Rob Zombie, Deftones, System of a Down and Slayer talk "A Nightmare on Elm Street"
Mon, 26 Apr 2010 08:02:13
Freddy Krueger's a real rock star.
More so than Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers, A Nightmare On Elm Street's classic villain has got a certain charisma and charm that could translate to the stage or even a record. Imagine if Freddy Krueger cut an album? It could most likely go one of two ways—he could go full-on metal with Slayer or Slipknot as his backing band or he could do some kind of Frank Sinatra-style lounge act. Throw a leisure suit on over that tattered red striped sweater and give him a martini to hold in that claw and Freddy could be the biggest thing to hit Vegas since Siegfried and Roy!
For now, until a record label steps up with a deal for Mr. Krueger, we can celebrate Freddy in all of his evil glory in Warner Bros. brand new A Nightmare On Elm Street, slashing through theaters this Friday April 30. In honor of the flick, ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino spoke to various bands about this new vision of Freddy for this exclusive feature. He sat down with Rob Zombie as well as members of Deftones, System of a Down, Slayer, Devildriver, HIM, Hesta Prynn and more to discuss Freddy 2010.
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Are you excited for the new A Nightmare On Elm Street?
"Once we get on the road, we see pretty much every movie, so I suppose seeing A Nightmare On Elm Street will be the first band activity [Laughs]. I know very little about it. I like to stay in a vacuum with a lot of things. I've seen a couple of pictures but I hardly ever watch TV, so I haven't seen any trailers. I'd rather go and check it out fresh. Sometimes, by the time you get to the movies, you've seen every good scene and every good moment. So I've pretty much ignored everything up to this point [Laughs]."
Chino Moreno — Deftones & Team Sleep
"Any movie that makes the viewer afraid of going to sleep is great! Usually when you go to sleep, you can escape shit. Feeling like you can't even escape in bed—that claustrophobic feeling—was definitely unsettling and scary as a kid when I saw the original A Nightmare on Elm Street. It excites me to see the new one. I can't say because I haven't seen it yet, but the new version looks like it gets deeper into the story. They tell the tale of how Freddy Krueger became Freddy Krueger—they show all of that stuff which looks really cool. It looks like it's going to be interesting, which hopefully it is!"
Shavo Odadjian — System of a Down & Achozen
"I'm so excited to see this! I would've loved to direct it, personally [Laughs]. Friday the 13th has been remade now and Rob Zombie did a great job with Halloween. I'm a big movie fan, but I'm a big horror fan as well. The things that you can do with A Nightmare on Elm Street and modern technology are endless; and someone did it now. It looks really different. It essentially seems like 1, 2 and 3 put into one film like Friday the 13thwas. I can't wait to see how it was done. In the trailers, some of the deaths resembled the deaths in part 1 and part 2—like when the girl is in her sleep and she's on the wall and the ceiling. I'm in! With CGI and the technology now, you can do anything visually. If you can imagine it, you can make it happen. Someone who's creative and classy could really tear it up with that film! The original is timeless; Wes Craven rules! I can't wait personally. Freddy's a classic character—he's a joker, but he's a pedophile. There's a true darkness in there. It's very controversial and hard-hitting. I think it's a genius story, and it's a tough job to remake a classic like that. Most people don't realize it's a classic, but you and I are talking about it like it's Scarface [Laughs]. There's history there."
Jeff Kendrick — Devildriver
"I am extremely excited for the new A Nightmare on Elm Street. Seeing the new trailer has got me thrilled! I can't wait to see Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger. When I saw the trailer, the dream sequences instantly hooked me. The modern film technology paired with the original script idea should make for an amazing film. I first saw A Nightmare on Elm Street when I was nine, and I was scared for life! Luckily, I'm able to enjoy the new version instead of running out of the room or hiding under the bed this time!"
Kerry King — Slayer
"Historically, for when the first Nightmare on Elm Street came out, I feel like it was cutting edge. If you look at it now, it's kind of goofy, but when I was a kid and that came out in the theaters, I was like, 'Holy shit!' It was just crazy. The things that Freddy Krueger did—he'd slice his chest open, he'd cut his fingers off, and you're just going, 'What the fuck's going on here?' [Laughs] I remember having a shirt from that movie that I used in photo sessions because I thought the film was so cool. I will check out the new one."
Jon Miller — Devildriver
"I am totally fucking stoked on the new A Nightmare On Elm Street movie. I saw the trailer and thought immediately that this is gonna be good. I was a little let down by some of the humor in the Friday the 13th remake, but Nightmare looks pretty dark....that's what I really want out of it. I saw the original Nightmare when I was eight-years-old and what completely horrified by the idea of a character like Freddy. I remember the school bus sequence in the beginning of the sequel and that was as far as I could get at that point. I would return to finish the film years later."
Matt Pike — High On Fire
"I was definitely a fan of the original. I love Evil Dead and Army of Darkness too. I haven't seen anything for the Nightmare, but we'll see, I want to check it out."
Ville Valo — HIM
"I've only seen two seconds of the trailer for A Nightmare on Elm Street on TV [Laughs]. I was really excited for the Midnight Meat Train when it came out. I'm hoping for the Books of Blood to be actually made as a series of films because there are really great, graphic tough stories in there. If they're done right, I think they could be transgressional in the sense of what Frontiers or Martyrs did for horror cinema. Hellraiser was a big deal when it came out, and it's a bit of an arthouse film to an extent. I'm excited to see something new."
"I am VERY excited for the new A Nightmare on Elm Street. I am especially excited to see how Freddy became the monster—I loved that about the first hour of Rob Zombie's Halloween remake. The trailer definitely teased you with that. The psychological aspect of why these killers become killers is the scariest part of these movies to me, so I'm really psyched to see the scene where they burn him. I'm hoping they'll show his mother locked in the closet 'Son of a Hundred Maniacs' and all of that. The original was a little before my time, I remember my babysitter letting me watch it when it was on TV once, or maybe she even rented it. I remember seeing the original Halloween around the same time. Nightmare didn't scare me as much as Halloween because Freddy was kind of campy (whereas Michael Meyers scared the SHIT out of me). I think the concept of NOES is more frightening than the actual film was so I'm hoping that the remake steps it up a notch. I'm really excited!"
Bryan Crouch — Hail the Villain
"I was forced to watch Nightmare on Elm Street 5 when I was really young. It'd been out for a long time, but I think I had nightmares forever. I just couldn't take it [Laughs]. I will end up seeing the new Nightmare once someone forces me to! Jackie Earle Haley is so fantastic."
Will you be checking out Nightmare on Friday?