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  • Nov 12, 2010


Remakes are a crazy thing because no matter what people will have certain expectations for it, even if they don't mean to. In this day and age remakes are becoming the norm while originality is becoming a thing of the past, kinda. Don't get me wrong I like remakes for the most part because I believe that they help to showcase something that once was off to a new generation. But the end results are mostly negative with the exception of a few remakes, but even the ones you hate are liked by some one else

So when I heard that "A Nightmare on Elm St." was being remade I was kinda excited, until I learned Robert Englund was not playing Freddy. I am not one to hate on someone for trying something new though so I quickly got back to high spirits for this. Now I tried not to have expectations but I fear I did a little, whether it hurt the film or not is up for debate. I say that because I also learned it was being produced by Michael Bay which I knew for most people would mean doom. I though am not a Bay hater and in fact think he is capable of making entertaining films, those mostly have things that go "boom" in them. I though his other horror productions were ok for the most part, "Friday The 13th" was ok for what it was as was "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" films. So I thought this had a chance of being at least entertaining.

This is basically a straight retelling of the first film about the kids who are now in high school having dreams about a burnt man. This burnt man of course is every one's favorite dream demon Freddy and he is out for revenge. It seems he used to really care for these kids and look after them until that day he was burned alive by the parents. Why did they do that, well that is the question the kids are trying answer themselves before he kills them. They are not safe any where in this film including the police station, if the sleep they die, simple.

This movie is basically the same film but with one [other than a new Freddy {more on that later}] thing totally different, the feel of the film. The first film actually felt like a horror film and had a great atmosphere about it. This one on the other hand feels more like a murder mystery since it wants to make you feel like Freddy was wrongfully killed. Not sure if it is just me here but my brother and I felt the exact same way about this. If fact he was the first to voice that it felt like a murder mystery, well done Bro. that of course takes the dread out of the film but once again could just be me.

Another thing that was kinda good and bad at the same time was the young cast, that acting here is kinda off. At times the young victims in this movie do well while at others they feel just like your average horror movie body waiting for a death. I am sure if you have seen it you know what I am talking about, I guess that is what they were going for. Director Samuel Bayer did a good job visually here as the film looks good and the deaths look great but that is also kind of a mixed bag. While the film does look great it forgets the grittiness of the original which takes me back to the lack of dread in the atmosphere here. I can see what Bayer and writer Wesley Strick were trying to do but it kinda hurt the film.

I will say that I did like Jackie Earley Harley in this film; he made for a good new Freddy since he looks and sounds creepy in the film. I also like the fact that they made Freddy evil again and it seems most people agree with that point. Also the film is not as bad as it sounds reading this; it just feels like your average new age horror flick. I know people who liked this, loved this, and ones who hated it so like I said earlier it worked for some people. I would recommend this as a rental because it might be for you; I kinda liked it since I was warned ahead of time.


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January 20, 2011
I wasn't too thrilled about this one and I watched it twice just so I could be fair in my analysis. Being a long-time fan of the original, I was rather disappointed. Jackie Earle Haley is a great actor and he really tried to pull it off but he just wasn't scary to me. And Rooney Mara is no substitute for Heather Langenkamp. I really enjoyed reading your review and am anxious to see what films you'll review next. Good job.
February 19, 2011
Felt the same way
November 12, 2010
This was ....meh. I guess it was alright (since the new Freddy was competent) but it sure wasn't impressive. Nice review.
November 12, 2010
Yeah it was alright
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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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