Jackie Earle Haley Talks Freddy’s Voice and A Nightmare on Elm Street Reshoots

Though it’s not even out of the gate yet, Platinum Dunes’ remake of the Wes Craven classic A Nightmare on Elm Street is causing lots of buzz — both bad and good. Fan reactions were pretty much split when the film’s trailer hit. One of the major concerns was the sound of Freddy’s voice. We admit it did seem kind of off. Then, when news of the reshoots came, things didn’t get much better in terms of being confident that we’re going to get the movie we want. Finally someone’s addressing these issues.

In an interview with Sci-Fi Wire the new Freddy Krueger, Jackie Earle Haley (a truly excellent choice), commented on the above rumblings.

Turns out they haven’t locked down what Freddy is going to sound like yet. “We’re still working on it,” Haley told the site. “There’s still more [additional dialogue recording] stuff to do, so it’s an ongoing process, I think, until it comes out”.

As for the reshoots — “We did do some reshoots over the Christmas holidays, and I feel really good about that,” he said. “Just some reshoots and tweaks that I think are probably customary for pretty much every movie that gets made.” When asked if he was a part of the reshoots as the iconic razor gloved killer … “Yes, I was tortured all Christmas,” he joked.

Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara, Kyle Gallner, Thomas Dekker, and Katie Cassidy star in this reboot of the Nightmare franchise directed by Samuel Bayer. Look for it in theatres on April 30th, 2010.

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  • LifeMi

    Normally I would be excited for a new Freddy movie. Hell, I remember being psyched for Jason X and Halloween Resurrection when they came out back in 2002. I’m trying hard not to judge the film based solely on Platinum Dunes’ previous “films,” but everything I’ve seen looks either mediocre or atrocious. I feel bad for Haley; with the right director and script, he could be fantastic as Freddy Krueger.

    • Terminal

      Yeah I still remember buying the bootleg for Jason X a week before it came to theaters. I still like the movie as a guilty pleasure. Don’t you people judge me.

      • The Woman In Black

        No judging here! I love Jason X. Out of all the sequels after II, it’s probably my favorite.

        • Terminal

          Right on, WIB!

          • LifeMi

            Nothing wrong with liking Jason X. I’ll gladly take that one over Freddy vs. Jason or the Remake.

          • Masked Slasher

            I like Jason X, too.

            My love for that series extends from ALL the Paramount films, and the first two New Line entries.

            After that … meh.

            As for the Nightmare refake … no thank you. Haley is a fine actor, I’ve got NO confidence in the production team.

          • Uncle Creepy

            Count me in with the lovers of Jason X. The flick was just too much fun.

          • Terminal

            Wicked cool.

            Glad to see I’m not in the minority for once.

  • Terminal

    I am really on the fence about this. On the one hand it could rejuvenate the entire franchise and add new depth to Freddy. On the other hand we could have another TCM or Prom Night on our hands.

    I don’t see how they can call this a reboot if the trailer makes the movie look like a shot for shot remake of Craven’s original.

    I guess we’ll have to wait and see.