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.
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.
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...
1.5. Bad CGI, the new Freddy looks lame and Bayer's direction is terrible. Some cool references tho (Carrie, The Exorcist and even Pulp Fiction), and I liked that they expanded the idea of Freddy as a pedophile. Could've been a great metaphor to how early age traumas can affect someone's life for good, even on unconscious level.
Just awfully boring. It really frustrates me that the people behind this remake seem didn't even bother to put an actual effort to make it at least watchable. Even the actors look bored throughout the whole movie. And Robert Englund is Freddy Krueger. Nobody can replace him. Sorry, Jackie.
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.
They could have done so much better with this re-working, SUCH AS! not making Jackie Earle Haley, Freddy for one he his way to short to be intimidating he just doesn't fit the bill. Too much Freddy yelling Cliche Lines And Uninteresting Dialouge The Old Pull Freddy Out And Kill Him Method makes for a truly snooze worthy "re-boot" If one can even classify it with the rest of the Nightmare movies...