Nightmare on Elm Street

  • dannyboy1101

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    May 02, 2010 8:08 PM GMT
    I saw it on opening night and I liked it. It seemed like the best remake of an old horror classic I can think of to date. Freddy's voice was one element I was very pleased with - seemed much darker, more sinister than in the original.

    Hot boys starring in it, as well. That's always important.

    A lot of where the hell did he go? moments which I found to be effective in this movie. Glad that the puns were used sparingly.

    Drawbacks: My friend and I were truly disappointed in Nancy's mother. She played it realistically which I guess is a good thing whereas the original she was just hillarious drinking straight vodka like water. It was interesting that from what I can remember, every character in 2010 only had one parent (what does that say about America?).

    Freddy's origin in the original I felt was somewhat better in that he was caught but got off on a technicality which resulted in the parents taking matters in their own hands. The current one makes it frustrating that they didn't even try the police. I think it's much more realistic that parents would be driven to such extreme rage in the first situation than in the second. I will say the tweaked storyline is an interesting change though minor, I suppose.

    Disappointed Johnny Depp's death scene wasn't recreated/updated in the new movie.

    Not sure if they created a storyline for an effective sequel seeing how Freddy was fixated on killing a select group of people rather than a whole neighborhood as in the original. Would say more but I don't want to spoil it if you haven't seen it.

    Thoughts, boys and girls?
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    May 02, 2010 11:30 PM GMT
    I didn't know there was a new one out. Damn! I love the Nightmare movies. Does Robert Englund (sp?) still play Freddie? Can't wait to see it now.
  • jingold04

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    May 03, 2010 12:32 AM GMT
    Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen,Oscar nom for Little Children) plays Freddie. I can't believe you called it an "old horror classic" Danny! I saw the original at the drive-in. Gotta run,my adult diaper is full & my arthritis is keeping me from typing.
    (I still love you Danny!)
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    May 03, 2010 12:33 AM GMT
    nightmare is pretty much my favorite horror series, so i was kinda disappointed in the new one...
  • Cannon

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    May 03, 2010 2:59 AM GMT
    I saw it last night and I didn't love it. Maybe it's because I watch too many horror movies, but I found all of the "scares" way too predictable. There were sooo many jump tactics and they were mostly unsuccessful. The crowd barely screamed or gasped the entire movie. It was a cheese AND snooze fest, in my opinion. My favourite horror remake that I can think of off the top of my head is Dawn of the Dead. Now that was an entertaining movie!
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    May 03, 2010 3:10 AM GMT
    It wasn't scary. It was just startled me. But it makes me sad that they killed Katie Cassidy to early. She was awesome.
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    May 03, 2010 3:23 AM GMT
    im terrified of freddy.
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    May 03, 2010 3:31 AM GMT
    The Special effects weren't bad but the pace of the movie may turn many fans off. I had one friend who was jumping out of his seat from fear. (He hates horror movies) My other friend who is a big Horror movie fan actually started falling asleep through out the movie.

    I think it was made for the new generation since it was missing a lot of elements from the original. They focused on Freddy's Krueger past which was interesting but didn't seem to really make the plot much stronger.
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    May 03, 2010 3:59 AM GMT
    The remake seemed more like a drama about the travesty of child molestation than a horror movie...Not much suspense at all and pretty predictable and not in a fun way. I thought the Friday the 13th remake was better in that they played off of what we already knew and loved about Jason....This one tried to reinvent everything too much.
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    May 03, 2010 3:04 PM GMT
    Well, I was going to go see it but everyone I've talked to and the online community mostly agree it wasn't as good as it looked.

    I'll wait for the DVD.
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    May 03, 2010 3:12 PM GMT
    Some friends saw it and walked out that's enough for me. I will just re-watch the classic! Unless Wes Craven was willing to direct it. I knew it was going to be a wash!

    Some movie just shouldn't be re-made and that's one of them along with Friday the 13th.
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    May 03, 2010 5:27 PM GMT
    Four of us went on Friday and all agreed it would have been better as a rental. We didn't think it compared to the original at all. My boyfriend gets scared very easily and he wasn't scared at all - so I didn't get to comfort him icon_sad.gif.
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    May 03, 2010 5:34 PM GMT
    It was horrible.
    Writing = terrible.
    Acting = atrocious.

    But it's probably my fault. From time to time, I go to the movies with my 'film critic' eyes wide open and I listen to the dialogue and the acting and forget to enjoy the film. Idk.
  • coolarmydude

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    May 03, 2010 5:50 PM GMT
    I thought it was okay, but not great like the original.

    What I thought was very strange was that the central focus of the beginning of the movie were 2 teen characters that were killed in the first 1/2 hour of the movie, then we had to reinvest our focus into the next two characters who were only minor characters in the beginning. That was a very unorthodox approach to character introduction that I think was somewhat a failure.
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    May 03, 2010 5:51 PM GMT
    i thought it was stupid. i hated the main charecters and there were no creative grusome deaths....
  • coolarmydude

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    May 03, 2010 5:51 PM GMT
    Ducky46 saidSome friends saw it and walked out that's enough for me. I will just re-watch the classic! Unless Wes Craven was willing to direct it. I knew it was going to be a wash!

