Friday, April 30, 2010

My Review of Nightmare on Elm Street


I'm back from seeing the remake of Nightmare on Elm Street and I have to say... The original is better, however this version wasn't bad.

I know, I know, I should be used to this by now, but I had to give this a try. But I'll say it again, the original is better.

Here's why (bullet point time)
  • Freddy's face almost seems nicer in the updated version. In the original, he looked scarier.
  • The opening credits sucked, a waste of time for 4 minutes.
  • Kellan Lutz's scene could have been left out.
  • All the names were changed, but Nancy's.
  • I didn't care for the updated version of Nancy. Her role didn't come to life until the last 35 minutes of the movie. Plus, they made her kind of goth-ish and nonchalant, not the feisty 'Nancy' Heather Langenkamp gave us.
  • Freddy was not a child murderer, he was a molester in this version. I felt like this change took the 'horror' factor away from Freddy.
  • Jackie Earle Haley did a great job as Freddy. Love Jackie.
  • The famous 'Freddy coming through the wall' scene SUX in the new version.
  • The dreams were not fun or scary, but creative.
  • There were no 'long arms' sceneno pulling Glenn down into the bed and blood flood the ceiling... No, just a bunch of 'jump' scenes.
  • The characters were boring, noone stood out. But Jackie/Freddy.
  • We learned more about the parents of the Elm Street kids.
  • Nancy didn't have a Cop dad, in fact, she had no dad.
  • They didn't seem like High School students, more like college kids.
  • I enjoyed Rooney Mara, I just wished we got more 'Nancy' out of her.
  • I was bored from this version.
  • Honestly, there was no reason to remake this. It didn't increase the value of the story or Freddy's or Nancy's characters.
  • The 'mother ending' scene was slightly better in the updated version.
In all, this wasn't a bad movie. Far better than the Friday the 13th remake. This was a decent take, but nowhere close to the original.

3 comments:

robertga99 said...

I saw the previews and wondered why they decided to remake it. The original was scary and good. Not all the sequels though...they got corny.

Michael Rivers said...

Interesting. I plan to see this next weekend. Sucks they didn't do the long arm scene. That is one of the creepiest in the original.

SteveA said...

I am going to see it. I am a huge fan of the original (which launched the career of Johnny Depp - it was his 1st movie).

Also Nancy in the original seemed a better character - she seemed nice and she really played the role well.

Thanks for the review.

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