Monday, 12 April 2010

A Nightmare on Elm Street [2010] 3rd Trailer

The third trailer marks fever pitch in the campaign. The release date is no longer next year. We’re not months away but mere weeks – even days.

All I Have to Do Is Dream by The Everly Brothers plays over the first few seconds of the trailer. Horror films have a wont to use Golden Oldies and Easy Listening tracks as I’ve discussed before. The desired effect is to lull the viewer into a state of expectancy: this is horror after all. We know something bad is going to happen. That said the device has worn its welcome. Time for a new gimmick.

When the clock on the wall runs backwards it is a sign of demonic activity.

Every fanboy in the Horror Scope knows the origins of the legend. Wes Craven has stated it repeatedly. Is that the only reason for the Marcus Yeon character? What bearing does he have on the plot – if he isn’t an Elm Street kid?

This trailer elaborates more on the action. The set pieces look stunning – eg the blond girl’s transition to dreamscape. The chick falling from the ceiling - a la Tina in the original – seems to be released by Venom-type living liquid: it does not descend with her. The budget looks visible onscreen but that in and of itself does not guarantee quality.

Platinum Dunes’ work is done. On 30th April the public will decide.
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