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Katie Cassidy on A Nightmare on Elm Street

Published May 3, 2010 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of New Line Cinema
In the reboot of Nightmare on Elm Street, Katie Cassidy got to recreate a classic Freddy Krueger kill. Like Tina in the Wes Craven original, Cassidy gets dragged on the ceiling by Freddy in her dream. “The sequence of me in the bedroom, Kris being tossed around this room, shooting it was physically draining, but after seeing it it's definitely well worth it,” Cassidy said. “It's going to look incredible. Jackie scaring the sh*t out of me in all of these dream sequences was fun.”

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There are two other actors who have performed that sequence before. It was also recreated in Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, but Cassidy didn’t reach out to her predecessors. “I hadn't but I also wanted to keep it fresh and make it my own interpretation of Kris as a character. I invented her, so I kind of wanted to keep that and live with that.”

Cassidy must have really gotten into character because the nightmares plagued her off the set too. “I shot a horror movie before but had never had dreams or anything scary happen on set. So, as I'm shooting, thinking that would never happen, I actually did have an experience. I was flying from Chicago to L.A. a few times throughout our filming and on one of the flights I was so exhausted, but my brain was so used to going, going, going. My body was basically asleep but my mind was awake, and I think that I was sort of getting back into the Kris character. I fell asleep on this plane, my mind is racing and going and is awake, but my body's dead asleep and I remember seeing Freddy's face and thinking to myself, ‘This is just a dream, wake up!’ But you know that feeling when your body is paralyzed, almost and you're trying to wake yourself up? I think I ended up hitting someone because I jerked myself so hard because I was so freaked out, ‘Oh my god, this is actually going to come true and I'm going to die!’ So it did obviously have somewhat of an effect on me as I was shooting it.”


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It didn’t help that Jackie Earle Haley would socialize while still wearing full Freddy makeup. “Jackie and Freddy were so detached from one another that I forgot it was the same person. But I remember one night we had wrapped and he was in full Freddy hair and make-up, and he as Jackie said, ‘Bye Katie, have a good night!’ And I turned around and he was in my face and he was Freddy! It was so crazy. Something about it, it was so strange.”

A Nightmare on Elm Street is out in theaters now.

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

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