March 3, 2010

Bad Poster: Is it Freddy or Michael Jackson?

This must just be a teaser poster for the new A Nightmare on Elm Street (it doesn't contain any credits) but man is it bad. It's not near as bad as this this but it's pretty bad. First of all, is it just me, or does Freddy almost look childlike? Krueger has always been the smallest of the horror icons, but c'mon, this is ridiculous. He's a child-killer not a killer who is a child. There's nothing menacing about how he appears
here; mainly because he closely resembles the iconic silhouetted imagery used to promote Michael Jackson concerts. This could have been rejected poster art for This Is It. Then again, he doesn't have to be all too menacing when he's chasing after... a resembles girl. That is what she's doing, right, just sort of melting in a puddle? She doesn't look too worried about Mr. Krueger being on her trail either, she's just sort of staring blankly forward. This might have been left over clipart from The Ring's promotional campaign. Maybe she's rising out of a well instead of melting into a puddle. Either way... huh? Finally, why do they appear to be in the hallway of courthouse? Isn't Freddy's stomping ground the gritty, dimly lit boiler room of an old high school? It looks like he's stalking teens at a snooty prep school in Weston, Massachusetts. What is this crap?

The original, by the way, had a great poster. Check it out below. Part of the seductive allure of horror movies to me as a kid, was in large part, based on the amazing posters they always had. They should be dark, sexy and ideally a little bit sleazy. Like the films themselves, the posters for the recent batch of classic 70's and 80's horror remakes, like Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, Friday the 13th and now Elm Street; seem like weak knockoffs. This doesn't bode well.