Nightmare on Elm Street Trailer: Freddy Krueger Died for Your Sins
After promising a whole lotta Krueger back in July and offering a whole lotta nothin', the onus was on the producers of the revamped A Nightmare on Elm Street to include a big reveal in the brand-new trailer. And while their new take on Freddy's burned face does indeed make an appearance, it's clear that the real star is Freddy's wounded psyche.
We're certainly not surprised by the increased emphasis on Freddy's feelings, since producers have been warning us all along that this new version would trade the wisecracking villain we're used to (now played by Jackie Earle Haley) for a darker, less Catskills-y take. Still, it's interesting to see Freddy's fiery backstory realized onscreen to such a fetishistic degree; as shot by musicvideo director Samuel Bayer, it appears to play like some mad cross between the warehouse fire that created Two-Face in The Dark Knight and the slow-mo Americana porn that Armageddon's montages were made of. We created a monster in the shadow of the American dream, and now the sins of the father are visited on our sexy, sexy children.
VERDICT: Jury's out.