Jackie Earle Haley Talks ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ Trailer

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

With the release of the trailer for A Nightmare on Elm Street came a slew of reactions; some positive, some negative. Fans were going back and forth on almost every aspect of the film. There was so much debate that Nightmare on Elm Street producer Brad Fuller stepped in to respond to fans concerns. The only person we’ve yet to hear from is Mr. Krueger himself, Jackie Earle Haley…until now, that is.

While at the 2009 Scream Awards last night our friends over at Shock Till You Drop caught up with Platinum Dunes’ newest dream-master to ask him about his thoughts regarding the recently released trailer and his take on the fans’ reactions.

“I think the trailer looks really good. I know there’s a lot of people out there that wished it was Robert (Englund) and I get that, I completely understand that. He really made the character incredibly iconic. He’s iconic as well, so for me, it’s just such a real honor to get to step in and have a go at that character. I think it’s looking pretty good.”

Haley continues by describing his thoughts on the Freddy Krueger character.

“I look at Freddy as a mystical boogeyman, the guy you hear the camp fire story about that we love to hate. As fans, those stories make us giggle. It’s wonderful to do something with this kind of hyper reality in the genre. People like to enter that in a Nightmare film, to be entertained, but I don’t think anybody would want to be there in real life!”

I understand Haley towing the party line with the whole “trailer looks really good” remark. While the Nightmar on Elm Street trailer wasn’t bad in the slightest, it more or less had me more apprehensive than eager to view the finished product.

I’ve come to the decision that I’m going to look at this film as its own entity and not try to compare it with the previous films, but it’s not exactly easy; after viewing that “very good” trailer it appears they’re remaking the original film rather than “re-imagining” the story as they previously stated. Sure, they’re tweaking the story – was Krueger innocent or guilty? – but when you throw almost identical shots at me from the first film don’t get upset when I start lamenting about days of old.

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Also, I don’t necessarily agree with what Haley said about how Freddy is the guy “we love to hate” or that “those stories make us giggle.” If we’re talking about the original Nightmare on Elm Street film, I didn’t giggle at all. Whatever the opposite of giggle is, that’s what I was doing. I was ungiggling.  It wasn’t until the third film (skipped the second film out of respect to everyone) that Freddy became giggle-worthy, IMHO.

Kind of makes me wonder… if those are his thoughts about Freddy, did Haley bring any “giggle” to his performance?

A Nightmare On Elm Street opens April 30, 2010 (giggles or not)

Source: Shock Till You Drop

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  1. I’m sorry but all of freddy movies made me laugh hard… Especially the ridiculous booby traps she had for him but i do love those films. It was at sleeptime that i un-giggled… But either way i think he’s just trying to throw people off as much as he can till there are enough clips out there for us to tell what type of freddy are we really getting. I wonder if they’re going to make him seem taller since most of freddy’s victims were usually smaller then him and this freddy… Well you’ve seen him in watchmen. If that booby trap scene is still in this movie then to me its not going to be as serious as they claim it to be.

  2. He won me over in Watchmen! I love Freddy. I love R.E. I’m sure that I’ll dig his take on Freddy too! If you think about it, it’s kind of a treat to have different versions of stories told! ~ Stark

  3. having watched all the nightmare on elm streets (except 5, yes i did watch the horrific #2) i liked them on first viewing but when i went back and watched them again (5 or so years later) i found them to be boring and not so entertaining/scary as i initially thought it to be.

    i hope they introduce a sadistic psycho that will really make people think twice before closing their eyes hehehe, platinum dunes hasnt done a bad job with friday the 13th (special effect and mood creating wise) so i hope they do the same (if not better for the sake of robert englund) hehe
    hopefully it will turn out decent if not great :-)

  4. Jackie looks like the rode hard put away wet version of Vic Holtreman,,,
    But we love him,,,
    :-) Hahaaa,,,

    He was great at the Scream Awards (broadcast on Spike 10-27) and accepted an award for Watchmen. You’ll have to tune in to see what award…

  5. I watched almost all of the movies (I’m watching them in a row, and I now have finished 4 [yes, I watched 2 also]), and I didn’t think they were funny. Except that part where Robert Englund is a nurse… Anyways, I don’t think of the series as funny at all. If anything, it’s to lighten things up. That, and Freddy likes to add insult to injury. Using the Roach Motel advertising campaign motto while using the Roach Motel to kill someone = funny but still disturbing and scary. I look forward to this movie, but hope that it still retains the occasional pun or joke that made the series so entertaining. It made you laugh on occasion, but made you afraid to sleep at the same time. I just hope that they do a decent job and that it meets my high expectations.

  6. I think the person who used to play freddy was better

  7. I loved the old person that played Freddy and hopefully this new guy will do a good job!!

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