A new Freddy Krueger, a new Nancy, and a couple more obligatory teens prime for killing have thus far joined the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. Watchmen star Jackie Earle Haley was the first cast member to be announced (playing the new Freddy Krueger), then a couple of the teens were cast in the form of Thomas Dekker and Rooney Mara (the new Nancy). And now we have another one of the teen cast spots filled, this time by Twilight star Kellan Lutz.
The only details released about Lutz’ (who played Emmett Cullen in Twilight) character thus far is he will play some sort of high school jock… yeah, like he’s going to last more than five minutes into the movie!
If this didn’t have the fantastic Haley cast as Krueger, one of the most iconic horror roles of all time (few actors were suitable for it), then this would just be another one of those generic looking horrors we see released pretty regularly in theaters.
There’s not much to go on as far as which direction music video director Samuel Bayer is going to take this thing, other than an outline similar to the original. So in that way there’s no real reason to criticize it all that much (except for the fact that reportedly they are going to bring into question the guilt of Krueger… oh what a mistake).
I’ve said it many times before but I’ll say it again – I don’t like remakes. There are exceptions of course – there are always exceptions with everything, but generally speaking I find the lack of creativity at the core of most of them to be extremely irritating. In particular because of the fact that they just seem to get made for no other reason than to capitalize on the popularity of the original and subsequently make some (easier) money.
Also, with horror remakes in particular a lot of the time they seem to water them down for a lower (usually PG-13) age rating to yes, that’s right, make more money. I know it’s a business, but playing to that often means quality suffers.
And that’s never a good thing…
Those things could easily not apply to this particular remake, and I’d welcome that with open arms and budding movie-going eyes, but somehow I don’t think that’ll be the case.
Are you liking how this Elm Street remake is shaping up? What do you make of the cast assembled for it so far?