And he does mean ANYTHING!
The African-American writer/director who was born in Michgan but now resides in Florida is seriously prepared. Not only does he have a story in mind, but he has also created not one, not two, but THREE impressive trailers for the proposed film that brings a whole class of victims to Freddy Kreuger. He calls it Nightmare: Return to Elm Street.
How impressive you ask?
The trailers have garnered impressive numbers, with over 5 million views on his YouTube channel and over 10 million additional views on Facebook, and it’s roused the attention of some of the very stars and filmmakers he idolized growing up.
Take for instance, Ken Sagoes, who played Kincaid in both the third and fourth installments of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise.
“He was the first black man I saw in a horror film as a child,” Smith says. “It was amazing to remember that feeling of seeing someone who looked like me, and then to get a message from him telling me how awesome he thought my work was.”
He would soon hear from Renny Harlin (A Nightmare on Elm Street 4), Lisa Wilcox (A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 and 5), Ira Heiden (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3) and Jack Sholder (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2) who all offered their congratulations on a job well done, even though Sholder’s came with a little warning to be careful of copyright!
The trailers have also gotten love from popular YouTube channels like Imon_Snow, Dead Pool Party, and The Horror Show to name a few.
Could it be that the kid from Kalamazoo will find himself in the director’s chair for a new Nightmare film? It seems that every other year, there’s talk of a new film in a franchise that has a history of welcoming directors with far fewer credits to their name than Smith, so the real question is “Why couldn’t he?”.
Domonic admits it would be a dream come true, and he says, he’s even spent time talking to Vincente Disanti, whose Friday the 13th fan projects have garnered similar reactions, about how cool it would be for them both to head new films in their respective franchises.
“I think the fans would react well to it,” he says. “They know we’re huge fans and would want the best for both franchises.”
In the meantime, he’s filling his time working with some of the biggest names in the business like Kevin Smith, Gabrielle Union, and Danielle Harris.
Kevin Smith was particularly struck by Domonic’s trailers, remarking, “That shit was phenomenal! You should be proud!”
Take a look at all three trailers for Nightmare: Return to Elm Street below and let us know what you think!