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Kyle Gallner on A Nightmare on Elm Street

Published April 28, 2010 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of New Line Cinema
The science of sleep has advanced a lot since the original Nightmare on Elm Street. Now the producers of the remake can apply all new sorts of dream phenomenon to the kills of Freddy Krueger. Elm St. child Kyle Gallner shared some of the new movie’s new thrills.

Gallner on A Nightmare on Elm Street


“You have your classic dream sequences and you have a lot of things from the original movie, and we've also made a lot of things our own,” Gallner said. “One of the really interesting things you're going to see in this movie are the micro-naps. Essentially it's a complete blend of reality with the dream world, where sometimes you don't know if we're dreaming or if we're awake, which will make it a lot scarier for the viewer and it makes it a lot scarier for the characters in themselves and what they're going through.”

If you’ve ever drifted off in the middle of the day, imagine what Freddy could do to you in that short time. “You could be walking down the street and suddenly he’s in your face, and seeing him can wake you up and you haven't moved, but in this 30 seconds of being asleep you've gone through this complete and total hell. So I think the micro-naps add a very unique and different kind of dream sequence.”


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In real life, Gallner avoided and sleep terrors. “Filming horror movies is a very difficult thing so at the end of the day you're so worn out you just hit the pillow. You kind of just pass out and nothing really runs through your mind. I can only speak for myself, but at the end of the day, it's tough filming a horror movie. You've got to keep yourself amped up and it's a very draining process, so literally you get home and hit the pillow and you're out.”

Gallner maintained a healthy perspective on his costar. Even in Freddy makeup, it was still just good old Jackie. “Occasionally we'd be filming and he'd come in to get his make-up done so by the time we'd done a scene, he'd be ready to go. So we see him in the morning, like 'Hey Jackie, what's up?' And all of a sudden, Jackie's not there anymore. We see the Freddy make-up. It's weird. It was almost like it was a totally different person playing Freddy. It was very bizarre.”

A Nightmare on Elm Street opens to theaters on April 30th.

For the trailers, poster and more movie info, go to the A Nightmare on Elm Street Movie Page.

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