Death stalks the dreams of several young adults to claim its revenge on the killing of Freddy Kruger. Chased and chastised by this finger-bladed demon, it is the awakening of old memories and the denials of a past of retribution that spurns this hellish vision of a dreamlike state and turns death into a nightmare reality.Written by
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A Mediocre Attempt To Resurrect A No Longer Frightening Monster
I've been excited for this remake for a while, probably for the simple fact that it's Freddy Kruger on screen again. Can you tell I'm a Nightmare fan? However, upon the release of the film, it became clear from early reviews and such that this film failed to achieve what it set out to do. My expectations were significantly lowered. Now that I've seen it, was I right to lower my expectations? Absolutely.
While it's not the train wreck it's being made out to be by many, it's definitely not the revitalization of Freddy that we had hoped for. The main problem, I think, is that Freddy is no longer scary, and it shows with this ho-hum attempt. Here, Kruger is dead serious, and it's certainly a different kind of Freddy. Where as the monster always had a little too much cartoonish villainy in his blood (yes, even in the original), here he is a bit more brutal. He yells at his victims, coldly talks down to them, throws them around, and beats them up. While Freddy may laugh a bit at his victims, he rarely has a big, goofy grin on his face and he is rarely charming in the same way Englund portrayed him. While many will have fond memories of the original Freddy, and Jackie certainly doesn't quite get there, I appreciate what he brought to the character. He was definitely a great choice behind Englund.
The problem is, as mentioned, he simply isn't frightening anymore. The remake itself seems almost impossible simply because, for over 20 years, Freddy has been an iconic monster. We're so used to who he is, what he does, and what his motivations are that it's not longer really that thrilling. That may not ring well with many, but it really has been a long time since he was scary.
Which is sad, because if he HAD been more frightening, this film might have been a bit better. The acting in it is decent from everyone else. The new Nancy doesn't have the same energy that Heather brought to the original, but she also feels a bit less hammy, as I always found Heather's Nancy to come off a little goofy at times. This is certainly understandable, considering it was the 80's. The film also has an interesting take in making the victims themselves not only victims of the monster Freddy, but the human one too. I liked the added twist of motivation in Freddy's attempt to kill all of these children and thought it fleshed out the story a bit more. I also can see how that might be necessary, since most of the details of the series have worn out there welcome. I also found the directing quite adequate. I was half expecting another blurry, jumpy, horrible jumble of a film, but it was much more methodical and well paced than I expected.
Of course, the script lacked. I felt that the kids figured things out a bit too conveniently and made a few poor choices. The micro naps bit was a welcome and fresh addition, but I've always taken issue with the sleep deprivation bits of the series. Here, I had issues with the use of drugs as a method of aid. I was expecting the kids to fall down dead simply from exhaustion. One pleasant addition is the climax, which was far better than the campy booby trapped house of the original. The supernatural elements are also played down more. No skeleton disappearing in beds here. Of course, that is a double edged sword. As many have said, there is a definite lack of imagination in a lot of the scenes, and while the nightmares are interestingly grounded and make sure to remind you that no place is safe, with so many imaginative scenes throughout the series, one would think they would at least get a bit more creative with the scenes.
This brings me to my biggest gripe: the deaths. Over the course of a number of films, Freddy has found creative ways to dispatch his unfortunate victims. Not here. Here we get simple slices and dices. Sure, Freddy terrorizes his victims to no end, but there's no new Puppeteer death or Super Hearing Aid. One would think that the creators would at least think of some creative ways to off the kids as that was never an issue with the series. No. Sure enough, this is a very faithful remake of a superior film that didn't need one.
Did I like the new film? Meh, it was a decent attempt, but it ultimately fails to thrill. I did enjoy Hayley's new Freddy, but only to a point, and that point didn't carry the film. Had this film brought about the idea of a dream killer, it might have worked better despite its short comings. But as it stands, Freddy simply isn't frightening enough anymore to make a film like this work.
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