New Line Cinema: October 5, 2010
From Amazon:I am a huge fan of the 'Nightmare on Elm Street' series. Which is exactly why I bought the new 'Nightmare on Elm Street,' I had to check it out. I love Robert Englund and all of his glorious-ness so I needed to see the new Krueger and how he did in comparison. Well, for me, no one can compare to Englund but Haley did a decent job. This movie was decent but it definitely wasn't the Krueger I loved. One of the things I loved about the original Elm Street movies, was Kruegers character. He was funny, and his voice is recognized worldwide. And through all the jokes, he has a deep, booming, creepy laugh. New Krueger sounds like a child molester...which is fairly accurate but he still has that sinister laugh.
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.
Krueger is the face of the Elm Street series. No one really ever cared about Nancy, or Glen or any of the other characters in the films. They were just part of the numerous victims. In the original, Krueger's kills were thought out, funny, inventive. But the new 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' does not have that same quality. Where the original was funny and creative. Kreuger would go as far as dressing up as a female nurse, or eating people whole, pulling them into a bed, crazy stuff in all the original movies. In this one, all the deaths seem the same. They all get pulled into the same place, die the same way. It's a little repetitive. Old Freddy's face is like...a horror movie icon, but new Freddy literally looks like a burn victim:
Despite all the comparisons, I really did like the new 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' movie. It had good acting, decent cast, and it was a fairly accurate remake. Nothing will ever replace the original Elm Street movies for me, but that doesn't mean that I can't like this one as well. It's more...realistic? haha. I definitely think it's worth checking out. It's a good movie even if it's not the original.
My Rating: 4/5