SDCC: The first look at the new Nightmare on Elm Street

During Warner Brothers' 2009 Comic-Con panel, producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller and director Samuel Bayer appeared in person to introduce the first footage ever from their upcoming Nightmare on Elm Street reboot film and field questions from fans and attendees. Speaking to an almost capacity crowd in Hall H, Fuller and Form said that they completed shooting just weeks ago, but that they were able to put together a short teaser trailer that promises an all-new but definitely familiar Freddy Krueger.

At the beginning of the clip, a very-much-alive Freddy Krueger (Jackie Earle Haley) is running from a group of parents. He arrives at a dilapidated factory and fortifies himself inside, only to have the parents to throw firebombs inside. As he wrenches off his jacket, revealing that iconic red and green sweater, the building explodes, engulfing Freddy in a wall of flames.

The remainder of the clip, which ran approximately three minutes, features Freddy coming to life even as he manages to send the kids of Elm Street to their deaths. There are many images that evoke classic scenes from the original film, including a shot of a poor, dead blonde in a plastic bag as she haunts the halls of main character Nancy's high school. In another shot, a girl wanders into a dusty attic, and as she looks around at the detritus, she notices a pair of eyes behind a box that flash at her, making her scream. Freddy's glove is heavily featured, but there are few shots of his face, at least not unobscured by shadows or darkness.

As the clip ends, we briefly see a boyfriend try to wake his girlfriend up, to no avail; subsequently, she rises into the air and strikes the ceiling, reminding fans of Tina's balletic murder in the original Nightmare on Elm Street. As the title card comes up, Freddy says, "Ready or not, here I come."

The new Nightmare will open a couple of weeks later than originally planned, on April 30, 2010, which Form told SCI FI Wire gives the movie the weekend to itself. We'll have more from our interviews with the cast and crew a bit later.

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