Great movies are normally great for a reason. They are able to ‘bottle the lightning’ and come up with a unique idea that resonates with the audience of the time. To be a classic movie, however, the film needs to make an impact with audiences over many different decades, and although the clothes and hair styles may ‘date’ the film concept itself should hold up well to the passing of time.
For me the original A Nightmare On Elm Street is a classic, and though some non-horror fans may not agree with me, if you watch it, it can still really creep you out. Using the fear of sleeping as the main theme of the story is still a scary thought and is a universal concept.
So when people start remaking classics there is always a big risk that the concept that may still hold well with the original, may not hold the lightning that made the first so strong and may fail to be captured again with a flash new remake.
Because I see the original as such a classic, and I knew the main storyline already, it was really hard for me to accept this remake and really enjoy it. Add in the fact that not once did it make me jump in my seat or creep me out, it couldn’t help but fail in my eyes. The one good thing they did do, however, was pick a great actor to play the bad guy Freddy Kruger, but that just wasn’t enough to save it for me.
6 out of 10 from me!!!