A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
The film that brings back horror icon Freddy Krueger as a darker and more sinister character than ever before. While Freddy is on the prowl a group of teenagers being stalked soon learn they all have a common factor making them targets for this twisted killer.
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OK right from the beginning I was trying to understand why this high school kid was hitting on like a 22-24yo waitress. Then I realized, oh wait, everyone who's 23-25 year old in this movie is still in high school. LOFL!! OK admittedly even the original cast actors 20-21yrs old (which was more common in "teen" movies back in the 80's, but not in 2010+)... But mid-twenties actors pretending to be in high school? This is really over the line. Who exactly is not supposed to notice this, the real 17-18yo's watching who wonder why everyone is 5-6 years older than them in the movie? Or people over 30 who don't know what their 25 year old friends or kids looks like? LOFL!!
This is not fun. This is despicable. Haley was given an impossible task of filling the clawed-gloves of Englund, and, sure enough, he just can't pull it off. His Freddy is WAY too dark, removing any mystery in his historical subtext, making him charmless and cruel. It's visually kind of interesting, and the teen performers may be the best of the series but that's not nearly enough to justify this cynical nightmare.
This is a pretty movie. Its apparent from the start, that this remake of the 1984 classic, has a pretty good sized budget to work with. In fact the budget for this incarnation was $35 Million according to Wikipedia. The budget for the Wes Craven original, $1.8 Million. You don't always get a better movie if your budget is huge, look at Avatar. You just get a really pretty movie that looks polished and has flawless special effects. Again, see Avatar. That movie was nothing but flash. The story is unoriginal and weak... and don't try coming at me with this whole "Shut up man! Avatar proved itself!" shut up! The larger budget in this case makes the movie look too polished to be takes seriously. Why the hell are we caring about watching clones of the Twilight teens being chased by Freddy Kruger? Were not. This movie didn't need a budget of $35 Million. It feels wasted. Some of the appeal of the original came from watching the director be a director and figure scenes out. This movie didn't do that. It felt trite and forced.Freddy Kruger is less of a movie villain in the horror industry and more of an icon. Everyone I knew growing up all had Freddy Kruger nightmares when they were a kid. Perhaps this new version of Freddy will serve to scare the poop out of kids these days. I would hope so. Maybe when they remake this movie again in twenty years they will bitch about it then as well. Who knows.
Being a child of the eighties, it was Jason, Chucky and Freddy being our Mummy, Frankenstein and Dracula, they were the ultimate entertainment culture icons. The Mummy and Chucky got a reinvention and returned to being fearful and the same treatment happened with this production with Freddy Krueger. I know the older generation want to dismiss this movie because now Jackie Earle Haley is picking up the razored glove, and Robert Englund was happy to pass on the role because it is good to experiment with a character to be taken to another light. If it was such a big deal that the role should be played by Robert then more contracts would be made that no Actors are allowed to play Freddy. The big difference is what the Actor would feel behind the latex mask. Robert Englund brought comedy to the role and has this Loki personality as a dangerous Child Killer, but along came the Series the New Nightmares and the horror is missing. Don't get me wrong, Robert is good, but Jackie Earle Haley was shocking like an animated corpse and countenance from Burned casualty Ward with vacant eyes, and has the concept that Wes Craven would want to portray Krueger was a Child Molester. Jackie was vile and perverted with his Victims and pulled it off well. The cast of the Teenagers were excellent, unlike the original who were fun loving and carefree with a habit of debauchery a bit annoyingly immature, the cast in this movie has expanded, the high school kids of Springwood that came across Freddy looked aged and troubled, you can tell they been through a lot with a secret past. The Script is well written, the special effects are a crescendo of cinematic dream-fest, welcome to trance world. This movie is so underrated and should be watched to be enjoyed otherwise it is a waste of time to judge a movie with expectations before seeing it. Forget the original for while and DO NOT expect anything that you normally want from this movie. Watch it without counterattack, you will see a master piece all over again.