Movie: A Nightmare on Elm Street

By Drum Digital
07 July 2010

What’s it about?

Bent on revenge the diabolical Freddy Krueger kills the children of a group of parents who had made a terrible mistake in the past.

Who will enjoy it?

Rather ask who won’t enjoy this – everyone who remembers Wes Craven’s original film and still believes he’s the king of horror directors! This weak imitation is about as scary as dirty dishwater with bits of spaghetti floating in it. The main characters are so entirely devoid of personality you actually wish they’d get killed so you can get some sleep. And Haley isn’t worthy of Robert Englund’s nailclippers, never mind trying to sharpen his blades! This film was supposed to be about the dangers of insomnia and capable of hypnotising audiences into a state of shock, but it only succeeds in making you doze off. And you won’t even have a nice nightmare!

Wait for DVD?

Yes, because to actually spend money on a ticket to see this would be a sin. Your cash would be better spent on candyfloss, which could well be more chilling than this new version of Freddy Krueger’s watered-down adventures. At home you and your buddies will at least be able to entertain yourself making sarcastic comments about just how stupid this movie is. In fact, the quicker this attempt at horror is taken off circuit and doomed to DVD the better. Think of your worst teacher – well, he or she is worse than this imitation of Freddy. A helluva disappointment.

Similar films

Definitely not the original A Nightmare on Elm Street. Perhaps Jennifer’s Body or Halloween 2.

Thriller. With JACKIE EARLE HALEY, KYLE GALLNER and ROONEY MARA. Director: Samuel Bayer. 16VL. Opens 16 July.

Rating: 1/5

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