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An Interview with Chris R. Notarile, Director of Krueger: The Legend of Elm Street

by Mike Haberfelner

June 2016

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Your new movie Krueger: The Legend of Elm Street - in a few words, what is it about?


It's my fifth installment in my prequel series. Pretty much, each chapter was meant to show a different aspect of Freddy's life and career as a serial killer. This particular one is meant to showcase his demise and rebirth by way of fire, as well as give a fresh perspective on how he became the dream demon we all love to hate.


What were your inspirations when writing Krueger: The Legend of Elm Street (apart from the A Nightmare on Elm Street movies of course)?


Well, I guess you could say, I just really, really wanted to set Roberto Lombardi [Roberto Lombardi interview - click here] on fire.


With Krueger: The Legend of Elm Street not being your first Freddy Krueger fan film - how has your approach to the character and mythology evolved over the years?


It's pretty much become second nature to me. I know Freddy like the back of my hand and I know exactly how I want to portray him on screen. So it's really just a matter of deciding where and when to shoot.


Do talk about Krueger: The Legend of Elm Street's approach to horror for a bit!


In this installment we really wanted to show the birth of the dream demon. Seeing Freddy right on the cusp of becoming the Freddy from 1984 and onward. That was pretty much my only goal - kill off the Springwood slasher and introduce the dream demon.


What can you tell us about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand, and to what extent were you influenced by A Nightmare on Elm Street's legendary director Wes Craven when making Krueger: The Legend of Elm Street?


My overall approach is to make Freddy as horrifying and real as possible without compromising the character or his source material. I am literally trying to speak on behalf of the late Wes Craven and trying my hardest to write and direct how I feel he would have done it, if not given any studio restrictions. I am not trying to reinvent the wheel, I am just trying to liberate Freddy from his comical/remake bonds and give people back the bastard maniac we all love.


Roberto Lombardi [Roberto Lombardi interview - click here] plays Freddy Krueger (again) - so what makes him perfect for the role, what made you first cast him all those years back, and what's your collaboration like?


Apart from his uncanny resemblance to Robert Englund [Robert Englund bio - click here], and his amazing acting chops, Roberto was able to bring a fresh/young take to Freddy. With him, it was more than just doing an impression of Robert Englund's performance, he brought a whole new level to the character. I attribute a lot of that to Roberto's career in law enforcement and criminal profiling. After two decades on the force, Roberto was able to bring a certain level of understanding to being Freddy that you cannot fake. And I think that, coupled with his amazing talent and convenient likeness just set him apart from anyone else.


As far as I know, Krueger: The Legend of Elm Street is the first time Roberto Lombardi wears makeup playing Freddy Krueger - so you obviously have to talk about the makeup process for a bit!


It took about 90 minutes to get him in full gear, and that was with rushing. It was a pretty simple design too. I used a bald cap, then coated Roberto's face with several layers of latex. Then I simply added some cotton swabs for texture and then I painted everything some brown and red makeup. And for the finishing touch, I used black hair spray paint to dirty up his makeup and skin and give him that extra toasty look. That's literally it.


Do talk about the rest of your cast, and why exactly these people?


Jessica Buda who played Mary auditioned for me back in 2013, along with Jacob Flowers and Christopher Durbin. They were specifically cast because they embodied the time period I was trying to capture. As for Shannon McDermott who played the therapist, Shannon is a Blinky veteran and pretty much anything she touches turns to gold. So not casting her in anything is a disservice to myself.


What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?


Getting everyone to stop giggling and having a good time is probably the hardest thing I can think of. We are all just a bunch of big kids running around playing pretend in between takes. And I'll tell you, between that and the amount of dirty jokes, you'd swear were were all elementary students.


Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Krueger: The Legend of Elm Street?


So far, so good! I am eternally grateful to all the Elm Street fans who have embraced Roberto as Freddy and the work we have created together.


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As mentioned, Krueger: The Legend of Elm Street is not your first Freddy Krueger fan film - so what drew you to the character in the first place, and what can you tell us about the previous Freddy Krueger films you did?


In 2010, I was sitting with my ex and we were spit balling ideas of what I should make next and I had said, what if we were to do a prequel about Freddy? And immediately we both blurted out - ROBERTO AS FREDDY! YES! And that kind of set the ball in motion. In the spring of 2011, I began making the short and after that, I did prequel shorts for both Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers. But the critical reception for Krueger was just better and it subsequently motivated me to make a second and then a third and then a fourth and then a fifth. I guess you gotta give the fans what they want, right?


Can you ever be persuaded to make yet another Freddy Krueger movie, and/or other future projects you'd like to share?


Yes. Yes I can. As for future (other) projects, next up I have The Weary Traveler (A Frankenstein Story), which is a psuedo-sequel to the classic novel by Mary Shelley. Then after that, I'm not entirely sure. But definitely more horror to come!


Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?


@Blinky500 on all social media.


Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?


Hail Hydra!


Thanks for the interview!


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