Movie Number- 34
Title- Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
Branden’s Rating- 4 out of 10
Bridgette’s Rating- 5 out of 10
Average Rating- 4.5
Netflix Rating- 2 Stars
Comments– When I can manage to fall asleep at a horror movie that is based on the people getting murdered in their sleep, you know that that movie has messed up somewhere.
When Bridgette and I first saw the trailer for this one, we were pumped (me more so than her) as I list the original A Nightmare on Elm Street as the scariest of the “Big Three” (being Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Friday the 13th; I consider Halloween as the best series, and Friday the 13th as the worst series for those wondering). With this releasing tonight, we had set up the busiest week of my entire life to culminate with a celebration (that I survived it, assuming I would, in fact, survive it) by going out to dinner and watching the Nightmare on Elm Street remake.
Luckily I had a lot of good things happen to me today so that I can overlook our guest who spoiled the celebration.
To be fair, I am working on about 4 hours of sleep that past 30-something hours, so I am already exhausted; add in a dark theatre, and not a ton of action, and I guess I was destined to fall asleep.
What the original movie did great was scaring the hell out of me; the remake fails in this category, and instead relies on some cheap pops that aren’t even played out that well. The new Freddy was alright, but he just didn’t have the same kick that Robert Englund managed to muster. It is hard to get Rorshach out of my mind while I was watching Jackie Earle Haley portray this new, updated Freddy Krueger. It didn’t help that I found the audio work (specifically the mixing of the levels of sound, and where I was hearing the sound originate in the theatre) atrocious. The sound issues took me out of the Krueger moments quite a bit. The fact that the special effects did absolutely nothing to ADD to the story of Freddy Kreuger made me question why this movie was even remade. This movie was too far removed from the original to be a remake, but nearly original enough to be a re-imagining (like the recent Rob Zombie Halloween movies); this film is left in limbo.
But, I am not a movie critique, so I will leave the professionals to give you a full review on this one. I will just recommend you wait until this one appears on Blu-Ray instead of wasting $20+ dollars at the theatre. Not a good movie, and WAY too boring to be a Freddy Krueger film (they barely used the “One-Two: Freddy’s Coming for You; Three-Four: better shut the door, etc” song! This is a perfect song to set a creepy mood, and this movie completely pissed that opportunity away). It is obvious this was made for a new, young audience and not for those who love the original. Disappointing-mediocre.
Branden has been a film fan since he was young, roaming the halls of Blockbuster Video, trying to find the grossest, scariest looking VHS covers to rent and watch alone in the basement. It wasn’t until recently, though, that Branden started seeking out the classics of cinema, and began to develop his true passion for the art form. Branden approaches each film with the unique perspective of having studied the art from the inside, having both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in acting. He has been a film critic since 2010, and has previously written for Inside Pulse Movies, We Love Cult, and Diehard Gamefan. His biggest achievement as a film critic, to date, has been founding Cinefessions and turning it from a personal blog to a true film website, housing hundreds of film and television reviews, and dozens of podcasts.