Not much of a great remake than I'd hope it be. J.E. Haley doesn't look quite good in makeup as Freddy, but the film did added in little bit of the iconic scenes from the original yet it didn't seemed to fit with the modern retelling well enough. I did love Rooney Mara as Nancy more than the whole film itself, and I am glad Bay finally stepped away from the horror remakes at last.
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.
Not surprising to discover that this was directed by a music video director, Bayer relies a little too heavily on the NIN aesthetic - not entirely unwarranted. There's a few visual ideas which work, the reboot is humorless which allows the ugly emphasis on molestation to feel truly ugly. Haley is hideous (in a good way) but his overdub is awful. Decent analogy for repression/trauma, this is not THAT awful.
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.