A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Welcome to Elm Street where the population continues to drop. I love this movie and the original because nothing is scarier than something that can get you in your dreams. When we sleep we can feel safe and relaxed, but what happens when your dreams turn against you? The concept is really cool and I have to thank Wes Craven for coming up with it. As a child his movies had me sleeping with a flashlight under my pillow. This remake was, in my opinion, very well done. It keeps a lot of the things that made the original movie great while still allowing it to stand on it's own.

The original movie was scary when I was a kid and I was watching it on late night TV when my parents thought I was sleeping. Now it has lost it's ability to scare me. As an adult I can see all the cheesy scenes and campy dialog, and I enjoy it for a whole different set of reasons. In the new movie director Samuel Bayer takes this classic and gives it his own twist. Bayer and the screen writers didn't change much and I like that. I really like watching remakes to see what carries over.

One thing that stayed the same in this movie was the two main characters Freddy Kruger, and Nancy. The other characters have been changed a little in this remake but in most cases the scenes they are in are right from the original. Similarity is that when the movie opens the original theme is played at the title screen and I really liked that. I also like when there is iconic music with a character or movie franchise. Movies like Indiana Jones, Star Trek, and Superman have these perfect themes and Nightmare on Elm St also has one.

When I go to watch a remake of one of my favorite movies I tend to be very critical. I know the new movie wont live up to the original but there are certain things I want to see. In this movie there are a lot of scenes that I wanted to be redone with today's special effects and I wasn't let down. I wanted to see the scene where Freddy tries to push through the wall in Nacy's bedroom, and the scene where Kris meets her death. These were two that stood out to me in the original movie and I was happy to see made they made the cut.

This movie is much darker and serious when compared to the original. This is evident just in Freddy himself. Robert Englund is and always will be Freddy Krueger. He was terrifying as well as funny and he made that character what it is. Jackie Earle Haley is the new Freddy Krueger in this movie and he is intense. Gone is the campy one liners, and his make up is even more realistic to a burn victim thanks to modern special effects. Haley takes this character to the edge of evil and then pushes further. I wasn't scared, but he did creep me out the first time I saw this movie. The casting was very well done for this movie and Haley did an excellent job living up to the character Robert Englund created.

I am sure there are a lot of die hard fans out there that hated this movie, but I loved it. I would easily rate this a 5 star remake. Really enjoyed re-watching this again, and can't wait to watch more this Halloween. I will also be including this in the Readers Imbibing Peril challenge which will end on Halloween. This is my Peril on the Screen 


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