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Nightmare on Elm Street

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1 /10
Average Rating
3.73 /10
Freddy Krueger - Jackie Earle Haley, Quentin Smith - Kyle Gallner
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Directed by: Samuel Bayer
Written by: Wesley Strick and Eric Heisserer Based on the characters by Wes Craven

Released: 2010
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 95

Another sleep-inducing remake.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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As if Michael Bay (Transformers, Bad Boys, Armageddon) wasn’t responsible for directing some of the most cynically dumb action movies in Hollywood history, he has also produced some truly rotten and redundant remakes of classic horror films.

This is the latest, a scare-free horror flick in which Jackie Earle Haley (pictured) takes over the iconic striped sweater and imperfect complexion from Robert Englund, as Freddy Krueger, the razor-fingered killer who – ever since 1984 – has been slashing teenagers to death in their dreams.

As if bumping off scantily-clad teens isn’t squalid and unsavoury enough, there’s the added ingredient of paedophilia. It’s a sure sign of the movie’s failure that Mr Haley played a far scarier child-molester in the suburban drama Little Children.

26 years ago, Johnny Depp was one of Freddy’s first victims, but there’s no one of that calibre here. They are the usual drab crowd of Hollywood hopefuls, and it’s impossible to care even slightly as they are dispatched in uninventive ways.

It doesn’t help that, when the characters fall asleep, they all inhabit more-or-less the same nightmare. This may save money on sets but doesn’t say much for their imaginations, or the movie-makers’.

As the various teenagers fight to stay awake, you may find yourself doing exactly the same.

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