It’s been 10 years since this misguided remake was thrust into theaters. I revisited the film again last year and discovered it wasn’t the worst thing Hollywood gave this side of SEX IN THE CITY 2, but it left a lot to be desired. Hopefully with the in-the-works reboot, remake, sequel (?) the film reintroduces audiences to a well crafted, engaging and genuinely frightening Freddy adventure. Whereas the 2010 remake just painted a polished sheen on a lot of the same sequences we saw in Wes Craven’s superior original, I want the new film to avoid remaking iconic scenes audiences were already familiar with and bring us something new and exciting. It’s worth noting, that while the remake is still generally dismissed by audiences a quick stroll on social media will let you know the film has developed a cult following over the years. Many fans loved the darker take on the original premise (Freddy’s a molester now?), the cast which includes Thomas Dekker, Katie Cassidy, Kyle Gallner and future 2-time Oscar nominee Rooney Mara (she never won) and Jackie Earle Headly’s sinister take on Krueger (he was great!)
I’m happy the NIGHTMARE remake is getting some love after all these years and I’m even more grateful that the series is back with the Craven estate who are currently hearing pitches on how to bring the fedora-wearing killer back to the big and small screens. Let’s just hope it doesn’t take another decade for a new movie (or reported series). In the meantime, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2010 is streaming on Netflix in case you get bored of rewatching THE OFFICE again.