Tuesday night’s preem of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” at the Chinese evoked memories of the 1984 original.
“I’m so relieved that people were scared tonight,” noted director Samuel Bayer at the post-preem bash at H. Wood. “I’ve been under an intense amount of pressure on this because the original scare scared the hell out of entire generation. If I hadn’t done it right, the fans would string me up next to the ‘Iron Man’ billboard.”
Screenwriter Eric Heisserer saw the original “Nightmare” when he was a kid. “I was way under age and I snuck into the Satellite Twin in Norman, Oklahoma,” he revealed.
Fellow scribe Wesley Strick opined that the biggest challenge was portraying that area between wakefulness and sleep: “I spent a lot of time investigating micronaps, and I must admit that I didn’t sleep very well.”
Bayer gave particular credit to Jackie Earle Haley for enduring six hours of makeup application per day. “Getting all this right gave the set a real tension, which was very important to convey,” he added.
For his part, Haley says he’s ready to go again should Warner Bros./New Line want to make another “Nightmare.”
“It’s such an honor to be Freddy Krueger,” he said.