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A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET

Based on characters created by Wes Craven in his 1984 sleeper horror hit, Freddy Krueger returns in "A Nightmare On Elm Street", a contemporary re-imagining of the horror classic. A group of suburban teenagers share one common bond: they are all being stalked by Freddy Krueger, a horribly disfigured killer who hunts them in their dreams. As long as they stay awake, the can protect one another... but then they sleep, there is no escape.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: 18
Release Date: 13 May 2010
Genre: Thriller / Horror / Suspense
Running Time: 1 Hour 36 Minutes
Distributor: WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Cast: Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara, Kyle Gallner, Katie Cassidy, Thomas Dekker, Kellan Lutz, Clancy Brown, Connie Britton
Director: Samuel Bayer
Format: 35MM

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Writer: Ezekiel Lee Zhiang Yang

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Watch this if you liked: “Final Destination”, “Friday The 13th”

One, two... Wes Craven goes "what talking you?" Yes, the creator of the 1984 original that spawned eight further films featuring That Other Guy With A Fedora Who Isn't Indiana Jones would have good reason not to like this modern take. For Craven, he can be angry that he wasn't invited to contribute in some way for the new movie. For the rest of us who remember a time before "Freddy vs Jason" (2003), we can be disappointed that Freddy is now only half as scary and all the definitive ideas that Craven attached to the horror icon is burnt along with Freddy's face.

Speaking about his face, it was probably a good decision to have Freddy look more like a burn victim instead of the leprous miscreant we have come to remember him by throughout the 25-year franchise. What is disappointing is that the theme of abandonment and neglect, something that original Freddy man Robert Englund has always said was what he thought the character was about, is now only a small aspect of Freddy. The problematic teenagers and their recurrent nightmares about Krueger is a manifestation of their abandonment and neglect, even if you count in the in-universe backstory about how he his connected to them. That's why it's important that we see Kris' mum as an air stewardess in the movie. Without risking a spoiler to those who aren't familiar with Elm Street's troubles, it's safe to say that it was a combination of this theme and the reality-fantasy duality narrative that captured the imagination of so many horror fans and made the franchise a classic. This new compromise makes Freddy suffer and it's incidentally ironic that the makers have gone ahead with the decision to drop all the jokes from Freddy's persona as well.

For an R-rated horror movie however (18 in Malaysia, M18 in Singapore), it does give you decent value. There are several wonderful sequences, all borrowed from the franchise as a whole; and the nightmares are relived with better technology since we have progressed with more impressive CGI since. Freddy's appearances for example, are a mixture of traditional FX (prosthetics desiger Andrew Clement) and also CGI from the team who did Two-Face for "The Dark Knight" (2008).

The relatively unknown young cast hold their own, but it must be said that Jackie Earle Haley's turn as Freddy, despite being a natural decision since his wonderful Rorschach in "Watchmen" (2009), is a little underwhelming. Newcomer Rooney Mara looks (un)comfortable as one of Freddy's victims Nancy Holbrook and is delightfully easy to watch. In fact, her part seems to reference Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) in the original, as a special afflicted who can be key in nailing Freddy.

To make this sound less like a bitter review from a fanboy writer, this "A Nightmare On Elm Street" reupdate would probably be enjoyed by a great portion of anyone going to see it anyway. It's just that Freddy isn't so fun anymore for those who know him better. Already you can read that Haley has been contracted for two more movies after this one. Frederick Charles Krueger R.I.P.

Cinema Online, 04 May 2010

   
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