A Nightmare on Elm Street
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Five teenage friends living on one street all dream of a sinister man with a disfigured face, a frightening voice and a gardener's glove with knives for fingers. One by one, he terrorizes them within their dreams--where the rules are his and the only way out is to wake up. But when one among them dies, they soon realize that what happens in their dreams happens for real and the only way to stay alive is to stay awake. Buried in their past is a debt that has just come due. To save themselves, they must plunge into the mind of the most twisted nightmare of all: Freddy Krueger. Jackie Earle Haley plays the legendary evildoer in this contemporary reimagining of the seminal horror classic.
Michael Bay (Transformers, Pearl Harbor) produced this remake of Wes Craven's 1985 horror classic A 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 of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday 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's Nightmare intends to have the longevity of the first series. --Paul Gaita
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They had some nice moments where the special effects come in and make the dreams feel like dream/crossovers. There's a scene where the people can't tell if they are awake or sleeping and slip in between the too worlds. That scene is probably the best in the movie and makes me want to rewatch it for that scene alone.
That being said, I feel the reason this movie failed was a mix of how the story was being told,writing,and the fact we all don't want to let go of Robert Englund. He's OUR Freddy. He played him perfectly and he was what Freddy was he did everything acting wise that made him feel real. The remake here was like a bad sequel. Which, I do feel bad for Jackie Earle Haley. He did the best he could with what he had. He's a good actor but this movie wouldn't have been good unless it was completely reworked and I don't think it will be done properly.
The one issue people had was the burns. His face was so different and odd compared to the original Freddy face burns. It was just odd.
All in all, Do I recommend this? If you like horror and you love Freddy watch it, it's not the worst horror remake. It's just not the same. If you can separate the original series to this one standalone movie it's pretty enjoyable!
The new Freddy IS creepier...very perverted, which is why I prefer the original Krueger. Robert England's Fred had more character and, at times, could be sort of funny. Not that I ever rooted for the monster, just saying.
In a nutshell, if you're just curious, give a watch- rent it for 2.99. Don't buy it.