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A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET

June 1, 2010 Leave a comment

7.5 / 10

It’s safe to say that in the past ten or so years Hollywood has lost a considerable amount of originality, and has plummeted into the inescapable abyss of reinvention/reinterpretation. Aside from growing acquisitions on big name and cult-followed comic books and characters, we see an influx of remakes that simply create a mockery of the way a story was originally envisioned to be told. Adding itself to that list is the new “A Nightmare on Elm St:” A film widely considered to be one of the best horror movies of all-time.

Let’s all start by giving Robert England a loud round of applause; apparently a ninth nightmare (including Freddy vs. Jason) wasn’t on the mind of the famous face of the original demented dream haunting “Freddy Krueger.” Putting on the raggedy green and red sweater and brown hat is Jackie Earle Haley. Haley does a good job; of course, he isn’t Robert England, so dismiss your expectations of seeing a similar Freddy than you’re used to. We certainly see a lot less of a “playful, almost cheesy” Freddy in Haley, as we did with England and the vision of Wes Craven. This reinvention of Krueger proves to be a much more dark and evil character, as opposed to the playful and often laughable traits of the old. Makeup is way overdone, but seemingly compliments well this new, dark, and more vengeful Freddy.

Overall we are introduced to characters we don’t care about due to terrible development. Death scenes were fairly anti-climactic seeing we had just as much connection with these characters as we would an extra with no speaking parts. And once again, Hollywood further proves that horror these days is merely shock value and blood and gore. I envision a room of executives with their suit and ties on and blackberry’s in hand discussing what previous movies and franchises we could capitalize on and simultaneously destroy.

While the movie did callback on some memorable scenes from the original, which were hardly impressive, they succeeded in excluding one of the more interesting one’s: Nancy’s boyfriend. Countless times I’ve put in the original Nightmare just to watch that one scene; not that it would have completely changed my opinion of this movie, but it was something I was sure to be included. But it didn’t surprise me that much after being thoroughly disappointed that Nancy, our Protagonist, wasn’t the first one to stir suspicion of their nightmares being frighteningly related.

This movie certainly follows the trend of all the other horror remakes this decade, putting a new face on horror. The concept of implied gore and character centricity are long gone and replaced by gratuitous gore and shock value, collectively contributing to an indirect kick in the face to the original story-tellers of some of the most widely popular horror movies of all time.