I just got home from seeing A Nightmare on Elm Street. This is the new “reboot” version. If you are a fan of the original movie you MUST see this. Overall I was very impressed with the movie. It was not cheesy. In fact it was quite intelligent.
In my own mind I always hope people would give themselves super powers when they realize they are in a dream, like Dreamscape with Dennis Quaid. Of course that does not happen, but this version of Nightmare was very well done.
It follows the same basic plot of the original. A bunch of teenage kids are being haunted by Freddie Kruger in their dreams. They start dying in their dreams. Then the few kids that are left are trying to figure out who Freddie is and why he is after them. That why is the biggest departure from the original movie. In this movie one of the kids dreams the events of Freddie being hunted by the parents, and pleading that he did not do what they think he did. This element of Freddie possibly being innocent and going after the kids for their parents bad deed is really well done. Of course I can’t tell you if Freddie is a falsely persecuted man looking for some twisted sense of justice, or if he is some kind of psychopath with the ability to continue his destruction in an afterlife/dream world. You will have to see the movie to know which turns out to be true.
And that is why you should see this movie in the theaters. Don’t let anyone tell you the truth. Learn it for yourself. If you are a horror film fan or a Nightmare fan… go see this movie. You will like it… maybe even love it. It begs for a sequel in a way that I want to see more. I have never thought that about a horror movie before. I just hope if/when they make a sequel to this version of Nightmare they do it with as much intelligence as this one.
Please leave a comment if you have seen this movie and whether you liked it or not.. and why. Thanks!