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Retelling NOT a Remake,
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This review is from: Nightmare on Elm Street (Blu-ray + DVD Combi) [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Although hated or disliked by most I personally feel that this film was of a high standard. It is the only film I have seen at the cinema 3 times!
Like my title says it needs to be remembered that unlike Psycho etc they didn't just update the film and remake the original they took the story and made it new.
Yes on the downside the digital work could have been better and made the overall edge of Freddy a little less scary but with the character they went much darker and even the 'quips' seemed more threatening than the original dark humour. Mr.Haley plays a great villain and is scary in a different way to Mr.Englund that is for definite!
With plenty of doffs of the hat (see start of movie and the sheep run across the screen etc) to the original they certainly kept the strange dream feel alive whilst bringing in modern thinking of sleep and dreams.
The characters weren't that well fleshed out and there was no real empathy towards them which again was a problem for many but then really how much was there in the original?
Making Freddy a child molester upset a lot of people too even though this was how the original was initially intending to take the character!! Along with this many have felt that the basic story was changed too much, well I say change can be good.
Whilst in the cinema I saw a younger generation come in and for the first time in a long time actually JUMP at scenes and almost hide behind their hands like the days of old. In a society where Horror movies have had to become more extreme with desensitisation it was good to see the classic scares being given an update and actually work where so many modern films fail!