Cover Art: 9/10 Menu: 4/10
I like it. This is an image I would have on a poster for sure. It’s bold and a little creepy, maybe because I know who it is and what he’s capable of in his movie world and it is capable of freaking out the deeply buried teenager in the farthest reaches of my mind. The menu is just navigation and anyway, I don’t really care much about menus anymore. If they stand out as a part of the whole package to make an experience then I will reconsider.
- Freddy Kruger Reborn – I like these kinds of extras. It has lots of interviews, cast and crew, behind the scenes, story origins, how the movie got made, and more. It’s not too glossy, not too produced, so it’s not got that irritating overdone quality.
- Alternative Opening & Ending – This is one of the best alternate offerings I’ve seen in a long time. I have to say I might not prefer both of them to what was left in the movie, but I do appreciate that they included the full uncut versions of each. The opening is pretty short,but the end is the full end sequence alternative. The end sequence isn’t fully finished with perfect special effects and whatnot, but it’s pretty darn close.
- DVD & Digital Copy – Nice to be included.
The Movie: 7/10
A very bad man who can hurt you in your dreams is not only a good idea for a movie, but it has haunted the youthful corners of my mind for 25 years. The original Nightmare on Elm Street turned my crank back when I was just a young teen. I wasn’t afraid of the dark or anything like that, but it was pivotal in bending my mind way back then. The remake in 2010 would never have had the same effect, so it’s not fair to compare, but I can’t really help it.
I will compare, but only these two things, first I cared about the teens back in the 80’s because I was a teen. At my current age (cough cough 43) I didn’t care at all about the troubled kids who are running from Freddie in their dreams. I think that’s partly due to the actors, some a bit too glossy, some too whiny, and partly due to the fact that I just don’t care if teenagers in movies get gutted and tossed aside anymore.
The other thing I will compare is Freddie himself. I can honestly say that Robert England had no impact on me at all. I don’t remember him specifically. I only remember creepy Freddie. However, this time around Haley does such a distinct job of being creepy and bad that he was the best part of the whole movie.
The story is the same, for the most part. There are enough differences in the characters and enough varied modes of death to keep it interesting. It sometimes gets a bit style over substance, but when they go back to the brief origins of Fred Kruger it did take a turn to a more substantial horror flick, not just all blood and guts.
Speaking of blood, the “bed scene”, if you know the original, is even better! I’m just saying.
Freddie is an evil asshole, don’t see him as a cheeky bad-ish guy. He’s very very very bad, and he deserves every bit of pain he gets. I hope they don’t turn him into some kind of anti-bad guy in future sequels, it just would be so ugly to make him charming. Ugh.
Overall I enjoyed this remake of one of the most memorable movies of my high school years. If someone want’s to make it again in 25 years I’ll see that one too, just for that sweet nostalgia stuff. 🙂
Audio & Video: 7/10
A Nightmare On Elm Street looks quite good on Blu-Ray not stunning but quite good. I did notice a couple of artifacting issues during dark scenes and a hefty amount of banding during one of Freddie’s boiler room scenes. This is a little weird for a 2010 release but aside from those issues this still is a major upgrade from the included DVD version.
Audio is really impressive, as I said in the podcast a lot of the scares in this movie are audio related and the DTS Master Audio 5.1 track really is loud when it needs to be. There are some awesome surround effects here including a really creepy nursery rhyme that comes from behind you. The audio on the disc really lifts the movie up. I cannot imagine it having the same effect on a little TV speaker though make sure you crank up the 5.1 system to 11 to fully enjoy it.
Nostalgia aside, I won’t be needing this classic remake on my shelf. I did enjoy it, however, I won’t be watching it again unless it shows up on the late night Halloween marathons in years to come. The extras are just enough to peek my interest but not so much it’s like Freddie overload. You will get your money’s worth if you find it for around 12 bucks. Wait for the cheapened version:)
Overall Score 7/10