This week's releases involve a bunch of crazy and a lot of hair pulling.
There's been much talk and speculation about the relaunch of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise -- it may have a lot to do with the replacement of famous Freddy Krueger portrayer Robert Englund with Jackie Earle Haley, and the new, more realistic burn makeup the character sports, but otherwise the movie is pretty similar in premise and execution. But this is not the first time Freddy has been reinvented. In 1994, his creator Wes Craven wrote and directed the seventh installment in the series, Wes Craven's New Nightmare, which not only featured new Freddy makeup, but also a new, meta look at the character that would have changed the way we looked at horror films and at movies in general... had anyone actually gone to see it. Although it was the lowest-performing entry in the franchise, and led to a ten-year hiatus, it was the first one to go out on a limb and try to do some things differently. These are just a few of those things.