Film Review: "A Nightmare on Elm Street"

(New Line Cinema. 1 hour, 36 minutes. Rated R for strong bloody horror violence, disturbing images, terror and language. Directed by Samuel Bayer.) Jackie Earle Haley (Freddy Krueger), Kyle Gallner (Quentin Smith), Rooney Mara (Nancy Holbrook), Clancy Brown (Alan Smith), Connie Britton (Dr. Gwen Holbrook). Music by Steve Jablonsky.
Another month, another remake. Sigh. A group of high school students are beset by a series of mysterious deaths that share one common trait: each victim dreamed of a man with a bladed glove. As more die, Quentin and Nancy (Gallner and Mara) have to stop this man before they fall victim themselves.

I admit that I haven't seen the original, but this version isn't bad on its own. I've liked Jackie Earle Haley since his turn as Rorschach in Watchmen, and he makes a suitably creepy Freddy. The visuals are a strong point, especially when providing surreal twists on familiar areas that throw reality into question. I am a bit disappointed in how reliant Nightmare is on jolting, "ooga-booga" scares. The antagonist can literally get inside his victim's heads, and his main tactic is to pop into frame suddenly? That smacks of wasted potential. However, my biggest question is "Was this necessary?" This remake is decent, but from what I understand, it doesn't do anything new or different with a franchise that spawned 6 sequels and a Friday the 13th crossover. Aside from a blatant cash-in, I don't really see the point. Maybe it's time to hang up the glove?
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Jared Counts moved to Houston in 1995, survived high school and college, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston with a degree in Communications (Media Production) and a minor in Film Studies...