Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I'm still not sold on remaking A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET... maybe it's just me not thinking it's time for Robert Englund to put up the burnt sweater, dirty fedora and famous glove, but I don't think making a contemporary version of the character sounds very appealing to me. That doesn't mean that the guys at Platinum Dunes can't do a kick-ass movie. My fear is that they can get away with goofy teenager shit in FRIDAY THE 13th, but go back and watch the first three NIGHTMARES and even though they're about teenagers they're not campy. When the series began to get campy it died.
But I'm actually a little emboldened by their choice for director. Samuel Bayer has not made a feature film before, but is very well known within the industry for his work on music videos and commercials. He directed Nirvana's SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT music video and if you don't remember it very clearly, give it a view below... it has a Nightmare feel to it. So does his work on Blind Melon's NO RAIN video (specifically the beginning):
I hope everybody involved is taking this seriously. The only upside I see to remaking A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET is rebooting the franchise away from Freddy, The Comedian and resetting the bizarre almost experimental nature of the nightmares, amping up the horror and suspense.