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A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
New Nightmare for a new generation, which for the most part is a good one
I know this seems out of the realm of conception for most Freddy fans, but this remake does not suck and does not tarnish the sanctity of the original series.
What we get is a different history for the the teenagers, a different Freddy, an extra teenager we didn't have in the original, and a different Nancy with a different last name. Honestly, she seems to be a combination of Nancy from the original and Alice from the later sequels.
I'm actually glad they decided to upgrade Freddy to the extreme that he is in this movie, since it gives him a closer attachment to the teenagers and now they don't just seems like teens that just got the bad luck of growing up in this town that Freddy lived in, and at the start of the movie he just chooses to go after them just because they live there and are still just teens.
The actors and actresses all do a good job with what they are given, with Haley as Freddy really the only standout portrayal. Mara as Nancy, while not as good with her role as Haley is with his, is still good and gives some substance as a outsider who still has friends. All the others play their roles with at least some effort and don't appear to be just going through the motions. As always, its nice to see Clancy Brown perform in his role.
The visuals are a treat. The constant switching between environments during the "micro naps" looked awesome and was a nice addition to pump up the notion that escaping from Freddy is impossible. The lighting changes between reality and dreams where also nice to see.
So, given a chance, this new Nightmare (Call me crazy but this one is better than Wes Craven's previous pre-Scream New Nightmare) is a good movie. It may not be better than the original, which given the history of horror remakes seems to be a very difficult task to perform, but its still better than some of the sequels in the original series.