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1 star: A Nightmare on elm street? more like A Nightmare of filmmaking......

  • May 20, 2010

I am not a fan of the original  "A Nightmare on Elm Street" in fact I did not like it much at all  mostly due to the fact that for a movie with it's reputation it lacked everything a great horror film  needs it just fell flat when I needed it to soar. Sometime in mid to late '09, I started hearing rumors that New Line Cinema was looking to reboot the famed Nightmare on Elm Street franchise but then I had not seen the original so I had no interest in watching the remake. Well after much speculation and some minor hype for this film   I sat down to see the much talked about remake to the popular 1984 slasher film. Little did I know that I was in for a treat and a sour disappointment? Samuel Bayer's (another music video director trying to make it big) "A Nightmare on Elm Street"  was not the nightmare  I had hoped for  it lacked depth of character and  enough twist and turns to really  be called  a  true horror film instead it comes off as a two bit  SyFy channel "horror" film. That comes complete with hooky dialogue, extremely poor acting,   predictability on a scale so high that you almost want to laugh at this films expense and trust me when I say this, you will! The "Nightmare on Elm Street" remake makes the original and other horror remakes (The Ring, The Crazies)   look so good in comparison.



 Samuel Bayer's “A Nightmare on Elm Street" is as bad as horror remakes come this pretentious, gritty  blood soaked horror dud  does nothing but insult the audiences intelligence with  it's extreme predictability, its dreadful acting. its terrible pace  and useless characters which serve no other purpose than to be sliced to ribbons by Freddy which director Samuel Bayer, Michael Bay and  the writers Wesley Strick Eric Heisserer seems to think this is film making . If you want good horror, go watch the remakes of "The Ring" with Naomi Watts or the remake of “The Crazies" with Timothy Olyphant. This film wastes the audiences time and is a  waste of  time  it does nothing but  further prove that Hollywood has run  out of good ideas and is just remaking old films to try and see if they will  be a good payday  for the studios. One of the things that made this film  unbearable was the fact that you did not care about the characters, you did not care if they lived or died, you did not care who they are because they were so lifeless to begin with  that  when  one of them dies you feel nothing. You just sit there thinking to yourself, “Okay when is the next one going to die?". Samuel Bayer and his team have given this remake a convincing air of suspense, which is quickly undone by unconvincing sequences of events, and here they are Kid falls asleep ends up in nightmare, Freddy shows up and... Well you know the rest. It is one cliché after another, after another, after another  and that is that basis for the whole plot and story of the film to do nothing but serve up cliché thrills left and right with. It is a shallow and soulless  money maker  that takes the name of the far superior  original  and dumb it down so much that it almost is unbearable to watch at times, actually the entire thing is unbearably stupid and dull  so much that  it insults  the peoples  intelligence as  moviegoers.



I will say one kind thing about this film Jackie Earle Haley was fantastic as the maniacal Freddy Kruger. Haley brought some life into this lifeless picture but an extremely poorly written script with limp dialogue and no intellect watered down his performance, which could have been phenomenal. This film is what you call an atrocity. A mangled and twisted web of used parts form other better horror films to create this it does not live up to it’s title or the genre for that matter and fails to build upon the popularity and status of its character and the franchises history(seeing as it is a bad one at that). Samuel Bayer's attempt at a big screen transition has failed so miserable that you wonder why he was chosen or why they bothered to remake this film in the fist place.




The teen actors in this shamble of a film are bland, emotionless and total devoid of  intelligence  they give all teenagers bad names by making them look dumb and easy prey. The worst performance out of them coming from Rooney Mara who is playing the new and weaker Nancy, Mara sounds and looks like a three-year-old little girl in fact that is how she acts throughout most of the film   slugging and baby talking her way throughout the film she does not even qualify as good. She is more like... Like a scared cat  seeing  a car coming and  for some reasons does not run away  she just sits there waiting for the car to hit her and  it does you don't feel sorry that it happened. There limp and they move through this film with shallow intentions of just being paid instead of making art (which is what film making is, it is a form of art). They act as if nothing like making a movie is anything special and so they go along throughout the film. Leaving us with the question of who is going to be alive in the end and an even bigger question will you even care? The only good thing about this picture is Jackie Earle Haley's eerie and menacing performance as the sadistic villain Freddy Kruger. Haley is a good choice seeing as he has the skills necessary to play a dark  and brooding character like Freddy but Haley is brought crashing down by the amateurish direction and  mediocre script  making Haley  a somewhat frightening  yet tame  Freddy. Haley is right for the role he is just in the wrong film at the wrong time and it shows.



There is no magic in this film, there is no heart, no soul put into making it a real true horror film  it is done with mock  enthusiasm, it is mocking the original and mocking other horror  films and worst of all  it is mocking the audience  by toying with our love for  horror films. It is a cruel tactic to make money and an even crueler joke as it laughs at the audience. This film lacks everything a good movie should possesses to me it is nothing more than a renegade cheaply constructed Saturday horror matinee and even they were better than this. "A Nightmare on Elm Street" has no soul and no heart and without it the horror falls flat and so does the film fall with it. 

A Nightmare on elm street? more like A Nightmare of filmmaking......

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October 21, 2010
I liked this one as much as I liked the Friday the 13th remake, this was good enough. great review.
January 23, 2011
I hated both of these remakes they were just plain stupid and If I wanted to see teens die in Rube Goldberg style I would just watch "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" at least Leather face kills them quickly. And thank you very much.
May 21, 2010
Yup, Haley was great as the new Freddy and I pretty much didn't like anything about this movie after that, except that at the very least, Freddy is once again a creepy character...(sequels made him a comedian) nice review.
January 23, 2011
Haley was an excellent choice to play Wes Craven's demented sweater wearing villain I just wish they had put him in a better film than this. And I also agree that this film is a nice return to form for the Kruger character. Thank you very much.
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Michael Bay (Transformers,Pearl Harbor) produced this remake of Wes Craven's 1985 horror classicA Nightmare on Elm Street, which means updated shocks, computer-driven special effects, and a brand-new Freddy Krueger, this time played by Oscar nominee Jackie Earle Haley. Unfortunately, it also means a mechanical, largely scare-free carbon of the original film--the same fate suffered by Bay's remakes ofThe Texas Chainsaw MassacreandFriday the 13th. Director Samuel Bayer, best known for helming videos for Nirvana and Green Day, does well by the film's visuals, which hew toward stylized doominess, but the film itself limps from set piece to set piece, with the ones borrowed directly from Craven's original scoring the most impact. What's left are a group of dull teens on the run from Haley's Freddy, who proves unsettling, if not the dynamo that Robert Englund was in the previous franchise entries. Speaking of which, the picture ends on a note that suggests a follow-up is imminent, though some more inspiration is clearly needed if Bay'sNightmareintends to have the longevity of the first series.--Paul Gaita


Nightmare on Elm Street
 is a reboot of the popular Freddy Krueger franchise from the eighties and nineties.  Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen) will take on the razor glove as the new Freddy.  It is scheduled for release on April 30th 2010.

A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 2010 American slasher film directed by Samuel Bayer, ...
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Director: Samuel Bayer
Genre: Horror
Release Date: April 10th 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Wes Craven
DVD Release Date: October 5, 2010
Runtime: 95 minutes
Studio: Platinum Dunes, New Line Cinema
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