The new Nightmare on Elm Street may have gone overboard trying to make Freddy Krueger scary again: The filmmakers shot some scenes that were too intense to make the final cut. (Spoilers ahead!)
Star Thomas Dekker, who plays Jesse, described a scene he performed in a jail cell that ended up getting removed from the final cut. Fans of the original series may recall a similar sequence involving Tina's boyfriend, Rod, who also ended up in a jail cell. Dekker's scene is way different.
"What I did originally was really exhausting," Dekker said in an exclusive interview this week in Beverly Hills, Calif. "In the film, it's just I fall in the cell. We did a lot of footage of me just thrashing myself around the cell and blood flying everywhere, so much so that the other actor who was in the cell with me was really disturbed at the end of the first take of it. I think I definitely hurt myself doing that stuff, but I'm a little masochistic. That was my idea."
The climactic battle between Freddy (Jackie Earle Haley) and Nancy (Rooney Mara) that you'll see is also shorter than the one originally filmed. Director Samuel Bayer explained why he thinks less is more.
"There's a whole fight scene, and the confrontation with Nancy that's completely different," Bayer said in a separate interview. "I don't want to give too much away, but there was an earlier ending. I certainly prefer what's out right now, but Jackie is very creepy in it, and we put a lot of work into it."
There were some other sequences that SCI FI Wire saw when we visited the set of A Nightmare on Elm Street in Chicago last year. But we're assured that anything Bayer took out was for the good of the film.
"There's some stuff that isn't in the movie that—all I can say is I'm glad it's not in the movie," Bayer continued. "It's a process. There are ideas that we had that were in the script that I'm not so sure worked when we actually executed them. I certainly believed in them when I started doing it, but I think as a whole, myself, the producers, the studio looked at it and said, 'Wow, this works, this works and this works, but this idea here we don't get. We don't get it.' That's the wonderful opportunity making a film, is that we were able to look at that stuff and say, 'OK, we can change this.'"
One of the nightmares that remains in the film has Nancy wading through a hallway of thick goo. That sequence may last a minute in the film, but it was an all-night ordeal for Mara. "It was gross," Mara said in a press conference. "That was really the longest day of my life. I don't even know how many hours we shot that day. At the end of that night I actually fainted. It was fun at first. I got in there and I was like, 'This is great.' Kyle [Gallner] was going to get in. We were all going to get in that little party, but at the end of the night it was just freezing. I was hypothermic, especially when I had to go under. It was really scary, because it was so thick. It was really thick, and my clothes were like 20 [pounds]. They just soaked it all up, so my clothes were so heavy."
At least Mara knew it was safe. The crew assured her that the goo was nontoxic, should she accidentally swallow any of it. "I know it was edible, but I don't know what [it was]," Mara said. "I didn't ask for the recipe. I didn't want to make it."
A Nightmare on Elm Street opens Friday.