Produced by Michael Bay and directed by Samuel Bayer, A Nightmare On Elm Street was released on April 30th, 2010. The film is the re-imagining of Wes Craven’s original 1984 classics, based on the serial killer, Freddy Krueger.
I understand that it must be hard to try to successfully re-invent a film that has already been adapted so many times before. But to simply re-tell the well-known stories of A Nightmare on Elm Street made the film predictable. Scenes of small girls skipping and playing hopscotch, singing Krueger’s creepy chant. Murders in steamy engine rooms. Parents poorly acting so oblivious to the whole scenario. It was all a bit obvious, especially with the more recent Freddie vs. Jason. The scenes became too repetitive, and I started to feel like I had seen the film before.
The character of Krueger is played by Jackie Earle Haley a.k.a Rorschach from Watchmen. If you’re a fan of Watchmen, then you’re probably asking the same question that’s running through my head – Does Haley suit the role of Krueger? This is probably the wrong question because, of course, Haley suits the role. But this is why it doesn’t work at the same time. Krueger’s character became too similar to Rorschach’s. That same husky voice and spine-tingling presence; it seemed that Rorschach had only changed his mask.
The film then presents us with a typical horror movie. Are they awake/are they asleep? Uh-ohh. The pretty girl strolling around her room in a tiny pair of shorts whilst her boyfriend sneaks through her bedroom window. The naked shower scene (in this case a bath). Both vital signs that a brutal murder is about to be unleashed. And although the murder scenes were quite horrific, the audience couldn’t help but burst out into laughter every time. Another result of predictable storylines.
I remain undecided. All I can offer is, don’t expect anything new. (Though I will be going to sleep with the light on tonight!)