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A Nightmare on Elm Street [2010]

May 7, 2010

 Director: Samuel Bayer
Writers: Wesley Strick/Eric Heisserer
Producers: Michael Bay/Andrew Form/Brad Fuller
Starring: Jackie Earle Haley/Rooney Mara/Kyle Gallner/Thomas Dekker
Year: 2010
Country: US
BBFC Certification: 18
Duration: 95 minutes

Nancy, Kris, Quentin, Jesse and Dean all live on Elm Street. At night, they’re all having the same dream – of the same man, wearing a tattered red and green striped sweater, a beaten fedora half-concealing a disfigured face and a gardener’s glove with knives for fingers. And they’re all hearing the same frightening voice. One by one, he terrorises them within the curved walls of their dreams, where the rules are his, and the only way out is to wake up. But when one of their number dies a violent death, they soon realise that what happens in their dreams happens for real, and the only way to stay alive is to stay awake. Turning to each other, the four surviving friends try to uncover how they became part of this dark fairytale, hunted by this dark man. Functioning on little to no sleep, they struggle to understand why them, why now, and what their parents aren’t telling them. Buried in their past is a debt that has just come due, and to save themselves, they will have to plunge themselves into the mind of the most twisted nightmare of all… Freddy Krueger.

Welcome to your remade new nightmare!”

Freddy’s back and updated for the modern times for today’s teenagers but is this a dream come true for Fred Heads or is it their worst nightmare? The story isn’t bad but it’s almost the same as the first movie except for Freddy and his past, which they have changed. The characters aren’t really very well written, as half of them didn’t seem to have much personality whatsoever and you didn’t care about them at all. The acting wasn’t very good at the start but it soon picked up and from the middle to the end, it was mediocre but the teenagers looked like they should have left school a good few years ago. The character development started picking up towards the end and didn’t pace itself, which was another problem with the movie. The pacing was too fast at the start and felt very rushed as within the first fifteen to twenty minutes, the teenagers found out who Freddy is and what he does, there was no shock or nobody denying the fact he can kill you in your dreams. Even though the start was rushed, the middle and end started to pace itself and it became a little slower. The special effects were okay and the nightmares were cool to watch but the one thing that didn’t look good was a couple of scenes which didn’t look believable as the CGI looked cheap, however the rest of the CGI was okay. The direction and the script were average. I didn’t like Freddy’s new look so much, I prefer Englund’s look.

The question most Fred Heads would have on their mind is can Jackie Earle Haley match up to Robert Englund? After watching the entire collection, I can give you an honest answer. While Jackie Earle Haley makes quite a creepy Freddy Krueger, I don’t think he could ever match up to Robert Englund, he is Freddy Krueger. It’s better and more fun than ‘remakes’ such as Friday the 13th and Halloween, but just like those remakes (or re-imaginings) it’s just as pointless too. There wasn’t really any need to reboot A Nightmare on Elm Street as nothing needed to be fixed. Why fix something that isn’t broken? Luckily, it wasn’t disastrous and it did a good job. I didn’t find this scary in the slightest because it was like any other slasher remake/re-imagining. People who are new to the Nightmare experience will probably like this but for people who loved the original like I did, I’m not so sure. What those fans must remember is that this isn’t really a remake, it’s more of a re-imagining. While it’s the same as the original, it’s different too and I think that if the fans can enter the cinema with a clear head and not compare it to the original, they could actually find it to be an okay movie.

7/10
A pointless ‘remake’ but I found it fun watching it. Jackie Earle Haley does a very good job as taking over our favourite villain. However, don’t expect him to take over Robert Englund.

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