Wholly unnecessary remake not only fails to bring anything new to the material, it dumbs down and oversimplifies the original to the point where it’s utterly bland and predictable at every turn. The casting of Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger is the only thing this one did right. Another dud from Platinum Dunes.
As disappointing as this film is, I still give credit to Jackie Earle Haley who does a pretty nice job of portraying a killer who was occupied by the same man for every installment. Credit is due there, but overall, this is a remake. That's all that can be said. Could've been worse. At least this wasn't "The Nightmare on Elm Street 3D."
This movie reeks of missed opportunities. I generally feel sorry for Jackie Earle Haley who was given the impossible task of trying to fill Robert Englund's shoes. It's such a shame that Haley didn't have any better material to work with because he really gives this role his all. This could've been something special if the people behind the scenes didn't fundamentally misunderstand A Nightmare On Elm Street...
What's really interesting about Heisserer's interpretation of this classic American myth is it's place in the time of the internet. While Craven's earlier versions convey Krueger as the passage of a sexual disease (like La Ronde), Heisserer emphasizes the disease of belief that spreads in the manner of discussion via the non-linear format of the internet. Fascinating that "belief" becomes a disease of modern times.
Terrible, just terrible. The killings were all repetitive, tpp. What happened to girls turning into bugs and blood shooting out of beds? Creativity went straight out the window. And Freddie looked like Voldemort. And why such a heavy focus on the molestation? I'm confused.
I certainly am glad I didn't pay $10.00+ to see this. As was stated below, it wasn't *terrible*, but that's not saying a lot. I genuinely pity Mr. Haley; trying to live up to Robert Englund... for shame, Jackie, FOR SHAME.
Remake that threads mostly over the same old material that we all know from before. It has better glossier photography and seem to have a bigger budget than all the original movies put together but that is also it's downfall since the CGI sequences are laughably bad. I also hated the teenagers who look more like drug addicts than students and where is Robert Englund? Totally unnecessary remake.