Of all the modern movie horror monsters, razor-clawed Freddy Krueger is still the stuff of nightmares. Robert Englund played the horribly burned dream stalker in eight movies, the most recent being Freddy Vs. Jason
. Englund passes the claw to Jackie Earle Haley, the new Freddy, when the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street
opens on April 30. The trailer makes the movie look scary as hell, but nothing compares to the 1984 original directed by Wes Craven and starring Heather Langenkamp as Nancy Thompson, John Saxon as her police-chief father, Ronee Blakley as her over-protective mother, and Johnny Depp in his film debut as Nancy’s devoted boyfriend.
There are several versions of A Nightmare on Elm Street already available on DVD, but Warner Home Video, in conjunction with New Line Entertainment, is coloring the original Nightmare Blu on April 6. This high-def debut contains similar extras to the Infinifilm DVD already on the market, including commentary by Craven, Langenkamp, Saxon and cinematographer Jacques Haitkin, alternate endings, and three featurettes: “The House That Freddy Built: The Legacy of New Line Horror,” “Never Sleep Again: The Making of A Nightmare on Elm Street,” and the fascinating “Night Terrors: The Origins of Wes Craven’s Nightmares.” What’s new (besides a 1080p picture and HD sound) is a second audio commentary featuring Craven, Englund, Langenkamp, Blakley, producer Robert Shaye and co-producer Sara Risher as well as a BonusView feature titled “Ready Freddy Focus Points” where users can “see alternate takes and learn filmmaking secrets behind the nightmare by jumping to video highlights while watching the movie.” Nine, ten, you’ll never sleep again...