Twi-Hards will be disappointed in this week’s choice of Remake Review on Supernatural Saturday Night. Kellan Lutz is a member of the Nightmare on Elm Street’s 2010 remake cast for all of ten minutes or less. He is actually the first one to die and the only one I was really sad to see go.
This was one of those movies that took the same names from the original movie and pretty much added one new twist while attempting to make a carbon copy of the original. It fell seriously flat with a lack luster actor who really didn’t seem to want to play the iconic role of Freddy Krueger in the first place. Of course there was also the outrageous subplot that maybe, just maybe the parents of Springfield killed an innocent man. Really? Are you freaking kidding me??
Wes Craved created a franchise and Robert Englund made a career out of making Freddy Krueger a creature of ultimate evil. In fact, in Wes Craven’s New Nightmare Krueger was said to be a demon now who was able to cross from the movies and into the real everyday life of Heather Lagencamp who played Heather in the Original Nightmare on Elm Street and in Part 3 where she worked as a counselor with children in a mental hospital.
For general horror value this movie got mostly negative reaction from horror fans on Facebook. Ian Thomas Davidson of the UK said, “It reminded me more of that old television show, Goosebumps than Nightmare on Elm Street.”
On a local front Benjamin Tabor of Thibodaux Louisiana said, “Its lame. When I see these remakes, I think....where has all the talent and creativity gone?”
The writers of this movie tried hard to explain the psychological effects of extreme sleep deprivation and repressed movies to a generation that most likely knows at least one person in school if not their own family who has been diagnosed with ADD. Kids as early as fifth grade (sometimes younger) could explain the effects or the various diagnoses of behavior problems better than some of the teachers in their school. This generation is jaded with countless psychological labels being placed on children so explaining is not really necessary but does help as a tool to draw in this younger audience.
Personal highlight of this movie was when Rooney Maura who plays Nancy in this version brought Freddy into the human world and as he prepared to strike with the dreaded glove, she grabs him and flips him Gracie Ju Jit Su style.
While it was not entirely awesome it did not bore me as much as other remakes. I didn’t hate it.
This movie joins Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake in the Remake Review giveaway that will occur at the end of the month. More information will be available on Monday from Blood Reign, www.bloodreign.info