A Nightmare on Elm Street Review


May 19th, 2011

Ninety-five percent of the time, a horror-remake will turn into becoming a living nightmare for us audience members. The makers of 2009's "Friday the 13th" reboot, which was slightly better than this, take Wes Craven's classic 1980 dream-slasher to a level it was never meant to be brought to. Jackie Earle Haley, who is an honest-to-God great actor in my opinion, just doesn't click when it comes down to him playing the famous killer--Freddy. I remember when this movie was in production, and I heard that it was possible for Billy Bob Thornton to play the role of Freddy, does anyone else agree that would have been a better choice? I just feel like Haley was soppy and cast poorly for the role and I didn't like the idea of making Freddy darker and having a much more serious tone. That just made this movie much more lame and harder to enjoy. Watching Freddy kill without a few laughs pinched in is like watching a cat chase a laser. Most of the kills in the movie felt like updates of the classic original, so nothing ever felt new or shiny but I can give the movie some credit for an awesome, brutal opening sequence that sadly led to misfortune.


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