A Nightmare on Elm Street

First of all, I don’t know what I was thinking catching an early screening of “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” Nevermind the fact that when I was younger the original flick freaked me out, or that I went to see this new version by myself…the problem is I happen to be a big SCAREDY CAT, even though I like watching these scary movies! I’ve always been exposed to horror films and scary movies, because growing up, my Mom loved to watch them…but that doesn’t make you immune. Anyway, if I was to rate this newer version, I’d say it sticks to the classic Freddy formula, nothing changed there, they do make use of some ok special effects and there is no shortage of suspense, startling or “make you jump” moments. Every time there was a pause or when you just know something is gonna pop up, I tried to remind myself it’s a movie and to expect it! So, if you want to see a gory, slasher type flick, I’d say go watch it, but not alone. Now, as far as the storyline and acting go…uh, kinda forced, kinda choppy and really dramatic and cheesy. It sort of would just go straight into things with no build up or natural explanation. And — as far as Freddy goes, I preferred the original version. This one is pretty much the same, but his burnt up face looks more alien to me than scary! Ha! BTW, I don’t know what it is about that glove with knives for fingers, but it still is one of the scariest things… *side note – my Dad always had his Freddy Krueger glove he’d use to pass out Halloween candy, he thought he was super scary! lol I guess all in all, the first version back in the day was “better,” and I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that I was younger and it (getting killed in your dreams) was a new concept!

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