I love horror films….i just don’t like the scary bits! And so i got a decent view of this ‘scream-fest’ through the stitching of my coat.
Now i hadn’t seen the original cult classic before going to see this latest offering by Director Samuel Bayer, and so the plotline was completely new to me…and i must say it was really un-nerving!
We’ve all indulged in the horror films that have been and gone: Scream, Psycho, The Ring, My Bloody Valentine etc … and all of their ‘horrific leads’ are all massacring the cast list left, right, and centre for no apparent reason. Nightmare On Elm street however, sports a villain that is also a peadophile…now that’s un-nerving.
I do think they try too hard to make him a ‘super villain’ though towards the end as the language and lines reach a peak which would make my mother blush! However it’s done within the ‘hyper-relality’ of the whole film.
I also thought this remake was much more ‘jumpier’ than horrors i had seen previously, as you usually get that few ‘tension-building bars’ before anything is slaughtered, but i found myself jumping more often in this one, as there was very little notice of what was coming.
The plot line itself was quite tedious after the first umpteen characters had been picked off by the infamous Freddy Krueger, and i found myself willing him to kill the next few so they could unearth some more info on ‘why’ he was slaughtering them so unmercilessly.
Although the original was deemed as a ‘cult classic’ i didn’t think there was much to the plotline that would keep an audience hooked for the entire screening, although Jackie Earle Haley was coined a much better Freddy Krueger than his predecessor Robert Englund.
The other main characters in the story spend most of their time fighting off ‘sleep deprivation’ and running from Freddy, which is almost comical in a ‘Scary Movie’ sense if anything.
If you’ve seen the original and are just curious as to how they’ve re-made it then I think it’s well worth a watch, but if you’re expecting a ‘cult classic’ i’d watch something else …