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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Drive-in Movie Reviews: A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)

Ah, the Drive-in. Oh, how I missed thee.. Latest movie victim:

A Nightmare On Elm Street - A Warner Brothers/New Line Cinema Release. Original Release Date: April 30th, 2010

Platinum Dunes strikes out again. But, then, is anything else possible?

To be fair, I didn't actually hate The Friday The 13th Remake (review here), it had some fun moments, but it just wasn't up to snuff, even for a weak sequel... They really didn't even bother putting any real effort into this NIGHTMARE. It largely felt lazy and rushed together. And nary a boob shot to be found. What the what?! I understand a remake has to play the line between recalling an earlier film and trying to do something different with it, but, try a little harder please. Try SOMETHING!

There's a lot of copping of visuals from films throughout the series, but there's also some horrendous acting, truly weak storytelling and the single worst use of CGI I've seen in a film ever! Remember that scene where Freddy pokes through Nancy's wall above her bed? It's done here in the most shockingly bad use of CGI. I was kind of taken aback. Shame since the original film had done it so cleverly.

I fucking better get teenagers who dream of Hawaii in the sequel.

The film is basically this: We get to know a character, the acting is horrendous, he's killed off. Get to know another, bad acting, killed off. Then one more, more bad acting, killed off. Finally Nancy comes back into play along with her goth-y love interest and the two sleuth to find out if Freddy was or wasn't actually a pedophile. Really? This is the plot they came up with, guys.

All I remembered about the chick who played Nancy was that I found it odd she wore a knit hat while she sat at home and painted. I like Clancy Brown and all, but dude was totally underused. And then there's the sandman himself... Freddy Krueger. Jackie Earle Hayley put his best foot forward into the role, but sadly he just didn't come off all that menacing when he wasn't putting his claws through someone. They often resort to speeding his image up into the frame to make him seem scary. It's kind of sad, actually.

Whatever you do, don't fall asleep... with your hat on.

The first hour is kind of a waste, but once the sleuthing begins I sort of found myself actually interested, and then the movie quickly goes back to going nowheresville. It's a shame because there's a lot you can do with this great premise... How about more from the parents perspective? They did cover up a murder after all... And Freddy's Nightmare world could have been more fun like in some of the sequels (especially part 3 & 4) but here it's the same old images we've seem before, done to death.

The film according to the current box office report is a success in it's first weekend. It opened on par with some of the more popular horror remakes, though a bit less than last year's Jason picture. Surely a sequel to the remake is to come, and I'm hoping they'll find a filmmaker who can inject some life into the picture. Pardon the pun, but, Samuel Bayer's film came off very much like a hack work. A sequel made by someone who can really explore Freddy's landscape is very much needed here. As it stands I'd even take FRIDAY's Marcus Nisepl and his unsubtle style over this one, any day.

A Nightmare On Elm Street at least got me back to the drive-in. The drive is so beautiful up on the Hudson. And gosh do I really love the drive-in atmosphere. The best thing this Nightmare movie could ever bring forth.

1 comment:

The Film Connoisseur said...

Thats just a shame. Wasting such an opportunity to bring Freddy back. I hope the movie makes some dough simply so they can place a better filmmaker behind the camara on the next film.

Im still seeing it, out of curiosity, just to see how they failed....

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