Originally Posted by ApolloCreed
I wasn't talking about the original. A few posts prior to that one, I listed a few movies that are on deck for the weekend. One of them is the REMAKE of A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010). From what I hear, it fails to do the original any justice at all. Like I said though, I'm looking forward to it regardless of that solely because I'm a fan of the series.
Get ready for some suckiness then if you haven't seen the remake.
My opinion on ANOES 2010 hasn't really changed from when I saw it in the theaters (I went dressed up as Freddy Krueger for this, so you can call me a fan if you'd like
). Characters are boring stereotypical models, script is boring, editing is a serious mess, effects are a CGI mess and are less than stellar when compared to the original, soundtrack is a devastating letdown, and Freddy looks like an Alien. The anamorphic cinematography wasn't the right choice for this case either, as everything looks too polished for what it's worth. The last 10 minutes of the movie is the best part where Freddy actually moves around and chases people (somewhat). 80% of the movie is comprised of Freddy standing around (usually near a chalkboard) and popping up out of no where, saying a line, and then cutting to the next scene. It's a movie that clearly relies on cheap scare tactics rather then embracing the viewer into some real atmosphere and suspense like the original.
Imagine if McDonald's (Michael Bay Production CO) started to make authentic Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches. You know immediately that they are going to find the cheapest, fastest, most efficient way to make them so that they will taste "good enough" to be released for sale. This is EXACTLY what happens with most of the modern remakes today, including ANOES 2010. It feels artificial to the point of being cheap and a slap in the face. When directors put their heart and soul into a project while being truly creative and plan together with a solid crew/cast to give it their all comes the great remakes (AKA John Carpenter's The Thing). You don't even need a lot of money to make a good A Nightmare on Elm Street, and that's the sad truth. I truly think that if someone gave an independent film company who actually cares about the ANOES franchise 5-10 million dollars that they would have achieved much better results.
Which brings me to the effects. You will see most of the original effects redone, but all using CGI. The most disgusting out of them all has to be the "wall" scene where Nancy is sleeping. The original completed this by using black spandex material with very careful lighting and having an actor brush his face and claws through it so that it looks hauntingly real and creepy. The new one uses 100% CGI for this scene (it looks terrible too). The famous bathtub scene also is heavily gimped as well. Even the scene where Freddy drags Tina up the wall and splits her open is extremely weak compared to the original which leaves audiences, "Woah..that's some serious stuff".
The soundtrack has no apparent theme (well, it kinda does but it's so production-like sounding). It's something that can be made in iLife's Garageband with any of the string plug-ins. Hell, I could have made the soundtrack, and that's not saying much.
I'm at-least able to sit through it without getting overly pissed off, but I really find myself bored a lot of the times, same as I felt in the theaters.
Is it better than ANOES 2: Freddy's Revenge, ANOES 5: Dream Child, or ANOES 6: Freddy's Dead? Well, in some ways yes. In other ways, no. I dislike all of these movies on some scale, especially the 2010 remake so I can't really determine which is better. It's like picking out the best looking turd in a pond. It just seems rather pointless.
If you are a fan of the series, you will greatly enjoy ANOES 1, 3, and 4 so much more than the 2010 rehash.
Either way, being a ANOES Fanboi, I have the remake on Blu-ray. I just don't think it's going to get a lot of viewings from me.