Haters gonna hate...
Director: Samuel Bayer
Writers: Wesley Strick and Eric Heisserer
Length: approx. 103 minutes
Is this much riddled remake of the original Wes Craven classic as bad as everyone says it is? It was panned by everyone but especially A Nightmare On Elm Street fans upon release but made a healthy profit, so was it really so horrible? No way. Directed by Samuel Bayer, who was behind the camera of many music videos for such artists as Justin Timberlake, Blink 182, Green Day, David Bowie and Metallica... to name a few. He's no slouch and artistically it's very strong but this is his first foray into feature films. Bayer tells a very similar story but with some new ideas thrown in.
The cast did a decent enough job. Most impressive were Katie Cassidy (Arrow) and Kyle Gallner (Jennifer's Body). I wish Katie played the role of Nancy as she showed a lot of depth in her character and was interesting to watch. She wasn't just blank and uninteresting like Rooney Mara's.
Criticism of Rooney Mara is valid. Her performance was very empty and unmotivated but I guess that's probably how the character was supposed to be but the problem with that trait is she is carrying the whole movie on her shoulders. Once a couple of people were killed off, the movie was less interesting. Post script with Rooney, she gave an interview where she stated she gave a lousy audition on purpose in hoping she wouldn't get the part but she was cast – without A Nightmare On Elm Street, I highly doubt she would've been in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Then there's Freddy. Despite fans saying you can't do this film without Robert Englund, and still ongoing to this day, the new Freddy – Jackie Earle Haley, brings the scary back into the role like Krueger originally was meant to be. He doesn't speak too often but when he does it means something and has a malevolent and creepiness feel to it. Not to mention, his scars look much more realistic compared to previous Elm Street instalments. I think a lot of fans were disappointed because it wasn't Robert Englund; well he can't play Freddy forever.
Was also a great pleasure to see Connie Britton (Nashville, American Horror Story) and Clancy Brown (Shawshank Redemption, Highlander) in the film as parents with a secret.
Not so much a criticism but just a general observation; the use of the Gigablast search engine, it literally made everyone in the cinema chuckle. Has anyone even heard of Gigablast? I guess the production didn't want to spend the money to use more relevant search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo.
Written by Matthew
'Why are you screaming? I haven't even touched you yet.'
In some useless trivia, went on a first date to watch Nightmare on Elm Street. A dream first date.