Friday, May 14, 2010

A Nightmare on Elm’s Street movie review

Warner Bros Pictures brings back to the big screen the slasher film that gives sleepless nights to the movie goers in 1984 – A Nightmare on Elm’s Street. The 2010 remake is directed by Samuel Bayer and starred by Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger, the role made famous by Robert Englund in the original movie. Freddy Krueger is a gloved-clawed dream stalker who haunts and kills his victims while they were sleeping.

The horror-suspense film is about the teenagers haunted by their childhood past and their parents made them forget it. Freddy return to their lives as a nightmare and start killing them. In order to survive they are forcing themselves to be awake and figuring out how to stop Freddy.

In terms of the storyline, the writers and director perfectly shifted the plot from 1894 setting to 2010, adding elements of the present times which were not shown in the original film. Sadly the mood of the film lightens and compare to the original, the 2010 remake became just a scream movie and nothing more. The plot weakens and the character of Kreuger is frail compare with Englund’s.

Freddy Kreuger is more than a gloved-clawed monster who kills in Elm’s Street; he became one of the icons on horror films, unfortunately the 2010 dream stalker lacks with the guts and sarcasms that adds to the terror that Freddy brings to his victims. The graphics overpowers Kreuger’s depth in the story along with his new look, it weakens the character and the story as a whole.

For those who want to be frightened and scream, I can still recommend the 2010 remake, just don’t compare it from the original and the rest of the nightmare franchise that has less graphics and more of the imagination. A Nightmare on Elm’s Street is still showing in all theaters nationwide.

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