Festa #2.7 – Halloween Special – A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

I am so late with this fest. I was sad that I couldn’t wrap this up by Halloween but my nocturnal office timings messed it up! But should I stop it halfway? No. Like they say, it’s better late than never.

Theatrical release poster

Country of origin : United States

Language : English

Directed by : Samuel Bayer

Screenplay by : Wesley Strick, Eric Heisserer

Story by : Wesley Strick

Based on : Characters by Wes Craven

Starring : Jackie Earl Haley, Kyle Gallner, Rooney Mara, Katie Cassidy, Thomas Dekker, Kellan Lutz

Music : Steve Jablonsky

Released : 30 April 2010

Duration : 90 minutes

Genre : Slasher, Horror

Through a series of incidents involving the murders of Dean Russell and Kris Fowles, where while they sleep a man with a burnt face wearing singed clothes has a bladed gardeners glove in one hand. The man cuts the victims in the their dreams but the victims get injured in real life and dies.

Jesse, covered in Kris’s blood runs and tells Nancy to be careful of this man, Freddie and runs away, only to be arrested under suspicion of Kris’s murder. Jesse tries not to fall asleep in jail, but eventually does and is killed by Freddy.

As her friends die, one by one, she tries to find the connection they all have, and why Freddy is targeting them as well. The venture turns out to be more sinister than they thought. But they can’t spend too much time on finding the truth as they battle to be avoided being attacked and killed by Freddy in their sleep.

Now this movie wasn’t the original screenplay of this plot as well know, but is actually a remake of Wes Craven’s 1984 film of the same name. As far as the remake and the comparisons between that, I will tie in another post on my blogs section ‘Remake Rewind’, but this wasn’t the most impressive remake at this point.

I however didn’t know of the earlier remake and had ventures straight into this film, which is how it ended up in my horror fest.

Coming to the cast, I can say that if not amazing, they did give a good performance. Freddy Krueger was very well done and I must say that’s some impressive makeup! He literally could scare the living daylights out of us, if he visited us in our dreams! The CGI was quite good as well in this film.

Coming to the overall plot, and climax with which they justified Freddy’s actions- well I’m kind of half and half on that. Somewhere or the other it seemed very fitting with the whole mood, but somewhere or the other it didn’t interest me as much. Also, I expected a little more imagination into the dream sequences as well.

Maybe that’s why this movie garnered this many mixed reviews on it. I’ve seen people who enjoyed it and people who didn’t. Can we really rule it down to one category? I don’t think so. It was a very good attempt at rebuilding the movie from 1984 for sure.

But overall does it deserve this spot in the horror fest? Sure it does. It’s scary, keeps you on the edge of the seat and most importantly, how creepy is it that the noone can sleep because Freddy might attack them? Sleep is something the human body can’t not do, and the characters really go up to that point to even steal adrenaline and inject themselves, or inflict self pain! Wow I think that was the most gruelling part in this movie as part as the horror factor is considered!

So what do you feel about their movie? Let me know in the comments below!

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