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A Nightmare On Elm Street 2010: Do the nightmares remain?

  • May 3, 2010
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In 1984 Wes Craven introduced us to a little character named Freddy Kruger, a true boogeyman.  This film introduced us to a new type of slasher featuring one of the scariest villians ever created, pretty much jump started Johnny Depp's acting career and spawned 8 sequels.  This is one of the best horror movies ever made and when I heard that a re-make was being made I was really disappointed as I feared it would suffer the fate of well...all horror remakes and end up being a very shallow blood fest.  So after seeing this just this morning i feel a little torn about it, so I'll take this step by step

Synopsis:  Nightmares have been plaguing the teens of Springwood about a burned man with a knives for fingers (Yes, I'm aware it's a glove bear with me),  When one of their friends Dean kills himself in the middle of a dinner after one such nightmare they find themselves digging up pieces of their own past while trying to survive the horrible Freddy Kruger.

Although this is in fact a remake of of the first movie and the basis of the story remains the same, alot more things have changed than stayed true.  For instance, several of the characters were replaced in order to appease this generation a little bit more.  One thing that is in fact interesting is we're introduced more to Freddy's backstory, which was a little cliche but in a slasher, no surprise.  There was one BIG difference and that was *SPOILER ALERT* Freddy was not a child murderer in this version he was a child molester. 
One of the worst aspects of this movie were the killings, as in the original they were creative and unique while in this one they seemed a little dry and predictable, so much so that I predicted one of them maybe 10 minutes before it happened.  There were however several referances to the original that were done very creatively 
The twists given were actually pretty well addressed and plot holes were very seldom seen.  Scary wise...not so much in fact I would call this as more of a dark mystery if anything, nothing was truely scary however you will jump once or twice.  STORY OVERALL: 6.5/10

Okay, I have to say this, Jackie Earle Hailey was an amazing Freddy Kruger.  Although he's only on screen for about 20 minutes he was definately the star of the entire movie with cruel jokes, an incredibly dark attitude and his normal total diregard for human life.  This Freddy though is much different than the Robert Englund version, he seems to be more interested in actual revenge and inflicting pain than making cheesy jokes; a fine change in my opinion.

That being said the rest of the cast was very forgettable Dean, and Kat (played by Kallan Lutz and Katie Cassidy) were almost text book movie teenagers and paper thin, as well as their acting.  The character jesse (Thomas Dekker) was, for lack of better word, okay with what he had to work with.
And of course to fans there's Nancy (Rooney Mara), she was much different and almost unemotional throughout the entire movie.  When it came to about the second half it was like someone turned on her acting switch and she was much better; sadly though that's really all I can say about Nancy she may have been important but she was very boring.

Taking place of johnny depp's character we have a new guy named Quentin (Kyle Gallner) we have an legitamately fine actor.  he gave his all when playing a paranoid insomniac and looked actually scared when it came to Freddy, sadly the only other good actor in this movie aside from Jackie Earle Hailey and Rooney Mara in the second half
CAST OVERALL: 5/10, 8/10 for Jackie specifically

Special Effects/Cinemetography:
Freddy himself looked fairly interesting as he looked like he was really burned rather than a rubber mask.  The only downside to this was that there was sometimes a lack of emotion in facial features but with Freddy, honestly, who cares?  The SE, were used well to give a chilling experience in the dream world and some of the deaths looked a little more realistic,  At the same time they had what I call the "Micheal Bay Syndrome" AKA special effects for the use to simply look cool, such as snowing inside a house etc.

The locations used gave a dreery and depressing experience, giving a sort of hopeless feeling throughout the movie.  That being said the final location was very cheesy, I won't say what it is to spare more spoilers, as it was a generic horror location.  The Boiler Room the teens all eventually visit gave a chilling look, and had a spiders in your veins feeling, especially when Freddy drags his claws across the pipes.
Special Effects/Cinemetography overall: 7.5/10

I'll make this short and sweet, very cheesy lines, some of which make you roll your eyes.  Freddy had some decent line but still, at the same time the original did, I mean it's a slasher for god sakes
Script overall: 4/10

Scare Factor:
This movie seems to think that no one has ever seen a horror movie before and sticks to the basics.  Such as, See killer, scene pans away, killer is gone, hero thinks thery're safe, and Ahh! killer's right behind you.  Some of the popping up effects can cause some jump factor but it really just relys, again on basics.  Killers saying let's play some games, creepy singing, scary little girlsm and such
Scary? Not quite but it's playful

Final Review:   To say A Nightmare on Elm Street is a bad movie really goes too far, the story may have changed but it sticks to the traditional scares.  The good lies in Freddy himself and the nestagia of seeing a new 80's remake.  The bad lies in most of the cheesy dialogue and scares mixed with some really terrible acting from some of the actors.  But I digress, it's indeed a fun movie and good in far as horror movies.  Is it a gem though?  Sorry fans, far from it but you won't be too disappointed.


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June 11, 2010
I'm VERY anti-remake unless you can bring something new and original to it and it doesn't sound like this one really has much to offer in that respect. I saw the previews in the theater and it looked very familiar. Everything looked like warmed-up Wes Craven--only when Craven did it, it hadn't been done before. Nice job evaluating the movie though.
June 12, 2010
Usually I am as well, especially when Americans remake Japanese films it's almost insulting. This one however, did a pretty good remake it was just still cheesy, which is like the original but they brought up alot of unique ideas in the remake. Plus believe it or not it taught me about insomnia and sleep disorders, they really knew that kind of stuff
June 12, 2010
I'll catch when it when it plays on cable for free I suppose. But usually when I see so many scenes from the original being reprised in the trailer it's not a good sign.
May 03, 2010
Nice breakdown. I saw this movie also and I had mixed feelings about it. I liked the new "Freddy" but the Nancy character was kinda weak. Nice work and thank you for sharing!!
May 03, 2010
See?  Writing your first review wasn't so bad, was it?  Very nice.  I may see this... eventually, but I'm not making any promises up front.  Hope to see more from you in the future.
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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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