- 1 robert englund has a theory as to why the film failed
- 10 jackie earle haley was their first choice
- 2 freddy was innocent in the original script
- 3 rooney mara didn’t want to be in the movie
- 4 jackie earle haley and rooney mara were contracted for sequels
- 6 the dark knight inspired the film
- 7 samuel bayer originally said no to directing
- 8 the original sweater designer returned
- A nightmare on elm street(remake)
- What were the main flaws with the nightmare on elm street remake? — quora
- 9 the hat wasn’t finalized until a month into filming
1 robert englund has a theory as to why the film failed
Since the 2021 A Nightmare on Elm Street was a remake, Robert Englund was not involved with the film. That being said, the star has a theory as to why the film failed. A few months before the movie was released, Warner Bros.
Englund thinks that this new format of his films struck a chord with a new generation of fans. In turn, people weren’t excited about a remake because they released the film too close to this Blu-ray release. Englund said he also thought the original opening to the film was better, which saw Freddy die in a hospital bed from the burns he sustained.
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10 jackie earle haley was their first choice
One of the most significant changes that fans weren’t happy with was the decision to replace Robert Englund with Jackie Earle Haley. Some people weren’t even willing to give the film a chance if Englund didn’t return, but you couldn’t reboot the franchise with Englund as Freddy. With all that in mind, Jackie Earle Haley was always the executives top choice for Freddy Krueger.
By the time Haley was considered for the role, he had already been nominated for an Academy Award and appeared in Watchmen as Rorschach, the latter of which sparked Warner Bros. interest in Haley. Once executives saw screen tests that Haley did for Watchmen, they knew they had to have him as Freddy.
2 freddy was innocent in the original script
Previous A Nightmare on Elm Street movies explained that Freddy killed and harmed children, but the remake delves even more into his backstory. In the remake, Freddy is a gardener at a pre-school where he spends all day with the children.
In the original script, Freddy was going to be innocent, but this idea was scrapped and re-written to have a plot twist in the middle of the film. Unfortunately, this change just seems jarring, with many people thinking that the fresh take on the character’s story would have been better in the long run.
3 rooney mara didn’t want to be in the movie
While a lot of fans turned against A Nightmare on Elm Street, so did one of its stars. Rooney Mara played the character Nancy Holbrook, who was very different than Nancy Thompson in the original film. Not only was the character drastically different, but Mara hated the role, unlike Heather Langenkamp.
Mara even went as far as to say, “I didn’t want to act anymore. I was like, this isn’t what I signed up for. If this is what my opportunities are going to be like, then I’m not that interested in acting”. Mara also said that she didn’t really want the role when she auditioned, but she knew afterward that she had gotten the part.
4 jackie earle haley and rooney mara were contracted for sequels
Warner Bros. was no doubt hoping to spark new interest in the A Nightmare on Elm Street series and spawn a new set of films, but that didn’t happen. A Nightmare on Elm Street did well enough at the box office to warrant a sequel, but the film never got one.
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Jackie Earle Haley and Rooney Mara were even contracted for sequels, with Haley supposed to return for at least two more films and Mara at least one more film. Even though fans will likely never see a sequel to the 2021 A Nightmare on Elm Street, Warner Bros is supposedly working on a reboot.
6 the dark knight inspired the film
With The Dark Knight being such as massively successful film when it came out in 2008, a lot of filmmakers looked to the movie for inspiration. The Dark Knight was not only successful financially, but the superhero flick also got critical praise and took home two Academy Awards.
When talking with Fangoria, Bayer admitted that The Dark Knight heavily influenced how they approached A Nightmare on Elm Street. Bayer even went as far as to say, “I told all my cast and crew that we must do with Freddy what Christopher Nolan did with Batman.
7 samuel bayer originally said no to directing
Before A Nightmare on Elm Street, Samuel Bayer had directed dozens of music videos for a variety of artists. In fact, A Nightmare on Elm Street is the only feature-length film Bayer has ever directed.
Producer Brad Fuller once explained that they had tried to get him to direct a movie for three different horror franchises: Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and The Amityville Horror.
8 the original sweater designer returned
Dana Lyman received credit as the costume designer in the original A Nightmare on Elm Street, but a woman named Judy Graham was the one to design and make Freddy’s sweater. Graham also worked on A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master by building the sweater for the giant Freddy prop in the chest of souls sequence.
