June 7, 2010

Theatrical Review: A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

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.

Dirty fedora, red and green striped sweater, burnt face and the finger knives... who in the world doesn't know and love 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.
As Horror fans, we all know this story though some of the details have changed since the 1984 version; A creepy gardner/janitor molests/(possibly kills?) some kids, the local parents hunt him down and set him on fire, and he comes back years later, haunting the dreams of those same children, in search of some good old fashioned get back.

Man I love that scene. Both versions.
There's really nothing else to say in this section, as it's a remake and we all know what's going on here. There are some questions to be answered though, like can Tina and her friends stay awake long enough to stop Freddy? Will staying awake even keep them safe? Does anyone else remember how bad of an actress Ronee Blakley was in the original NOES?

One of Freddy's playthings.
A surprised as I was when I found my self excited by the trailer to this movie many months ago, I'm even more surprised that I liked the finished product better. The main reason that this movie even comes close to working, is the brilliance of Jackie Earle Haley's Freddy; that guy has been on a tear since returning to Hollywood a few years ago, and his version of Freddy is interesting. He feels more "real" than "monster" in the remake, which serves to makes him a bit more ominous than the original character. Kinda.

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.
The melding of the real and dream worlds was handled in an interesting way here too, blurring in and out when the characters are merely sleepy/sleep deprived and not just fully asleep, which makes Freddy that much more menacing. He can get you while you're half awake! Freddy also has the ability to pull you into a dream to "show" you something, or keep you there even after you die in the waking world. Small changes liek that added to the overall effect of the movie, which was a good thing.

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.

Love it!
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.
As decent as this movie was, Hollywood needs to scale back on the remakes. Keep a few here and there, like this one or The Crazies, but we need new stories, new ideas, and new directions. Hell, make more sequels, or maybe start remaking crappy old Horror flicks like C.H.U.D. or Don't Go in the Basement or something. There aren't many Horror Holy Grails left to remake after this one, and soon there will come a day when no classic genre movie will ever truly stand alone. Please stop the madness.

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!
Rooney Mara's naked upper back is all that we get here. Connie Britton's boobs did an awesome job here too, even though it was from behind her shirt... the same with Katie Cassidy's ass/pants.

No naked time for her.
"Wake up! ... You're bleedin."

Freddy's still comin' for you. Also, Don't let the janitor play with your kids.

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Sure it's a remake of a film that didn't need to be remade in any way, shape or form, but that doesn't mean it wasn't a good flick in it's own right. 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.


A Nightmare on Elm Street is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.


Let us not forget the bevy of beauties that starred in this movie. In fact, check below for some very attractive pics of the female cast members...



  1. i'm convinced you either a) saw a different film than i did or b) were on a shitload of acid when you saw this. i agree that opinion is all and it's also nothing, but this movie SUCKED. it's hands down the worst film i've seen this year, as well as the worst remake ever. EVER. funny, because i usually agree with your reviews on your site, and i dig the picture of barlow. but hell, man, this movie was a steaming pile. everything you've written here is patently absurd. i couldn't disagree more.

  2. I must have seen a different A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) than you did.

  3. What can I say, it worked for me. This is one of those movies that people will most likely really like, or really hate.

    Calling it the worst remake ever is just silly. When a Stranger Calls, The Hitcher, The Fog... come on, it's nowhere near the worst ever. You may hate it, but that doesn't mean it's total shit as a movie.

    We can't agree on them all, and this is apparently an example of that. :)

  4. I agree with Scott that its not a good film and I usually agree with all your reviews but it's absolutely not the worst horror remake ever. Hello. Prom Night. April Fools Day. The Stepfather. One Missed Call. All worse movies than this.

  5. I thought it was a competently executed movie -- nothing more, nothing less. Rooney Mara was a delight to watch, and the atmosphere of the movie was reasonably effective... so I guess I pretty much agree with your review, although I think that movie would have been a lot better with Robert Englund reprising the role of Freddie.

  6. well at least someone liked it...

    I sadly couldn't stand it. After watching it the next night my GF and I had a marathon of the original 3 nightmare films, and they just made me hate the remake even more.

    It just didn't bring anything new to the franchise. They would have been better off re-releasing a re-cut of the original.

    While I'm here though... if you get a chance check out "Harpoon" man that movie was mad awesome.

  7. This remake had a lot of potential... The problem with it in my opinion was just apathy on the part of the cast and crew. Nobody seemed to really give a shit that they were making a movie. Cassidy, Gallner, Mara, Haley have all done really solid work in their careers, but no one seemed to care about what they were doing here.

  8. Ronee Was A Better Mother Than Connie Here. Ronee Was A Bitter Boozing Divorcee And Nancy's Mother In This Was A Workaholic I Guess Because She Was Barely Seen Enough To Act Like The Concerned Parent Saxon And Blakely At Least Put Forth In The Original. The Grudging Teamwork Of Divorced Parents Was Kind Of A Plus For Me There. This Was Another Don't These Kids Have Any Parents? Movie