"You can't hurt me. This is my world. And you can't ever leave."Though Academy Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley (Shutter Island, Little Children) seemed like the perfect actor to play the gruesome psychopath Freddy Krueger, even he couldn't revive an empty script for the 2010 remake of the classic A Nightmare on Elm Street.
But is that what horror flicks--especially remakes--are about these days? They seem to be more about the thrills and chills than anything else. True, you may jump a few times on cue with the haunting music, but there's nothing really scary in this movie. The plot becomes more loopy and drawn out the second half of the movie where we actually find out the reason for Freddy's madness. But after all the buildup swirling around the method to his craziness, audiences--especially die hard Krueger fans--may be disappointed by it. It's cliched, boring, and anticlimactic. Once you find out everything, you might like him a lot better when you just thought of his as crazy for no reason.
Check it out if you're looking for a spooky Halloween flick, but skip it otherwise.
Reel Talk rating: D+