SECOND OPINION: A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)



I’ve had a bad vibe about this project since the first trailer dropped. The rumored re-shoots, re-dubbing of Krueger’s voice, and basically everything else. Truth be told, I was somewhat alright with a modern day classic being “rebooted”. Let’s be honest, the original series ran itself into the ground with each new entry. While I view Wes Craven’s New Nightmare as the second best behind the original in the series, no one but film critics and a small select of few wanted that movie. Freddy vs Jason was an almost perfect entry in both the Friday the 13th and the A Nightmare on Elm Street series. It had the gore, nudity, sex, and humor that was present in every entry in both franchises. Even with all of this, after putting Freddy Krueger and Jason Vorehees in a death-match… what is there to do next? Apparently a piece of shit reboot.

I’m pretty sure Britt gave a good rundown of the general plot of this turd in her review, so I’ll save you the trouble of reading the same thing over again. And lets be honest, no one goes into a Freddy Krueger movie expecting thought provoking revelations, award winning dialogue or fantastic acting. You go in expecting Krueger dicing a bunch of teenagers, cracking one-liners, cheese, and an overall fun time. That’s where this flick goes terribly wrong. While all of those features are present (with the exception of being fun), the movie takes itself far too seriously to make these series traits work properly. Always trying to create a tense, creepy atmosphere, it contradicts itself when every five seconds we’re forced to endure an intentionally cheesy ass line or scene. Not to mention every “scare” happens to be an overplayed and obvious jump scare which becomes a drag 20-minutes into the runtime.

I won’t get into the teenagers because they do what they’re there to do. Be annoying, scream, and get killed, even if they’re possibly the worst Brady Bunch to ever set foot in an Elm Street movie. What I will talk about is the movies centerfold: Freddy Krueger. When Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, Little Children) was announced as the new interpretation of Fred Krueger, my interest jumped. When they announced that they were leaving Krueger’s traditional humor, it jumped a bit more. Fuck, was I mislead. I won’t put all the blame on Jackie Earle Haley. In half his scenes, he actually pulls off what he’s aiming for. He’s creepy and for a moment you forget that Robert Englund isn’t the man behind the make-up. The other half… not so much. The Scottish accent got to me a bit. Could be just me, but the Scottish aren’t scary. His presence in the other half also falls flat. At times he jitters around like a kid high on Pixi Sticks for no goddamn reason, in others, he sulks around yet again for no goddamn reason. I actually quite enjoyed the reflection in some of the one-liners that referenced the games he played with the children before he was murdered. As I said, it’s not all Hayley’s fault. Somebody should have stepped in and said, “hey, try that again.” Like, um… I don’t know… the director?

Oh, wait. There seemed to be no director present in the filming of this movie. Actors just stumble through their scenes and dialogue like lost puppies. Oh, the writing. I’ve had my fair share of terrible writing in horror. It’s almost a pivotal role in either making or breaking a horror movie, as odd as it sounds. The dialogue in this movie is unforgivable. Mainly, again, for Freddy Krueger. What happened to leaving the humor in the past? Oh, they did that too. Instead we have terrible one-liners instead. Gone are the humorous “welcome to prime time, bitch!”‘s of the original series, and here are the “I was just petting him”‘s of the remake. Granted, the giggle Krueger does after said line was well executed, but not enough to save the terrible delivery and horrid joke.

What about the death scenes? Aside from the deaths moved over from the original, it’s basically just people getting stabbed through the chest by Freddy’s claws. There was one “original” kill. That’s it. Nothing more. And that one kill isn’t even all that great. Kind of back peddling now, but I must say I did enjoy the revamped look of Freddy, to be honest. Although, every time he appeared on screen I had flashbacks to Gary Oldman in Hannibal:

The blank, jet black eyes were that of genius. This movie had so much to work with, but they just decided to toss it up in the air and let it land however it wanted. Which is the icing on the cake. There’s scenes that could have been amazing, if done correctly. Jackie Earle Haley could have been a phenomenal new Krueger, if only somebody stepped in and told him to stop uncontrollably imitating Robert Englund. But, no, what we’re left with is another sad attempt at reinventing a classic. What we’re left with is a half-and-half movie that had so much potential and such talent behind Freddy Krueger that sadly was just ignored. Word of advice: throw in the worst entry in the original Elm Street (Freddy’s Revenge, Dream Master, Freddy’s Dead) series and you’ll still have a better film than this. – Fred Lozano


SPOILER: Also, the fact that Freddy’s death scene was word for word and action for action a copy of his death in Freddy Vs Jason didn’t sit well with me.

4 Responses to “SECOND OPINION: A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)”
  1. jimbo says:

    this movie sucked. you called it like it is

  2. John says:

    This movie was insulting to the name Freddy Krueger. It wasn’t even Freddy! It was just another hollywood cash in

  3. FUCKYOU says:

    u just pissed cause yo name freddy too hahahahaahahahahahahahaha

  4. Britt says:

    Obviously I wrote a different review, but you did a really good job of saying what it was for the most part. I think the biggest thing about this movie is that it’s one of the only movies that is totally open to opinion. It’s not really a “good” or “bad” movie, I think. I think everyone is going to have different opinions on it. This is an awesome review though :)

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