Sunday, May 9, 2010

A Nightmare on Elm Street



Freddy's back, played by Jackie Earle Haley who also played the mentally disturbed Rorschach in Watchmen and child rapist Ronnie McGorvey in Little Children. Jackie Haley has an extremely unique look/talk and plays so well the role of tortured monster. How will he handle the roll of horror king & nightmare legend Freddy Krueger? Would the new Freddy be brutal? Realistic? Funny? Gritty? Would it fall short of my expectations? So many questions that needed answers!

The opening death scene was perfection. It made my legs flex tight, toes curl under and my back straighten to full attention... 'fuck!!'. Awesome. Unfortunately that's pretty much where all the enjoyment and satisfaction ended with this movie.

*Spoiler Alert! I might give away the movie*
In this version of Nightmare on Elm Street it is brought straight to our attention that Freddy is a pedophile that was burned alive for raping children. He's returned after 20 or so years to rape (again) and kill his victims. He's back to punish them for tattling. Sick. Freddy was a lot of scary things back in the day and maybe he did rape kids, but I never knew it if he did, because it wasn't thrust blatantly into my face the direct knowledge that he RAPED children.

This remake does not add any value to the line of Freddy Krueger. Freddy looks like an alien, and he sounds pathetic. The directors/writers were so desperate to add to the legend but they failed miserably. Shame on the writers, shame on the director... you're weak and have no creative imagination. Yes, child rape exists, but who wants to watch a movie about it? You had the "Holy Grail" of horror in your hands that you could have done ANYTHING with... they gave you Freddy for fuck sake and you turned out a cheap, sleazy, disgusting piece of garbage. Boo!!

I give A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010 a zero. Disappointed. Angry. It doesn't even matter that there were cool scenes like swimming in hallways filled with blood and snowing in bedrooms... the disgust left inside my mind as we walked out of the theatre over rides everything.

PS... Jackie Haley, do you really want to go down in history as a child rapist? What the hell is wrong with you man? Are you seriously a pedophile in real life and that's why you're drawn to these roles? Come on man...

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