A reboot of ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ really had the potential to be good. It would allow the filmmakers to get back to the horror of the original, moving away from the comedic elements that became increasingly prevalent in later entries. Modern effects could allow for some pretty great dream sequences.
Unfortunately this remake falls pretty flat. The exposition is clumsy, the script is weak, and the best moments are lifted directly from the original, making this probably the least necessary of all the modern horror reboots.
Jackie Earle Haley is pretty great as Freddy, but as good as his performance might be, he’s not given much to work with in his dialogue, with moments that are bland and predictable rather than scary.
All in all, this is a big ball of wasted potential.