A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
What he said:
I remember when the trailer for this came out I thought it
looked fairly decent. It wasn’t one of
those remakes that I saw a preview for and
said “Well I won’t be seeing that one”. I was
interested from the get go for a few reasons.
First, Jackie Earle Haley was in it. You may or may not
know who he is, depending on your movie
history knowledge; he first gained
popularity as a child actor, most notably for playing
“bad-ass” (and baseball star) Kelly Leak
in The Bad News Bears. Then for
all intents and purposes he fell of the map. He was still
working, but not making anything anyone
really wanted to see. Then in 2006 came a
movie called The Little Children. I have never
seen this movie, but I understand it gained
some notoriety. From what I have read, he
plays a pretty bad boy in that movie, which is
important because it laid the groundwork for the
resurgence of his career. Since then
he’s played the sociopathic Rorschach in
the Watchmen, a mental patient in Shutter Island, and now
major creeper and supernatural killer
Freddy Krueger. The guy really does “off”
people quite well. I would love to see him do a mafia movie,
because his size and intimidate factor
remind me of something along the lines of
vintage Joe Pesci.
This version of Freddy is a few notches up on the “eww”
scale. He’s done things that the original
Nightmare actually dropped from the first
script because they felt it was too much. Robert Englund’s
Krueger became something of a parody after a
few liners. The movies became something
else. Freddy spewed one-liners like the goofy
troublemaker in the back of class. He also became something
of a whipping boy too – getting whooped on
by various teenagers over the years. Not
since the original Nightmare on Elm Street has there been
such a frightening version of this character.
The other reason I wanted to see this movie was because of
how Freddy looked, I mean that quite
literally. Even before Freddy became
something of a punch line the makeup always looked a little
fake to me. It simply looked like rubber.
This movie corrects that issue and is in
my opinion the best looking Freddy to date.
The characters themselves are nothing all that special.
They aren’t unlikeable and you don’t find
yourself rooting for their deaths like say
in a Friday the 13th movie, but there’s
just no wow factor. They are pretty disposable and are
merely there to be tortured by Freddy. I
actually enjoyed the movie quite a bit and would give it a
higher rating, but the characters were as forgettable as they
come. The original has such a strong female lead that the
bland characaters in this movie stand out a bit. That being
said, it was quite scary and Jackie Earle Haley's performance
makes up for that.
Rating: Thumbs half way up.
This movie review was written for your reading pleasure on
October 13, 2010.
What she said:
Sweet dreams….at least that’s what Freddy Krueger whispers
to his victims as he beckons them into his
world. Then he slashes them to
pieces, killing them both in their dreams and in
reality. And there’s lots of blood. Lots and
lots of blood.
Horror remakes, or even any remake for that matter, are
always risky. Why mess with
something good? And the industry
rarely seems to remake the bad movies (except maybe The
Hulk). Anyway, A Nightmare
on Elm Street isn’t bad. It’s
just not super duper either. Like all horror
movies it has those doh moments. And some stuff
seems completely contrived. It also
seems that this Nightmare is the story of a town of
single, and strikingly irresponsible,
parents. But that’s good, because it’s less
parents to get in the way of the gore and terror.
I can’t complain that I found this film in any way
boring. It’s pretty engaging from
beginning to end. Not because the
viewer is engrossed in the depth of the characters, or
watching any big lesson being told.
It’s because the color of crimson really
looks good on these kids, and it’s kind of interesting to
watch their physical appearance deteriorate
right before your eyes as they fall deeper
and deeper into the throes of sleep deprivation.
Here’s the thing that I’m just not sure about with this
movie. They try to explain the monster
that is Freddy Krueger. Who cares,
he’s scary, demonic, and
supernatural. He doesn’t really need some weak backstory
to show why he’s singled out these kids to
kill. Who cares, he’s psychotic. And
the backstory, well, it’s just kinda gross and
all it tells us is what we already know…he’s a sick
So, the movie is fun to watch, especially around this time
of year. But it’s no
masterpiece. I’ll recommend it, just
because it’s October.
Diagnosis: Thumbs mostly up.