On the first day of Slashermas my true love gave to me Dark Night of the Scarecrow, on the second day of Slashermas my true love gave to me the 2010 A Nightmare on Elm Street reboot.
I guess my true love doesn’t love me too much because this movie was made of suck. Imagine the worst movie in the Nightmare franchise. That movie is still better than this heaping turd.
The plot of the movie is basically the same as the original, just with cell phones and terrible CGI.
Freddy Kreuger (Jackie Earle Haley) is stalking thirty-year-old teenagers of Elm Street in their dreams.
Literally, the only additions to the story are that Freddy lived in the basement of the kids’ preschool like he’s Leroy from The Bad Seed. Also, Nancy’s boyfriend, Quentin (Kyle Gallner) survives, unlike Glen. Nothing’s added unless you count bad acting. The kills are 90% the same as in the original and parts of it could be considered a shot-for-shot remake.
What’s wrong with this movie? First, the acting is worse than the most sub-par episode of Degrassi. Rooney Mara is pretty much the worst as Nancy Thompson. This character is iconic, one of the most powerful and cool Final Girls out there. You might want to put some effort into it! Although, I can see why she was cast in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as Lisbeth Salander, since Lisbeth has a flat aspect and is a borderline sociopath. It was painful watching scenes between her and Jackie Earle Haley because Haley was giving so much and she was giving so much “meh.”
That being said, actors can only do so much with such a shitty, juvenile script. The plot itself is basically a paint-by-number of the series. Why remake the series if you’re going to add nothing and subtract the tension and likeable characters? The original movie was iconic because you liked the characters and the kills were really unique. Since you liked the characters it was hard seeing them put through the ringer. Honestly, I never thought I’d feel sorry for Freddy Kreuger but everyone in this movie is so unlikable that he was basically the only one to root for.
At one point in the movie, I think that Quentin says something about how they were only five and would have said anything. THAT could have been interesting! What if the kids were lying and Freddy was innocent? That could have been an interesting tack. Nope, it’s hammered home with pervy dialogue and pictures that Freddy was a bad guy. Is it just me or was Freddy scarier when the sexuality was implied instead of explicit? The whole point of Freddy Kreuger is that he’s revenging himself upon the parents of Elm Street, killing what they value the most, their children. But in this movie he lusts actively after their teenaged children, which is weird since he’s a pedophile and really shouldn’t be into them anymore.
Why am I expecting logic from this nonsensical movie? Skip this movie and watch Freddy vs. Jason or something.
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