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A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010
Tuesday, 04 May 2010 10:24

A Nightmare on Elm StreetFreddy’s back – but is it really any surprise since this horror movie icon has been revived in at least seven films and two television series’? But hey, short term memory ain’t what it used to be, so let’s just start all over and pretend all that didn’t happen... 26 years later Freddy is getting a facelift and reliving the first nightmare all over again.

A Nightmare on Elm Street is a remake of the classic 1984 horror flick. I actually had never seen the originals until a few months ago if you can believe it! Watching it so many years later I was struck by two things: 1) “Is that Johnny Depp?” and 2) at how inventive it was. The remake can claim neither Johnny Depp nor inventiveness. It seems to me that remaking a franchise that is still alive and well was kind of unnecessary.

Rooney Mara as NancyNancy (this time round played by Rooney Mara) is a high school student who has been plagued by nightmares. When other kids start dying, claiming a mysterious burned man in their dreams is trying to kill them, she knows exactly who they are talking about. Running on coffee and terrified of falling asleep, she has to find out what Freddy wants and how she can stop him.

Jackie Earle Hayle as FreddyI feel this movie was mostly mediocre. The new Freddy, played by Jackie Earle Hayley, is darker and grittier than Robert Englund’s iconic portrayal. He’s also a child molester, which to me was an unnecessary addition. The original Freddy plays cat and mouse with his victims – he does this with a mischievous glee that turns killing into a game. In the new version he simply likes to scratch his knife claws on metal and make a lot of irritating noise.

Overall, it isn’t terrible but I’m betting you’ll have a lot more fun re-watching the originals, cheesy acting and all.

Sidebar Notes:

The Nightmare on Elm Street franchise started the film careers of Johnny Depp and Patricia Arquette.

Nightmare creator Wes Craven was never involved in the remake and has publicly spoken out against it.