A Nightmare on Stupid Street

April 6, 2009

Wow, twice in one week?

IMDB.com is my go-to place for movie information. It’s probably the same for you. For more than a decade, I have hit the Internet Movie Database for details about the movies I like (or don’t like).

I did try their forums once, but hey, I can only take so much bad spelling and stupidity.

Today, though, the IMDB news team has taken a page from its own forum trolls and managed to screw up, not once, but twice. Nothing major, just sloppiness that could have been prevented with good editing. Let’s review.

First: this piece: Jackie Earle Haley, star of Watchmen, The Bad News Bears, Breaking Away and Damnation Alley, is to play Freddy Krueger in the new Nightmare on Elm Street remake. It’s a typical IMDB WENN news brief, but it has this line: Watchmen actor Haley will slip on his famous mask in a new sequel due to start shooting in the U.S. next month.

Famous mask? No, that was the other guy. And that other guy. Jason. Michael. Not Freddy.

Second on IMDB today is a brief about actor Kyle Gallner taking over for Johnny Depp in the Nightmare remake. He’ll play the lead victim, who is now named Quentin. In the short article is this line: Depp played Glen Lantz in the 1984 classic and now Gallner will dabble with villainous ghoul Freddy Krueger 15 years later.

1984 + 15 = 1999. Just saying.

I’ve dealt with the disappearance of newspaper editors at the Weather Station before. We’re a dying breed. As the blogosphere takes over, the concept of text editors is falling away. We no longer matter. Writers can write and publish instantly. And they can make mistakes, which I do, but I never come out of the basement.

But IMDB is a business. Like actual newspapers or magazines, it is a legit source of information. And therefore it has to be held to a higher standard. Check this stuff, people. Edit it before it gets out there.

Maybe I’m too late. Hey, I was reading the new novel by Pulitzer-winner Stephen Hunter the other day, and spotted a typo in the text. Even book publishers are falling down on the job. Maybe language is devolving back to 19th century standards, when names were spelled any which way and words didn’t matter, as long as the meaning made it across.

Anyway, if you want more on Freddy and Nightmare, listen to the very, very amazing Canadian podcast Horror Etc.’s three-part series on the subject.


One comment

  1. Yesterday I was reading an article about a white supremacist’s dying repentance, and they mentioned that he collects clocks, including ‘Westministers'[sic]. And people wonder why I don’t assign more papers in my classes…it’s just too depressing to read them.

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