING sacred?! Is Robert Englund not doing it because he knows it’ll be just another instantly forgettable, CGI’d to s**t pointless remake?! Hmm?!

  18. @Zoe

    I saw footage at Comic-Con and it actually looks good. Check out our Warner Bros panel Comic-Con post.

    Vic

  19. i hope they dont make him a child molester cause he is not originally west craven was going to make him a child molester but decided against it because the high molester rate in california , and made him a child killer.

  20. looks pretty good to me. i have seen all of the nightmare movies. Freddys dead was a real crap fest.

  21. come on be serious were all going to watch this film and it wont matter how good it is when the original freddy was out it was the 80′s horror genre and freddy took the lead by far all the people on here were younger and much easier to scare, you wont touch the original and rob englund is still freddy never changes