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Fast forward to 2021, and Warner Bros. chose Mari-An Ceo as the costume designer for the remake. That being said, Ceo decided to bring back Graham once again to create Freddy’s sweater.
A nightmare on elm street(remake)
While at the Springwood Diner with his girlfriend, Kris Fowles (Katie Cassidy), Dean Russell (Kellan Lutz) falls asleep at the table and meets a man covered in burn scars, wearing a red and green sweater and a clawed glove on his hand. The burned man cuts Dean’s throat in the dream, but in reality it appears that Dean is cutting his own throat as friend and waitress Nancy Holbrook (Rooney Mara) looks on with Kris. At Dean’s funeral, Kris sees a photograph of her and Dean as children, but cannot recall ever knowing Dean before high school. Kris begins to dream about the burned man herself and refuses to go to sleep for fear that she will die in her dreams. Jesse Braun (Thomas Dekker), Kris’s ex-boyfriend, shows up at her house to keep her company while she sleeps, but Kris meets the burned man in her dreams and is murdered. Covered in blood, Jesse runs to Nancy’s house to try to explain what happened and he learns that Nancy has been having dreams about the same man; that man’s name is Freddy (Jackie Earle Haley).
Jesse is apprehended by the police under suspicion of murdering Kris, and is killed by Freddy when he falls asleep in his jail cell. With her friends dying, Nancy begins to question what everyone’s connection is to each other, given that none of them can remember each other before their teenage years. Eventually, Nancy and her friend Quentin Smith (Kyle Gallner) discover that all of them, including more children, attended the same preschool together. Nancy’s mother Gwen (Connie Britton) reluctantly tells Nancy and Quentin that there was a gardener at the preschool, Fred Krueger, who hurt Nancy and the rest of the kids. Gwen explains that Nancy was his favorite, and came home one day telling her mom about Freddy’s «magic cave» and the things that happened down there. Gwen claims Krueger skipped town before he was arrested. Nancy does not believe her and attempts to track down the remaining kids from the school. Nancy eventually discovers that all of the other kids have been killed, most of them in their sleep. Meanwhile, Quentin tries to accept that everything is nothing more than repressed memories, but he falls asleep during swim practice and witnesses what really happened to Krueger. Quentin sees everyone’s parents hunt down Krueger, and then burn him alive. Quentin and Nancy confront Quentin’s father, Alan Smith (Clancy Brown), about the reality they murdered Krueger with no actual evidence that he had committed any crime. Nancy and Quentin, who both begin sporadically dreaming while they are awake as a result of insomnia, decide to go to the preschool and learn what they can about Krueger.
On the way, Nancy falls asleep and is attacked by Freddy, but when Quentin wakes her up they discover she has pulled a piece of Freddy’s sweater out of the dreamworld and into reality. Quentin takes Nancy to the hospital for cuts on her arm; there, he steals some adrenaline and a syringe to help them stay awake. Nancy and Quentin leave the hospital and eventually make it to the preschool. Quentin uncovers Krueger’s «magic cave» and the evidence that proves Krueger was physically and sexually abusing all of the children. Nancy decides the only way to end this is to pull Krueger out of their dreams and kill him in reality. Quentin tries to stay awake long enough to pull Nancy out of her dream when she has Freddy, but he falls asleep and is attacked. Krueger then goes after Nancy, and explains that he intentionally left her for last so she would stay awake long enough that when she finally fell asleep, she would no longer be able to wake back up. While Nancy struggles with Freddy, Quentin wakes and uses the adrenaline to bring Nancy up and pull Freddy into reality. With Krueger distracted by Quentin, Nancy uses a broken paper cutter blade to cut Freddy’s gloved hand off, and then slice his throat. Afterward, Nancy torches the secret room, with Krueger’s body left inside, while she and Quentin leave. Nancy and her mother return home from the hospital, with Nancy being told she should get some sleep. Krueger suddenly appears in a mirror’s reflection and kills Nancy’s mother before pulling her body through the mirror while Nancy screams.
What were the main flaws with the nightmare on elm street remake? — quora
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9 the hat wasn’t finalized until a month into filming
If Warner Bros had released their A Nightmare on Elm Street remake without Freddy’s iconic fedora, glove, or striped sweater, fans would have lost it. Thankfully, the people working on the film knew how important these three components of Freddy were.