A remake of the very popular Wes Craven, Nightmare on Elm Street was produced by director Samuel Bayer. At first, as many original fan of Freddy, I found myself intrigued by the thought of an updated Nightmare on Elm Street. However, with so many recent remakes of great classic horrors gone wrong as of lately, I decided to watch it prepared for anything. In a nut shell I was glad I was prepared.
I guess I should start with the most popular saying of “this was the longest two hours of my life”. Criticizing the movie not as a remake but as an individual in creativity, I should say that it lack much. First, the movie starts out a bit on the boring side but with a side of potential as we are introduced to Freddy Kruger fairly quickly in the beginning as he kills a teenage boy in a diner. Then we jump to follow the character Kris who also begins to suffer from nightmares and visits from Kruger. I found myself wondering how she came to suffer from the nightmare given that she had no idea who Kruger was nor did her friend mentioned him to her or any description prior to dying. However, it did make me hope that this movie, rather than a remake, was more of a new creative idea of Kruger. As the movie progresses we follow Kris into her trying to discover who this Kruger was and why he wanted to kill her. By rational thinking I thought that Kris was the main character, when suddenly, out of the blues she was killed and then we see her boyfriend running to Nancy’s room to warn her about the nightmares and the death of Kris.
In this stage, I was curious to many details. First, why focus so much on the character of Kris when the real main character was Nancy; then in Nancy’s room her mother proved the door to be unlocked as she came in and out to talk to Nancy. Then when she again approaches the door, it is obvious that someone was in her daughter’s room as the boy Jesse was talking loud enough to let anyone know he was in there, and yet she only calls her daughter’s name worried tone rather than just open the door as she did only seconds ago to ensure her daughter safety.
The cops immediately arrest Jesse, whom I wondered how anyone knew he was even with Kris given that no one know he was with her, and he ran before anyone saw him leave and setting off the alarm. After Kris’s death we are now thrown into Nancy and Quentin in trying to discover the secret before they too get killed by Kruger.
Kruger was played by a completely new actor, Jackie Haley rather than the original actor who will forever be in my book the only real character of Freddy Kruger. I supposed that they wanted him to look like a real burned victim. This did not helped in making him scary, for in reality his appearance brought me nothing but sympathy. I am sure this was not the reaction the director wanted but that is what he got. Not to mention that through the whole movie the direction of the movie seems to be that Kruger was innocent and killing on revenge. This lasted up to the very end were we are given the revelation that he molested the children and was killing them not because the parents burned him alive, but because little 3 to 4 year old told the parents what happened to them, to which not one parent bothered to confirm via doctor, authorities, etc, and decided instead on vigilante killing style as a solution to an unconfirmed problem.
I wish that after learning the reason behind the Kruger murders I would start to sympathize and cheer for the character of Nancy and Quentin, but I still find myself too busy wondering “when oh when is this coming to an end;” Especially when my companion fell asleep throughout the movie that was supposed to be a scream in horror but instead just has us wishing to have rather use our VCR and watch a real horror Wes Craven Nightmare on Elm Street.
I did notice throughout the movie that a lot of the scenes were recycled from some of the originals such as the ending with Nancy using Freddy Kruger’s famous worlds “Welcome to my World B-I-T-C-H.”
For someone who has never watch the originals I would say that maybe they can watch this remake and although still find it boring may see potential, but for hard core fans and followers of Wes Craven’s version this was nothing but a big No-No in the horror production world. On a rating of 5 stars I would say that this was a good 2 stars, mainly because it did in the beginning show potential of creativity with the character of Kris. Other wise, this film belongs right next to other failed remake films such as Halloween 2.