It's hard to criticize a horror movie that scares the bejeezus out of you. Clearly, it's done its job. But the new A Nightmare on Elm Street manages to do so in a sleek, stylish way with a bevy of attractive actors and actresses and a bunch of sly teases to the audience, as if to say "You thought we were going to do something scary there, right? Well, we didn't. Instead we're doing it... not here. Nope. But how about HERE? Gotcha!" Knowing that something is coming is half the fun -- and all of the plot -- and Nightmare certainly doesn't disappoint.
You may recall several months ago when we at The Moviefile reported on the upcoming X-Files film and noted that writer/director Chris Carter was keeping plot details from the film so tight that crew members were only allowed to read the script in a video-monitored room. Now Carter seems to be delving even deeper into life as a secret squirrel: he's keeping the fact that he's directing a new film entirely under wraps. The Hollywood Reporter broke the story today that Carter is already halfway through directing Fencewalker, a dark drama starring Natalie Dormer, Katie Cassidy (David Cassidy's daughter!) and Xzibit. The film, currently shooting in L.A., is rumored to be a coming-of-age, semi-autobiographical (the longest word I've typed in five years) character piece. THR also points out that the film has no supernatural elements, unless you count the director's paranoia. What it is he has to be paranoid about, I'm not sure.