Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare On Elm Street 2010
Director: Samuel Bayer
Writers: Wesley Strick and Eric Heisserer
Starring Jackie Earle Haley, Kyle Gallner, Rooney Mara, Katie Cassidey, Kellan Lutz, Clancy Brown and Connie Britton

Horror remakes are a dime of dozen nowadays and very few of them are as memorable or even superior to the originals. The latest of the batch is the reworking of A Nightmare On Elm Street. While the film does an excellent job of being a decent horror film, it fails in bringing us a superior revamped version of the venerable classic. The direction of the film is handled ably well and the story does it’s job, but it doesn’t take any chances or try to add anything new to the mix. The cast does well too, especially Haley. He is a great choice for the new Freddy, though he does not erase your memories of Robert Englund in the role. The film also has some good scares in it and they bring you the blood and guts by the buckets and that works well in the film. This is not enough to vault the film into the win column for superior remakes though, at best it is just a decent one and after watching it you just want to see the original again.
The plot basics are this, Death seems to be stalking the teenagers of Springwood. They are all having horrid nightmares about a demonic maniac with a glove made of razors (Haley) and soon the teens start dying one by one in their sleep. Soon, Nancy (Mara) starts to investigate and discovers a conspiracy from the adults of Springwood to keep the teens unaware about a child molester they took out in a case of vigilante justice and it now seems that this molester and child killer is haunting the dreams of the teenagers and exacting his own bloody revenge on the kids. It is now up to Nancy and her boyfriend (Gallner) to combat the demon and find a way to defeat him once and for all.
This is a well executed film. The direction by Bayer is excellent, he really knows how to sustain the tension in a horror film and the film has many genuine scary moments. The opening diner scene is one of the best examples of this. The script does the job and gives a back-story to Freddy that is lacking in the original series, though it is a misstep for the writers to try and show Freddy in a kinder light. The characters are all rather weak except for Freddy, it seems as if they could be kids from any slasher film with nothing that sets them apart from any other film. The cast is decent, with solid props going to Haley as Freddy. He is quite menacing, though he is missing that sick sense of humor Englund had. Also, the supporting jobs that Brown and Britton do are great. Mara and Gallner are decent leads, just nothing special. The SFX and make up effects in the film are excellent, I especially liked the diner scene and when Tina bites it. The score does the job but is not as evocative as the original’s. All in all, this was a decent remake that falls a bit short of reinventing the wheel, but it is well worth checking out.
This one gets 3 out of 5

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