Thursday, December 16, 2010

Nightmares On Elm Street

The other day, I dedicated a post to the new Karate Kid movie and noticed how similar it was to the original. Today, I'll offer up my thoughts on the re-imagining of A Nightmare On Elm Street.

I first saw the original Nightmare On Elm Street when I was staying in Germany in 1987. I was eight years old and my cousin got me hooked on horror films. That very same summer, the third installment of the series was out in the cinema and I was able to see it in the American air force base where my uncle was stationed.

Yes, I was able to get into a horror film - albeit accompanied by an adult - at a young age.

My fascination with Freddy Krueger developed from there. I even wrote a letter to Robert Englund and got a signed photograph in his reply.

By the early 1990s, my love of professional wrestling had put me in a chokehold and I grew out of horror films.

I didn't really want to see the remake but I saw it on the list of new releases on my Love Film account so I added it to my own rental list. It was with me a few days later.

I've got to say, I preferred the original but that's not to say a new audience wouldn't like this film.

I'll tell you what, though. Forget about the new Freddy Krueger becoming a hit like he was in the eighties. The new version was more blatant about Krueger being a paedophile. The original movies made a mature audience figure it out for themselves but - in this latest version - it is more blatant.

Freddy became somewhat of a comedy figure by the end of original series of movies. In this new version, he has a few wisecracks but they are more darker and cannot see him becoming a cult like before.

I don't know if there will be a sequel. I doubt I will go out of my way to watch it if there is. Like I noted earlier, my days of enjoying horror films as passionately are over.

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