I can already tell that I am going to be in the minority opinion on Platinum Dunes' remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. I found it to be a faithful (to a fault) remake of Craven's original that managed to respect both the source material and the fans while also striking out just enough on its own. This independence came not by way of any drastic script changes, but by delivering a slight variation on Freddy Krueger that is more monstrous than he's ever been. And while the filmmakers share in that credit, I think a healthy chunk of it belongs to Jackie Earle Haley.
So when Cinematical was given the opportunity to sit down with Haley and talk about his role and horror movies in general, I must admit I was kind of surprised by some of his answers. A few of Freddy's staple quips make their way into the final film, but because the story this time around defines Freddy's motivations quite clearly, I found it to be the most disturbing the character has ever been. It's interesting to me, then, that Haley's take on the character is a little more, well, old school.