Film #201: A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (2010)
A Nightmare on Elm Street
2 out of 5 stars
I finally got around to seeing this and I went into it with the idea that it was going to be TERRIBLE. Happily, that’s not exactly true. While it is true that the film is unoriginal and paced unevenly, there are a couple of nifty little scenes and the acting is competent enough, so the 90+ minutes you’ll spend watching this isn’t exactly wasted. Jackie Earle Haley phones in a performance in which he should have just raged and the likes of Clancy Brown and Connie Briton are absolutely wasted, but the young cast does what they can with what they’re given and the whole thing ends up not exactly being good, but it’s doesn’t exactly suck either. Director Samuel Bayer manages to capture the mood of the piece, but it’s the exact same atmosphere that Craven did in the original. That and the over-use of CG effects & derivative narrative hobble this film from being worthwhile out of the gate. See it... but don't expect much.