This truly will be remembered as the decade of remakes. The time of renewal. As we know remakes can be GREAT, look at “Invasion of the Bodysnatchers” or “The 10 Commandments” (a remake of a silent epic). However it is more often the case that remakes reek, like a 5 day old corpse freshly defecated upon.
That's how this film feels.
A Nightmare on Elm Street is a classic film and already very well done. It is no coincidence that Wes Craven made his name off of it. To remake successfully would have been an epic achievement. It is no surprise but still disappointing to me that this film fails spectacularly to impress. Oddly I originally thought that the greatest flaw would be the simple lack of Robert Englund as Freddy, like Doug Bradleys Pinhead England IS Kruger. This is a problem and I will address that in a bit, however the greatest fault is the sheer lack of life in all of the characters.
The story has been modified with some roots of the original showing through but all of the main players are dull, listless and essentially unlikeable. Absolute avatars of the Twilight Generation. I did scream during the film but unfortunately it was “GET A HAIRCUT”. Unlike the original there was no real feel that the protagonists were friends (and yes, in the original they were, an odd group but friends nonetheless). and they seem essentially dumb. The plan to bring Freddy from the dream world as in the original is essentially unchanged but where Nancy was prepared in that one in this she just gets on with it…in his own cellar.
I mentioned the lack of Robert. The new Freddy does look like a burn victim, yes the makeup is far more realistic, but this results in a creature as frightening as Simon Weston. This is the same reason that the dead are not portrayed realistically in films. they look fake. Freddy looks fake. He is also lacking any physical presence and the voice is simply…rubbish.
Freddy is a Pedo, this is stated explicitly. This makes the villain essentially totally unlikeable. Rather then insane he is a hated figure. They then completely squander the chance to show torture and cruelty that this version of Freddy would enjoy. Apart from one line telling us he has 9 minutes of fun before the Brain shuts down, this Freddy kills and moves on.
Overall this remake is technically reasonable. CGI effects are poor and the iconic Freddy in the Wall scene is massacred and rendered pathetic here. Blood splatter looks like a computer game and the film rarely feels real. The distinct “Dream World” of the original is almost entirely missing and the film lacks any memorable score (apart from the requisite nod to Freddys Theme”)
Avoid avoid avoid. This is excrement and hopefully will seal the door on the glut of remakes of recent times. Freddys Dead is better then this shit.
Paul out. Here is the trailer for the original to wash away that awful Bay taste.