Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Film Review - A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)

Release: 2010
Director: Samuel Bayer
Starring: Jackie Earle Haley

Ugh.. what a disappointment..

Haley was perfect for Rorschach in Watchmen, so I was expecting this to be a fairly decent horror film. I wouldn't go so far as to say I was a fan of the original Freddie films, but I've certainly seen them all, the first in particular several times. Haley had apparently deliberately not watched any of the previous Elm Street films so that Robert Englund's performance didn't sneak into his, and he certainly achieved that.

However it's just not a good film. The plot and the script is lacklustre even for a horror film. I think if it was a brand new story it would have been a bit better, but as an audience we can't help but compare it to its predecessors.

The only element that I did like was ruined at the end of the film. The whole time it seems he has a pretty righteous vengeance, because the parents killed him because they thought he was touching their kids, whereas the kids remember him being really nice to them. So we're in a way on Freddie's side, but then at the end it turns out he's a paedo... Oh...

A total waste of film


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