A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) — In theaters I was just stoked that someone actually made Freddy Krueger scary again.  He’s been such a joke-driven comic character for so long people forget that in the original film he was creepy as all hell.  Jackie Earle Haley definitely brought that back to the character.  No one else in this film is any good really (except Clancy Brown who could play “guy hiding something” in his sleep).  If it wasn’t for her very good small role in The Social Network, I’d be somewhat concerned about Rooney Mara landing the lead in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo since she doesn’t carry this movie especially well.  Likewise Kyle Gallner, who was good on Veronica Mars, doesn’t really do anything.  I can’t really mention any other characters because there aren’t any, just pretty people who get all cut up.  So maybe this film doesn’t get the viewer invested in the character’s well-being like Wes Craven’s 1984 film did.  It’s still creepy and atmospheric and easily better than any of the Nightmare sequels, just not as good as the original.

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