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First Review: A Nightmare on Elm Street the Remake

The first review for Platinum Dunes’ A Nightmare on Elm Street redux is now alive and kicking. Good? Bad? It’s both a little and a lot of both, if that makes any sense. Then again, in Krueger land … does anything really make sense?

The Samuel Bayer directed remake stars Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara, Kyle Gallner, Katie Cassidy, Thomas Dekker, Kellan Lutz, Clancy Brown, and Connie Britton and focuses on a serial child molester murdered by angry parents, who returns with a burnt face and a razor glove to terrorize teens in their dreams.

Check out the first review over at AICN, and let us know what you think or have to add below. Let the speculation begin! Something tells us we’re going to be in for a very long ride.

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  • Dobre Filmy

    I think this movie is waste of money. The old verion tried to build some atmosfere, but this is only other bloody horror as lots of USA productions. See the trailer here – in Poland this movie even got a good marketing – the trailer is much shorter than official.

  • Floydian Trip

    Sounds like its gonna turn out as good as I expected. If they can’t make a better movie than the original then they shouldn’t be making movies period.

  • TheFritz

    I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it until this newest Michael Bay abortion fails as miserably as it deserves; BOYCOTT THIS CRAP-ASS REMAKE!!!

    The only way Hollywood and the “powers that be” will stop pissing all over classic films is if their white-washed PG-13 studio pandering bullshit stops making money. If you’re curious about the film, then watch the original Wes Craven film that will, without any doubt, out-shine this fecal matter in every conceivable way! If you’re still curious about how bad this version is, then steal it from the internet!

    But whatever you do, do not, I repeat, DO NOT PUT MONEY INTO THIS FILM! Even the most morbid curiosity that leads to dollars will equate to success in the twisted, self-glorifying, egotistical “minds” of the people behind this disgrace.

    Anyone that bitches about remakes and then pays to see them should be ashamed of themselves!

  • ridetheskies

    If I’m not mistaken, adjusting for inflation, the original would cost roughly $4.27 million.

    It’s a disappointing review, but it seems that studio execs and producers never understand that they should cast characters that we actually care about (of course, the script is also to blame). It’s much better when they inevitably die then. I don’t care about stereotypical jocks and vapid cheerleader type roles; I cheer when those characters die. But c’mon, it’s Freddy, a child molester. We should hate him.

    I can’t find the article right now, but I do remember an interview that was done shortly after the trailer came out. He (can’t remember who) assured an R rating.

    I could care less about nudity, but I want to be scared, horrified, disturbed, whatever, and that will probably take more than a PG-13 rating.

  • doubleh55

    Usually I defend PG-13 but if this one does get the PG 13 rating, holy cow……

    • nonserviam03

      Seriously! I mean, with Drag Me To Hell it was one thing. They made the movie, and it just turned out to be PG13. They didn’t intentionally go about making it a PG13 movie, it just was one.

      With A Nightmare On Elm Street, the ONLY way to make this end up a PG13 is if it’s what they’re shooting for, and given the story and the source material, they would seriously have to soften it up. This is unacceptable.

      • Chainsaw

        I think that’s something I wish more filmmakers could do: make a movie and go with what rating the movie dictates, not make a movie dictated by the rating. It’s not going to happen under the studio system, but it’s what I wish would happen.

  • PelusaMG

    So in essence, AICN thought it was crap, but are trying to say it has potential. Just call a spade a spade will ya! I expect to see this review pulled fairly soon, at the (*ahem*) ‘request’ of Platinum Dunes… “One, two, Bay is coming for you…”.

    BTW – Adjusting for inflation, what cost $2 million to make in 1983 would cost over $42 million today, so NOES 2010 is cheaper in that respect!

    CORRECTION: $4.2 million as ridetheskies correctly states above! I miscounted the number of zeros…