One Sentence: Does the world want a mean Freddy?
Running Time: 96 Minutes
Release Date: 30-Apr-2010
I have a autographed Freddy Vs. Jason DVD insert, signed by Robert Englund on my wall. I own the DVD box set of Nightmare On Elm Street. I am quite the fan of the series, except maybe Nightmare 2. So it was going to take a lot to make me say that the Nightmare On Elm Street reboot was going to be good. I liked the casting of Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy, maybe a little too short for me, but I at least got behind the idea. I didn't like how he looked in the trailers, he looked too real for me, and it was a sign of things to come. Looking back today I don't know if I would say A Nightmare On Elm Street was good, I will for sure say it was not a bad movie, but I don't quite get it.
What I don't get is, that Freddy Kruger is an iconic movie figure that has spanned almost 30 years of popularity. Kids Halloween costumes, Video Games, and even a spin off TV show. The Freddy Kruger in this new movie was not an Anti-Hero, he is a bad guy, a very bad guy, the type of character that you can not get behind. The old Freddy killed slutty teenagers with style, flare and humor. The new Freddy does something else. Something that will never make you dress up as him for Halloween, put a poster of him on your wall, or hope that he catches the teenagers. He is not someone you want to win. So we are faced with a horror movie, with a bad guy who you can not cheer for and characters that you don't care for either. What you are left with a very dark, heavy, horror movie.
I don't know if that makes A Nightmare On Elm Street a bad movie though. From a film point of view, the story in this movie was more solid than almost any of the old Nightmares, and the CG was good, and it was very scary, tense movie. But I don't want a very scary tense movie, I want a Nightmare On Elm Street movie. So the decision on this one is yours. It's a new century and this is a new Freddy, do you like this new Freddy or not?