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From ‘Melrose Place’ to ‘Elm Street’

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Katie Cassidy strikes a pose as Ella Simms on "Melrose Place." - CW

This time last year, I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the movie set of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" in suburban Chicago. For a horror film fanatic like me, the experience was undoubtedly amazing. In addition to meeting the producers (Platinum Dunes' Brad Fuller and Andrew Form), the director (Sam Bayer), and the new Freddy Krueger himself (played to perfection by Oscar nominee Jackie Earle Haley), I was introduced to one of the film's other stars, the captivating Katie Cassidy.

Needless to say, I was beyond excited to meet the blond bombshell. Not only was I on the set of my favorite horror franchise, watching the gruesome, gloved killer stalk Katie's character, Kris, but I was also about to chat with the scream queen who has starred in two other horror remakes (2006's "When a Stranger Calls" and "Black Christmas") and who had recently been cast to play the resident bad girl in the highly anticipated "Melrose Place" reboot. The original "MP" is my guiltiest of pleasures, so meeting her was kind of a big deal for me. Long story short (too late), I was delighted to meet Katie. Not only was the 23-year-old daughter of actor David Cassidy ("The Partridge Family") strangely adorable in her dirt-and-blood-stained football jersey (yes, it was a costume!), she was sweet, thoughtful, and excited to be forever associated with two of pop culture's most iconic pieces of real estate, Melrose Place and Elm Street.

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"A Nightmare on Elm Street" opens nationwide on 4/30. - New Line Cinema

Unfortunately for Katie and her fans, it looks like "Melrose Place" will air its first season finale, as well as its series finale, on Tuesday, April 13. But from what I saw on the "Elm Street" set, and from the looks of the following film trailer, I think it's safe to assume that the horror reimagining will keep the film franchise alive for years to come. Katie's character's fate is another story. Find out whether she evades Freddy's blades when "A Nightmare on Elm Street" opens nationwide on Friday, April 30.

 

 

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