Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hellraiser, Child’s Play, Scream, Saw, Alien, Predator, Evil Dead – Film critic Steve Hutchison covers some of his favorite horror movie franchises, providing a synopsis, a review, and ranking all installments.
A recurring nightmare...
There were eight incarnations of Freddy Krueger by actor Robert Englund. He is not returning for this remake. The character has not only been recast but re-written and visually revamped. The film tries to recreate most of the shocking key events from the 1984 original. It seems made to appeal to a generation that can easily trade practical effects for computer imagery, someone presumed.
Unfortunately, as history tells, too much CG keeps it from being scary. The same principle applies, here, when it comes to editing and compositing. It only adds an extra barrier between us and the screen. The franchise had generally respected its characters, its own rules, and continuity in the ambiance, up to now. This remake marks the end of rigorous storytelling and character exposition.
It does convey a sense of dread and the fear of sleep; it also ventures further into Freddy's background as a notorious pedophile, not just a sadist, and makes it a significant plot point. It does some things right, but is worth little to the fan and will be overlooked by the uninitiated. It generally falls flat and clusters the mythology, putting the franchise in a dead end as far as sequels go.