A Nightmare on Elm Street

D: Samuel Bayer
Warner Bros./New Line (Michael Bay, Andrew Form & Brad Fuller)
US 2010
94 mins
W: Wesley Strick & Eric Heisserer [based on characters created by Wes Craven]
DP: Jeff Cutter
Ed: Glen Scantlebury
Mus: Steve Jablonsky
Rooney Mara (Nancy Holbrook), Jackie Earle Haley (Freddy Krueger), Kyle Gallner (Quentin Smith), Katie Cassidy (Kris Fowles), Thomas Dekker (Jesse), Kellan Lutz (Dean Russell)
I really hate the new phrase "re-imagination" coined by Hollywood's Yes Men so they can retread familiar footsteps. A remake is a remake. Stop trying to pull the wool over our eyes!
I should have known this was going to be terrible because Michael Bay is credited as producer and that man is a fucking disease!
The original NOES saga ran out of steam over its 7 movies and 1994's New Nightmare was the worst of the bunch, this is slightly better than that film, but it really didn't need to be made. It replaces all the humour and cheesy effects for gore and a more sinister Freddy Krueger, who may as well have "paedophile" written across his face instead of the crap makeup (which actually looks more like CGI). Jackie Earle Haley doesn't actually do a bad job as the villain, but he's simply no Robert Englund.
Rooney Mara delivered a reasonably good performance, especially considering the script gave her so little to work with.
Still, it's very ironic that a movie about characters trying to stay awake nearly sent me to sleep.

Jackie Earle Haley in A Nightmare on Elm Street
Jackie Earle Haley in A Nightmare on Elm Street