‘Nightmare On Elm Street’ Director Battled 3D Conversion

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 27th, 2012 at 11:04 am,

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Surprised you don’t have the option of seeing the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street in 3D this coming weekend? Wish you could experience Freddy’s claws popping out of the screen as if they could stab you right in your seat?

Don’t worry, you’ll probably get the chance with the sequel, but as for this latest visit to the horrific dreamworld inhabited by the crispy Mr. Krueger, there will be no extra-dimensional spectacle, and we can thank director Samuel Bayer for this, according to the Los Angeles Times:

“When New Line initiated several conversations about converting ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street” to 3-D, ‘we pushed back,’ says director Samuel Bayer. ‘This was shot in 2-D and was meant to be shown in 2-D.’ He added, ‘Just like I don’t want to see a lot of great movies remade’ — alluding to the other Hollywood vogue — ‘I don’t want to see a lot of them in 3-D.'”

Funny that he should mention the remake issue, because there are surely as many people against a Nightmare redo as there are people against the money-grabbing 3D conversion trend. But at least Bayer is only willing to piss off some moviegoers, right?

Is Bayer really the one behind the protest against retrofitting the film, or would that be producer Michael Bay, who has long been vocal about his antipathy for the format – particularly in terms of converting films originally shot and intended to be presented in 2D (it’s still undecided if Bay will shoot Transformers 3 in 3D — though I think he should, just to be safe).

Bay’s production company, Platinum Dunes, hasn’t been completely unwilling to work with 3D. Their planned sequel to last year’s Friday the 13th remake was going to be shot in the format (Friday the 13th Part 2 was recently canned, or at least put on official hiatus), and producer Brad Fuller admitted to the Times that the film’s script was even written around the idea, for ultimate gimmicky results:

“‘The good 3-D movies will be the ones that are constructed that way in the first place,’ says Bay producing partner Brad Fuller. (In a script for a potential ‘Friday the 13th’ sequel, for instance, a kill scene was written involving a body on a zipline because the idea of a body sliding full-speed toward the audience was deemed particularly effective in 3-D.)”

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You may recall that Freddy Krueger has been rendered in 3D before, but in the old anaglyphic (red/blue-lens) style, back in the early ’90s. Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare features a plot-relevant — but still forced — 3D segment for its climax. I remember very little about that installment, other than Roseanne and Tom Arnold’s appearance, so I guess the device wasn’t too special (of course, I probably saw it on 3D-less VHS rather than theatrically or 3D-inclusive DVD, so that also explains my “forgetfulness”).

The Samuel Bayer-helmed remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street hits theaters nationwide this Friday, April 30, 2010.

Are you glad it wasn’t it converted? Do you hope Freddy has another opportunity to leap off the screen in 3D in the future?

Source: LA Times, /Film, Bloody Disgusting

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  1. THANK GOD!!!!


  3. 3D has its perks, but I am glad this is strictly 2D. Conversion sucks.

  4. i salute my bayer

  5. great article!

  6. 3D or 2D I'm STILL not seeing this movie. There is only ONE Freddy and Jackie Earle Haley Isn't the one. This Freddy looks terrible, so I think I'll stick to the original Nightmare on Elm Street thank you very much. Kind of sick of the whole 3D gimmick too.

  7. looks cool but needs robert england!!!!!!!!

  8. Whatever.. We NEED more horror and action movies in 3D!! I'm sick of all these kiddy movies with crappy 3D that would be almost the same as watching 2D. The ONE exception, How to Train your Dragon. And no I don't believe EVERYTHING needs to be made 3D, but this pisses me off, I was looking forward to seeing Nightmare on Elm street, but now that it's Only in 2D, I don't know if I'll go see it at all!!

  9. funny how people are so hell bent on 3d being things coming flying out at you or whatever, this clearly isnt the case and not what 3d experts where intending to produce, its more depth than anything, more realistic as its suppose to to be like their isnt a tele screen their, well thats what i was expecting anyway, and also if u want to experience 3D at its best you should buy a NVIDIA 3d graphics card and play games on it, anyway back to the film cannot wait for this, i loved all the freddy films love a bit of horror/comedy and freddy films are the best at it

  10. Movie still sucked, so 3d prob would have made it better