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A Nightmare on Elm Street


Of all the remakes, horror or otherwise, that have been coming out lately, A Nightmare on Elm Street is the most pointless.

Luckily for the creators of the new version, I don't remember much about the substance; the actual plot, screenplay and acting in the original so there is little I can say about how this movie compares. This film lacks any imagination, fun, and genuine scares from the original and so even if it was at all well made, it still wouldn't have been well received. Fortunately for me, it wasn't well made at all, so I don't have to make the difficult decision of whether or not to recommend it based on its own merits or slam it because of it's inability to live up to the "classic" nature of it's predecessor.

Freddy Kruger was always more than just a monster. He was a menace. He loved what he did and he did it well. He was clever in the way he went about killing his victims and wasn't afraid to show pleasure in it. Not the sort of Hannibal Lechter pleasure where it genuinely made him feel "good" deep down inside, but more like how The Joker gets excited by committing a crime... giddy. This new Freddy is on a mission and you can tell. He isn't capable of smiling, but I didn't feel like he wanted to anyway. Killing is serious business to him and it shouldn't have been if the actor wanted to portray this iconic role the way it was intended.

The cast of relatively unknowns needs to stay that way. You shouldn't, and I don't expect much in the way of acting chops when it comes to this or any teen slasher movie, but these are terrible actors. We live in a world where it costs tens to hundreds of millions of dollars to make a movie and the cost of the ticket is reflected in that. The studios should respect its customers enough to put some money into the actual talent and less into CGI.

That being said, A Nightmare on Elm Street was successful in using modern technology to create more effective dream imagery and there were several instances when we were in a dream and I didn't know it until Kruger jumped out at me. Other than that, the director handled this genre classic with the grace and gentility of someone with blades on his fingers... and unfortunately, the new nightmare is A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010).

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