Do a Shot: every time someone says “wake up”
By: The Bloody Blogger (Two Beers) –
Ok, I’m sure you don’t need to be schooled in the classics of horror so you should by now know your stuff when it comes to the original A Nightmare On Street, and if you don’t ….. DO YOUR RESEARCH!
Oh, how I wish I could leave it at that, but alas not all of you out there are horror fans, so let me school you (just a little) in what is known as the story of A nightmare On Elm Street. In a chestnut the story goes… the spectre of a dead child rapist haunts the children of the parents who murdered him, stalking and killing them in their dreams.
A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010), pays its respects to the original by keeping some of the iconic scenes, as well as holding a flame to storyline originality but still branching out away from copying the original scene by scene. It’s one to watch with a group in the dark for the extra atmosphere.
Although it may have some originality when it comes to the storyline, the jump-scares are in abundance and as predictable as ever. Although to some degree still entertaining to watch, they are nothing to keep you up at night and if you’re a horror veteran you may find yourself needing that extra beer to keep you awake during them.
If you’re a lightweight when it comes to the horror genre you may find yourself loving this film, as for a first-timer it’s what you want; jump-scares, a good story and sub-par acting. That’s right, I said sub-par. For the rest of you horror veterans you may be disappointed. What made the original a classic were the casting choices and the atmosphere, both of which this film lacks. If you’re like me you’ll be drinking on just to make Nancy (Rooney Mara) bearable. Nancy ends up being your typical awkward loner until the nightmares bring her closer to her classmates, who in any other circumstances would push her to the curb and not give two shits about her.
All in all if you go into this film expecting a remake you will be disappointed, but if you go in expecting a reboot to make an old classic appeal to a newer generation you may find yourself enjoying this one despite the faults.