In Attendance- Me, James, Chris and Susie.
Cast Members of Note- Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara, Katie Cassidy, Kyle Gallner, Thomas Dekker, Clancy Brown, and Connie Britton.
Freddy Krueger to some degree? Freddy makes up one third of the Holy Horror Trinity (along with Jason and Michael), whom are so iconic that they are recognized by first name alone. What sets Freddy apart is that he's the only one of them that really requires an actor to play him, because you can't just use a stunt man in a mask... I guess what I'm saying is that he's the man.
|1/3 of the Horror-Pimp Triumvirate.|
|Man I love that scene. Both versions.|
|One of Freddy's playthings.|
The new Freddy is more of a molester than child killer, and he's actually killing the kids that ratted him out rather than just the kids of the parents who burned him alive. They are his "special friends", and the whole thing is just plain creepy.
|Another updated classic scene.|
Rooney Mara and Katie Cassidy did a nice job here too. Besides looking hot, they actually know how to act, especially Rooney. And what can you say about Clancy Brown? The guy is hands down one of the best character guys in the business, and he's as solid here as he usually is. A great cast overall.
In my opinion, the original NOES series lost it's way when it became more about Freddy's one-liners and jokes than the blood and mayhem. The original NOES, Dream Warriors and New Nightmare were about the only great ones in the series. The rest made me cringe more often than not. For me at least, this remake brings back the darkness, the blood, and the menace of the first and second flick. Not bad at all.
Jackie Earle Haley played Freddy as well as Robert Englund did. Yeah, I just went there. I want to smack myself in the mouth for even saying that, but it's true. Both performances are a bit different, but both are also effective and fantastic in their own way. Sorry Robert, I never thought I would utter such Horror blasphemy. We still love you the most.
|Still prefer the original, but both are great.|
Freddy got pretty bloody in this one, which surprised me. Of course there's no bed-geyser of blood in the remake, but the glove definitely gets a workout none the less.
|Band-aids are not in the mouthwash aisle!|
Freddy's still comin' for you. Also, Don't let the janitor play with your kids.
Jackie Earle Haley did Robert Englund's legacy proud and gave us a realistic, creepy Freddy. Remakes tend to suck, but some of them can be worthwhile, and this is one of them. Don't be biased. Check it out, and you may just have another Elm Street flick to love alongside of the classic ones that you already do.