I may have made a mistake. I recently bought the Nightmare on Elm Street blu ray, so I decided to watch it before the wife and I left for the midnight screening of Platinum Dunes “re-imagining” of said title. This means I was in uber-critic mode. Not only that, but I also watched the “Never Sleep Again” documentary that shows how they created all of the most memorable scenes from the original. The reason this was a mistake is, it shows how all those memorable scenes from the original, were created with some of the most simplistic practical effects. This means, when it was handled with CGI in the remake, it disappointed me more than it might have otherwise. Don’t get me wrong, I’m always a supporter of 100 percent practical effects, but sometimes, if handled well, the CGI can blend. The scene in the original where Freddy’s pushes his face through the wall was handled with a sheet of spandex, bought from the fabric store down the road. The same scene in the remake looked like a cartoon. It was completely CGI. The sad thing is, the sheet of spandex looked so much better.
Now that I have that rant off of my chest, let’s stop comparing the two flicks, and just talk about the remake as it’s own film. Much like the other Platinum Dunes remakes, Nightmare is polished, flashy, well shot, and well financed. All the acting is passable, although some, you can tell, are around a decade past being a high schooler. This doesn’t detract from the movie though, and if you really think about it, they’re better about that kind of thing now than they used to be. The original “Tina” was supposedly 15 years old.
Jackie Earl Haley did a good job as Kruger. While Englund’s absence is obvious, Haley does a good job at making Freddy scary again. He also squeezes out a few pretty decent one-liners. My main problem with Freddy this time around is that part of his face was CGI, and if he turned his head a certain way, it was very noticeable. Other than that, I had no problems with him, in appearance, or presence. He was a little less humorous, and a little more vicious/aggressive than the Freddy we knew before.
Instead of being treated to subtle ominous hints that we’re no longer in the real world, we’re given some music video style quick cuts, and different things of that nature. It doesn’t have the charm of the original, but works on it’s own level.
I’m going to catch a lot of shit for giving this movie a positive score, but I don’t give a fuck. I’m sick of the bullying that goes on in the horror community, and I’m sick of the elitist attitudes. I won’t be intimidated by bitchy little snobs who bash a movie like this simply because it’s not the original. You know what? It’s not the original, It’s a film of it’s own, and it deserves to be watched as such. If you can manage to pull your head out of your ass for 90 minutes, and watch this movie without the “original” blinders on, you might find that you have a little bit of fun at the movie theater, I know I did.