Monday, May 3, 2010

A Nightmare on Elm Street Review

Freddy Krueger embodies the horror of a recurring nightmare — literally. The villain of A Nightmare on Elm Street has been on the big screen before, beginning with creator Wes Craven's version in 1984. Now it's time for the new kids on the block to take a stab at an old classic.

When I first heard they were remaking this classic horror flick I was immediately turned off with disgust - “No, not another remake!” It wasn’t until after I heard director Samuel Bayer cast Academy Award nominated actor Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger that I started to show more interest. I’ve always been a big fan of scary movies and thought I’d give it a go… even if ROTTEN TOMATOES gave it a 15% – ouch.

I went with some friends opening weekend with hopes the movie would do exactly what I wanted it to do – scare me. And this remake definitely lived up to its promise. I probably screamed and jumped a dozen times during the movie.

Krueger is an accused child-molester who was trapped in a building and burned to death by the parents of a once-peaceful community. It seems the lowly preschool janitor wasn't missed by anyone after he met his demise in what was ruled a freak fire and so life went on as usual on Elm Street for a good, long time. However years later, when some of his now-teenage accusers begin to suffer horrible nightmares, it seems the bad guy is back with a vengeance. You mess with Freddy Krueger, you’re just asking for trouble.

As their numbers dwindle, survivors Nancy and Quentin are forced to confront the past they'd forgotten. They must face the unbelievable reality that Freddy Krueger has returned from his fiery final resting place and is hell-bent on killing them. The only way to stay alive, it seems, is to stay awake. But as the hours burn on, that becomes harder and harder to do — even when they're conscious, they're still prone to slip into "micro-naps" and fall prey to Krueger's wrath.

The dream sequences are very cool and realistic without going overboard. Bayer's use of neon colors contrasting with black shadows works very well, giving the film a dark and very creepy vibe. The special effects are pretty spectacular as well. While the film is rated R, it's more geared for a younger audience. Thankfully they forwent the needless nudity or gratuitous stupidity – something that the Friday the 13th remake (2009) over played.

Overall, I think A Nightmare on Elm Street is a slick, well-made, horror movie. It has lots of scary scenes that will definitely make you jump out of your seat. The story was pretty solid with striking bloody death scenes. And I have to say, as a horror remake, this is definitely one of the best ones I’ve seen in a while.

What did you think?


JFun said...

Good review! It was a lot more fun than I thought it was going to be! I loved it when Amy Lee threw her popcorn on the entire row behind us. HAHA.

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