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A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

by

Jeff Nelson

...for a remake, it's better than one may think.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
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The Platinum Dunes production company has been taking classic slasher flicks and remaking them into a modernized versions of them. So far, their films have been hit and miss. Wes Craven made quite the horror flick back in 1984 with the original, but does the remake honor the famous franchise?

A group of teenagers are stalked by Freddy Krueger, a disfigured killer who hunts them in their dreams. As long as they're awake, they can protect each other, but once they're asleep, there's no escape. The basic story is the same as the original, but the remake tweaks most of the main story elements. It feels as if dialogue between the teenagers and Freddy Krueger was written by completely different people. The teenagers' dialogue varies from mediocre to absolutely lame. Krueger's dialogue isn't bad at all. Some of the things he says are extremely creepy and bring out the more serious side of Krueger that wasn't shown in the original.

For those who have watched modern horror and television, the cast will be easy to recognize. The cast of teenagers perform wellt for the dialogue they were given. Kyle Gallner (Haunting in Connecticut) and Katie Cassidy (Supernatural) perform the best of the teenagers. Every scream that comes from Cassidy comes across as real. Gallner does a great job with reciting even the most ridiculous dialogue and making it sound acceptable. The strongest performance of the film is by Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Freddy Krueger. He modernizes Krueger from Robert Englund very nicely. Many people were worried about his look and voice. He's perhaps the greatest thing to occur in the film.

Since the budget is much higher, the dreams with Krueger have become much better looking. However, the scene with Freddy Krueger coming through the wall while Nancy is asleep is terrible CGI, removes the viewer from the scene and makes the entire scene feel fake. This is made up for when Krueger is on screen. The new Freddy appears to look like a real burn victim and this makes Freddy come off as a bit more creepy.

Many people may hate this film, but it could have been much worse. It deserves credit for bringing in some new material and not absolutely dismissing a couple of the scare tactics from the 1984 classic. It's a disappointment that a lot of the footage the director stated or even some in the trailers didn't even take part in the film. The screenplay could have been more of a priority, but for a remake, it's better than one may think. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) is a remake better than a few of the later sequels in the original franchise, but comes nowhere close to the original.

My Rating = Three Stars

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