Below are some quotes published by Horror-Movies.ca from the Nightmare on Elm Street panel at the San Diego Comic Con.
Jackie Earle Haley on playing Freddy
"I thought it would be really interesting giving him a Scottish accent. Not sure why. Think it works though. No, I think it’s definitely a scary process trying to step into the shoes of Robert Englund who has owned this character for decades. He’s done a brilliant job with it. His embodiment, his performance is what makes Freddy who he is."
"The challenge now is going back in time and paying homage to this first movie and rebooting it. It was kind of important again to have these qualities that you’re familiar with, the sweater, the hat and the gloves, things we know but also to try to find a freshness and a newness to this re-envisioning. I think the makeup, the Andrew Clement designed, it’s incredible. I think where Sam and I were coming from with it is darker, more serious, less jokey."
"Definitely. Daunting, scary and just super exciting and thrilling at the same time. I mean, just the notion, when these guys asked me to play Freddy Krueger, just the notion… it’s a thrill. It’s scary and it’s a thrill. Again, because somebody has owned the character for so long, but what a wonderful opportunity to get to steup in."
Samuel Bayer on the dream sequences
"I think our dreams are pretty imaginative. I think it’s one of the things that dates the original series. I look at the original series and sometimes the films look like they wre made in 1988 or whenever. When they go into dreamworld it’s cloudy and smoky and fog machines. I think you’ll see we did a much more sophisticated 20th century take on the dream sequences. They’re integral part of the movie. That’s what separates this from a maniac running around with a hatchet. Thought out, very intricate, beautiful. They’re not just scary places. They’re beautiful to look at."