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'A Nightmare on Elm Street' comes to Van Nuys

December 15, 2009 | 10:00 am

Nightmare Freddy Krueger has some unfinished business in the Valley.

One of Hollywood's creepiest figures will return to the big screen April 30, 2010, in a movie billed as a "reboot" of the 1984 film "A Nightmare on Elm Street," which became a hugely profitable franchise for New Line Cinema.

Although the horror flick was mainly shot in Chicago over the summer, producers are filming two extra scenes in Los Angeles this month. The scenes will be shot over eight days on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank and on location in Van Nuys, where filming is scheduled Saturday and Sunday, according to FilmLA Inc., the nonprofit group that handles film permits.

Produced by New Line and Michael Bay's horror production company, Platinum Dunes, "A Nightmare on Elm Street"  is a new take on Krueger, the blade-wielding serial killer who kills people in their dreams -- and in real life. 

Directed by Samuel Bayer (the original director and  writer was Wes Craven), the film stars Jackie Earle Haley as Krueger, a departure for the former child actor best known for playing teen misfits Kelly Leak in the "The Bad News Bears" and Moocher in "Breaking Away."  After a long dry spell, Haley revived his career in 2006 when he received an Oscar nomination for his performance opposite Kate Winslet in "Little Children."

The cast of  "A Nightmare on Elm Street" also includes Katie Cassidy, star of the TV series  "Melrose Place," who plays Kris; and "Twilight Saga: New Moon" star Kellan Lutz, who is cast as Dean in the slasher thriller.

The reason for the local reshoots? A New Line spokeswoman said it was more convenient to shoot the scenes locally because most of the cast is based here. No doubt Chicago's winter weather was also a factor.

-- Richard Verrier