    Some movie just shouldn't be re-made and that's one of them along with Friday the 13th.


    I have an idea in writing the prequel to Friday the 13th that explains how Jason became what he became and about his twisted mother.
  • HorrorHound

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    May 03, 2010 5:57 PM GMT
    I was dissapointed. Let down. It was yet another case of me falling victim to a well-edited Michael Bay trailer (again!). It didn't SUCK by no means. But was it better than the original? NO. HELL NO. In fact, MANY of the special effects scenes they recreated from the original - SUCKED in this. Horrid CGI. Sorry, but the scene of freddy pressing out of the wall at Nancy in bed (HORRIBLE cgi, ya'll!) was done MUCH better in 84 with a $1.50 sheet of rubber that Robert Englund had to press & stretch through to get that effect. Much better.

    & the Being ripped open & dragged across the wall/ceiling scene? HA! that was FUCKING HILARIOUS in this new one. Not nearly as creepy & terrifying as the old one.

    & Naw, I did go in seeing it NOT comparing the two.

    But having a cast of "hot guys" doesn't make it a "good" movie. Sorry to say...!

    Oh & the fact that it has 2,407 loud "JUMP" scares - doesn't make it a EFFECTIVE good scary movie. Ya'll, that tactic (esp when done to death in this movie) is a true sign of a director not knowing how to build suspense. It's a easy cheap trick.

    It was just - UNDERwhelming. Flat. Too polished & bland. JEH (freddy) was very UNDER-used.

    The original was better! Nuff said icon_lol.gif
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    May 03, 2010 5:59 PM GMT
    hmm....I was going to go watch it, now that everybody is ripping this movie to shreads I guess I wont...then again Im not a big fan of re-make movies....seems like Hollywood is running out of ideas now daysicon_rolleyes.gif
  • HorrorHound

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    May 03, 2010 6:01 PM GMT
    coolarmydude saidI thought it was okay, but not great like the original.

    What I thought was very strange was that the central focus of the beginning of the movie were 2 teen characters that were killed in the first 1/2 hour of the movie, then we had to reinvest our focus into the next two characters who were only minor characters in the beginning. That was a very unorthodox approach to character introduction that I think was somewhat a failure.



    Yup! & this, IMO, was just a bad exposition reason behind it that ended up making the pacing of the movie go on & on. In fact the pacing of the movie was very un-even. Though I was estatic to be watching/seeing it - i was sorta bored.
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    May 03, 2010 6:06 PM GMT
    i love the originals because theyre creepy and they had creative deaths like the motorcycle who crawled under that guys skin and all that creepy campy junk. but he just sliced em. the only thing i thought was kool was the ending scene that kinda scared me (i knew it was coming but it was still shocking) other than that....gay
  • Android17

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    May 03, 2010 6:08 PM GMT
    It's not the same without Robert Englund, the new one looks like an anorexic mucus.
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  • vindog

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    May 04, 2010 1:05 AM GMT



    This whole thing about explaining where these supernatural people come from is SO IRRITATING....


    who fucking cares!

    I was going to see this, and I am absolutely will not now. I hate Michael Bay.


    Patton Oswalt nails this one...I feel so the same way..



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    May 04, 2010 2:11 AM GMT
    Just saw it. It sucked. You just shouldn't touch an old classic.
  • dannyboy1101

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    May 04, 2010 2:20 AM GMT
    vindog said

    I was going to see this, and I am absolutely will not now. I hate Michael Bay.


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    I agree... Someone needs to stop Michael Bay. Luckily this one didn't fall prey to my most common Bay complaint (just because the actors are running doesn't mean the cameraman has to, as well).

    I think the reason some people probably hold the original up so high is that it was truly innovative. It was a new idea and used very creative ways without cgi to achieve visual effects. Things just aren't as shocking now to us as an audience.

    I for one was glad they left the campy murders out. I would have liked a bit more time for each character to fight to get away (seemed like all the kills were way too quick), but a guy turning into a motorcycle or a hearing aid biting a deaf guy was totally unwelcome in my book.

    I so wish that a good writer and a good director would come together to create something new a la Alien. I'm not sure how one could outdo the horror of the first Alien "birthing" scene, but I want someone to think of a way! The closest we've come to innovation in recent years would be Saw in my opinion because of all of its twists and turns and intense scenes.

    Needless to say, Michael Bay, you have enough money. Go home!
  • vindog

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    May 04, 2010 4:22 AM GMT
    those deaths were in the later years of Nightmare.



    Johnny Depp getting pulled into a bed, scattered, diced and pureed, then his remains "geysered" out of the hole in the bed was EPIC.