The 2010 remake of the classic horror starring the infamous villain Freddy Krueger. Everybody knows his scarred, burnt face, his clawed fingers, his perverse nightmare stalkings on children. This remake brought him back to life haunting new victims in their dreams. Unfortunately, this film 100% supports the phrase ‘the remakes are never as good as the originals’…
The whole film felt so random, there wasn’t a single back story and as the audience you’re suddenly thrown into this new place with new characters having no understanding of anything. Yes, I’ve seen the original, but this film must stand alone too. I didn’t really know the characters whatsoever, so didn’t care about them. Characters were dropping left right and centre, and there was no desired horror for the audience because there was no build up to create any emotions of fear. Furthermore, this film falls into the casting issue of high school teens. I never understand why actors and actresses are chosen to play characters that are ten years younger than them – there are some exceptions – but ‘Twilight’ star Kellan Lutz and ‘Arrow’ actress Katie Cassidy as teenagers in high school eroded away at any realness the film could potentially hold. Finally, the acting wasn’t great. The only reason I feel people hire older people to play younger characters is because “the acting is better”, but that wasn’t even the case in this film. The acting was quite weak and I just felt disinterested in all the characters on screen, which is an issue when fear needs to erupt into the audience.
Nevertheless, the film did get better from the beginning. It’s still not amazing, but the new interest is to discover that the children targeted have a hidden, suppressed memory from their childhood. This becomes a source of intrigue for the audience. The back story of why Freddy Krueger is one perverse and haunting which does stimulate a different type of horror. His story when he was alive is more horrifying than him coming back to seek revenge. The jump scares were a bit of a miss, but when the mystery turns to solving who Freddy Krueger was, the movie is more interesting.
As a horror, the 2010 remake of ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ was a flop. He’s not that scary haunting and killing and it’s seems quite bad effects on his face which annoyed me. The build-ups necessary for a horror to deliver needs to create some sort of fear for the characters on screen, this was only executed with one of the characters by the end. The reveal of his back story, which took a very long time to get to, had a lot of potential in its horror, which is why it got a lot better throughout the film. But everything before seemed in some sort of wasteland of unknown killing with no real reason. With a disgusting villain such as Freddy Krueger, this film could have done a lot more to execute horror.