Freddy's back...kind of. The new Nightmare on Elm Street movie is out and there are good things and bad things. Unfortunately, Robert Englund did not return to play Freddy Krueger. We all know and love Robby and there's no denying that no one can replace him. However, this could be a fresh start to the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. On the other hand, maybe Elm Street isn't worth returning to without him. Let's find out how I, having just returned from the movie three hours ago, feel about this new version.
The first thing I must point out about this movie is, if you're looking for a fright, you had better see this movie in theaters--unless of course--you have a great audio system and can wait for this one on blu ray or DVD. All of the fear in this movie comes from sudden, loud sound effects. No wonder though, it's a Michael Bay movie after all. If you see it in a theatre with a bad audio system or wait for it and watch it on your bad, SDTV with no additional speakers, you will know when everything happens and it won't be scary at all.
As for the plot, some teens start having dreams about a man with razor sharp fingernails and a green and red sweater. This man, Freddy, is hunting them down in their dreams. If they die in their dreams, they die for real. But you probably know all of this already. Same old, same old. Let's talk about the differences. The teens, as it would turn out, all went to the same pre school. There, a man by the name of Fred Krueger was a Gardner. He lived in the basement of the school. He took the kids and abused them after befriending them. No one wanted to believe that good old Krueger could do this, but they had to. The parents of the children tracked down Krueger, who locked himself in the pre school to protect himself from the mob of parents. Then, one of the parents lit a Molotov cocktail and burned Krueger alive. For revenge, Krueger starts killing all of the kids about 12 years later in their dreams.
As you can tell, a lot of this is familiar to the original Nightmare on Elm Street. Very rarely can you beat the original. That stands strong with this movie. Don't get me wrong, I loved it, and thought it was much better than the Friday the 13th remake from a year ago. In fact, I say that this is the third, if not second best Freddy Flick ever made. The original, of course, is the best.
I definitely recommend giving this movie a shot. I did tell a good deal of the plot, but I left out some important stuff to avoid spoilers. Please don't post spoilers to the film in the comments, guys, why ruin this film for all of the curious people out there?