Film Review: A Nightmare on Elm Street

The antichrist of Hollywood (Michael Bay) strikes again, with yet another remake of a horror classic. This new version is slick, yet this does not detract from its pointlessness.

The teens of Springwood are having nightmares, all featuring the same frightening character. Things take a turn for the worse when Freddy Krueger starts to cross the line from dream into reality…

Samuel Bayer’s remake does not stray too far from the original material. Many of the characters and set-ups are kept intact. A noticeable exception to this is the absence of Nancy’s father, a police officer. The lack of police presence in the remake is palpable. With the violent suicides and murders that occur, Bayer’s film is made all the more incredulous by a lack of interest from the authorities.

A Nightmare on Elm Street‘s chief character is of course Freddy Krueger. Jackie Earle Haley offers a performance not overly dissimilar from Robert Englund’s. However, Freddy seems to have longer strings of dialogue in this film than the original. The lack of explanation from Freddy in 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street certainly enhanced the fear factor of the iconic film character. You can’t help but feel that if a remake of this film was deemed necessary, director Bayer has missed a trick in not altering the antagonist to a greater extent.

Elsewhere performances are adequate, never illuminating. The effects utilised in the film are convincing, although the original seems gorier in comparison. The soundtrack works well, particularly the use of The Everly Brothers’ ‘All I Have to Do is Dream’.

With all the action and jumpy sequences that precede it, the climax appears a little lacklustre. Whilst the film is reasonably enjoyable, hopefully it will not be successful enough to spawn an unnecessary sequel. 1985’s A Nightmare on Elm Street part 2 was bad enough. 

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4 Responses to Film Review: A Nightmare on Elm Street

  1. Terry says:

    I couldn’t agree more! There are so many so-called shock moments that they’re literally every 5 minutes, so the audience is never left alone lon enough to create suspense. You can pretty much count down to the next peek-a-boo I slaughter you moment! Also whilst most of the effects were pretty good I thought the iconic moment of freddy pressing through nancy’s wall was one of THE worst examples of cgi gone wrong I’d ever seen!

  2. Tara says:

    I know! Generally the effects were good, but I did think that bit looked really fake – the effects in 1984 looked a lot better! Considering the rest of the film looked pretty decent, I think we can put that bit of CGI-ineptness down to laziness!

  3. Misiu says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one thinking the original was better. I agree with everything you’re saying, the lack of suspense just killed it for me. And another thing – did you notice that there is not a single mention of Freddy being a child murderer? For all we know all the kids in that class picture survived until teen-age, when Freddy came back to kill them. I also thought the final fight between Nancy and Freddy was completely boring!!

  4. Tara says:

    Yeah I noticed that too! I think in this version he isn’t actually a murderer, but only starts killing the teens in their dreams. When Heather is investigating the kids in the picture, all of them have died as teens; there is no reference to anyone being killed by Freddy while he was alive!

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