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Film Review: Nightmare on Elm Street…

Starring: Jackie Earle Haley, Kellan Lutz, Kyle Gallner, Rooney Mara, Connie Britton

Directed by: Samuel Bayer

Today I just saw the “Nightmare on Elm Street” remake and here is my review:

Plot/synopsis: The story to the remake is pretty much the same as the original. Freddy Kreuger, a child killer, who was burned to death years ago. Appears in people’s dreams. Freddy murders people in their dreams which causes them to die in real life.

Again, this movie is getting mixed reviews and opinions by fans and the critics. Some hate it and some LOVED it! Me? Well, I fucking LOVED IT! Seriously, I did!!! I have always been a fan of Freddy movies. The Robert Englund ones. I probably liked the first couple of “Elm St.” films with Englund, the rest of them I didn’t care for and were kind of stupid. The “Elm St.” series went downhill after “The Dream Master”. I know the 1st “Elm St.” movie was directed by horror legend Wes Craven. Notice how Hollywood seems to be remaking every Wes Craven film these days (“The Hills Have Eyes”, “The Last House on the Left”, etc.)?

Some people claim that the Freddy Kreuger role, belongs to Robert Englund and him only. Well, that’s where I disagree. The Freddy Kreuger character is just make up. You can’t recognize the actor anyways and you can always copy that speaking voice easily. Plus, I’m sure the film makers at Platinum Dunes, got Englund’s blessing for going on without him, so I’m sure Englund is all cool with the remake.

The reason I loved this version, was that this is much darker and more evil. The new Freddy’s make up maybe bad and horrible looking but hello, it’s supposed to be like that. The new Freddy look is supposed to be disgusting. They wanted it more disturbing looking than the Englund version. The Jackie Earle Haley version looks exactly like a burnt victim. In the earlier, “Elm St.” movies, the Englund films, they made it look like he was a child killer…but in this one, they wanted Freddy to be more human like. They wanted to have the new Freddy to have some character than the Englund version. This version showed more of Freddy’s past of how he appeared to be today. The remake, made it turned out to be that Freddy Kreuger is a child molester, not just a child killer. So it makes a lot of sense of why Freddy only appears in teens dreams when they go to sleep. I think Jackie Earle Haley’s version is more creepier and darker than the Englund versions. Yes, Haley’s version still have that comical sense of humor like Englund but not much. This film wanted to keep Freddy scary, not humorous.

The plot and storyline maybe similar but the whole movie is pretty different than the original. I was surprised to see “Friday Night Light’s” star, Connie Britton, have a role in this. It’s not just a cameo with Connie, she’s one of the leading roles. Her acting is great as always. They wanted to keep this a serious horror film. Make it scary and creepy. It was kind of scary and creepy in my opinion. They tried not to make it a popcorn flick and made it an actual horror film. The film was extremely dark and it actually made me a little uncomfortable in certain scenes. I think this is one of the best horror remakes in a long while. In fact, I wouldn’t even call it a remake. I would call it a stand alone film. It’s the way the original “Elm St.” movie should have been. No offense to Mr. Craven and Mr. Englund. Looking forward to the sequel now!!!

Score for “Nightmare on Elm. St” = **** (4 stars as in = “excellent”)

Kev

This is what Jackie Earle Haley looks like as the new Freddy Kreuger…

Jackie Earle Haley is playing Freddy Kreuger in the new “Nightmare On Elm St.” remake.

Here is what the new Freddy looks like.

In my opinion, I like it. It definitely looks like a real burnt victim. The new Freddy look is pretty creepy as well. The way the original Freddy should have been.

Check it out below.

Kev

BREAKING NEWS: FREDDY KRUEGER FOUND FOR “NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST.” REBOOT…WHO IS IT? CHECK HERE TO FIND OUT!!! OH MY!!!

Platinum Dunes and New Line has found their Freddy Krueger for their “Nightmare on Elm St.” reboot…and it is definitely not Billy Bob Thornton. The new Freddy Krueger taking over Robert Englund’s place is an actor named, Jackie Earle Haley.

Jackie Earle Haley starred in the recent, “Watchmen” movie where he played Rorschach, the character that wears the hat, mask and long coat.

Variety Reports:

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118002124.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

Excellent choice! While I didn’t like the “Watchmen” movie, I loved the character that Jackie Earle played in it. The guy’s a great actor and I think he’ll make a great Freddy. Now I’m really looking forward to the “Nightmare” reboot! Bring it on!

Kev

Report: 1, 2 Freddy’s coming for you 3,4 Better lock your door 5, 6 The reboot is a go 7,8 Shooting will begin this Spring 9, 10 Never sleep again

Platinum Dunes is definitely moving forward to the “Nightmare on Elm St.” remake, as they just got the greenlight with Warner Bros. and New Line. “Cape Fear” writer Wesley Strick will pen the script. Shooting will begin this Spring right away, and they will film in the Chicago suburbs. The greenlight was due to the fact that the “Friday the 13th” remake has got positive feedback.

The question is, will Robert Englund be back as Freddy? The answer is no, of course, but it is possible that Englund will have a role but not as the Freddy character.

Expect Platinum Dunes to find an actor for Freddy Krueger very quickly since filming will start this Spring, so hope they find somebody good.

More on it here:

http://shocktillyoudrop.com/news/topnews.php?id=8835

Hope they do a good job with the Freddy remake and hope they find the right actor for Freddy. Sure, there can’t be a Freddy movie without Robert Englund, but the dude is getting too old to play the character. My bet, is that I think they’ll find a Robert Englund look alike to play Freddy. It’ll probably be an unkown actor, not a big name star.

Kev

Report: Billy Bob Thornton to become the next Freddy Krueger? Robert Englund himself says so…

While Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes is starting a “Nightmare on Elm St.” reboot of the series, Robert Englund was on the Loveline radio show with a live interview to promote his new horror film, “Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer”, and of course, the interviewer asked him about the “Elm St.” remake.

Englund revealed that actor Billy Bob Thornton could possibly be his replacement. This has not been confirmed by Platinum Dunes yet, so Billy Bob starring as Freddy is just a rumour at this point. Robert Englund says he is totally cool with the “Elm St.” series starting over again and getting a facelift. Englund says that the films deserve a better update with CGI effects and all that because that stuff weren’t around back in the 80’s. Englund seems pretty excited about the upcoming remake.

Remember, Billy Bob taking over Englund as Freddy is only a rumour that was started by Englund himself, so don’t get your hopes up yet. Billy Bob Thornton is an Oscar Award winning actor/screenwriter/director and also a rock musician.

His filmography includes films such as “Sling Blade” (which he wrote, directed, and starred in), “Bad Santa”, “The Man Who Wasn’t There”, “Bandits”, “Armageddon”, “Pushing Tin”, “Monster’s Ball”, “Friday Night Lights”, “Mr. Woodcock”, “The Astrunaut Farmer”, “School for Scoundrels”, “Bad News Bears” remake, and the list goes on.

More on it here:

http://www.joblo.com/index.php?id=22493

Billy Bob is not a bad choice for Freddy actually, I hope it turns out true. Billy Bob stands pretty tall like Freddy. Billy Bob has a deep speaking voice like Freddy. I think Billy Bob may be the one.

Kev