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A Nightmare on Elm Street Review
Chris Carle: Hey, what’s up everybody? This is Chris. I'm joined by Eric. We just got finished watching Nightmare in Elm Street re-imagining of the horror classic from 1984 and you’re a huge fan in this series.
Eric Goldman: Yeah.
Chris Carle: So, what did you think of how they carried the story forward?
Eric Goldman: I actually wished they re-imagined it more. You know I'm not adverse to remakes in general. I think there can be some good ones.
However, I think that they were repeating too much from the original. It’s like they really wanted to repeat all those famous set pieces. Freddy comes out off the wall above Nancy’s bed. The glove comes out of the bath tub and of course the girl gets pulled under the ceiling and killed her.
I think sometimes it was like a bigger effects maybe but it really didn’t outdo what the original did.
Chris Carle: I feel that the above the bed scene was exceptionally kind of hokey-look and it’s just kind of look like cheap effects.
Speaking of effects, Freddy’s make-up was a big departure over the Robert Englund make-up from the original series—much more melted. It looks a lot much more like a burned.
So, how did you feel about that the design of Freddy and then also the character Freddy?
Eric Goldman: I think Jackie Earle Haley is good in the role. You know he take the honor role that we’re so used to Robert Englund playing so I thought he’s great.
I do think the make-up—it’s creepy when you first see it. but has moving one on it kind of realize maybe because it’s more realistic and he’s kind of more melted-looking.
He can't be as expressive. He can't ever really smile and I kind of though it hurt the performance a little bit because it was holding back Freddy from being able to just make more expressions.
Chris Carle: This is a much darker Freddy. He’s much creepier—less jokey than the one that we’re used to. And he’s also—they don’t wee deeper into the pedophile thing.
Eric Goldman: Yeah, yeah. that was—I mean on one hand you can say that’s effective because I think it makes you feel legitimately sort of disturbed watching the movie.
Chris Carle: Once you squirm.
Eric Goldman: Yeah. I do think that it’s a heavy topic to have brought up in this movie and the movie isn't really prepared to deal with that.
You know it’s a Nightmare on Elm Street produced by Michael Bay. They're not going to deal with the psychological ramifications of kids who gone through being molested.
So at the end of the movie I kind of felt like—I don’t know if they should have even included that if they can't sort of really give you what you need at the end to feel like these kids stopped through the turning.
Chris Carle: Right. Bottom line, is it scary?
Eric Goldman: I think it’s scary in the sort of jump scare way. There are a lot of times where Freddy varies suddenly.
Chris Carle: And I kind of hid nine of them I think.
Eric Goldman: Yeah. It sounds about right and I don’t think the movie is very sort of frightening. There are some really cool transitions. When the characters go into dreams, I really like the visuals there.
But if you're looking for just sort of the pure popcorn experience— you're sitting in theaters and something happens, you all jump up. It delivers to some extent I think on that.
Chris Carle: Yeah. I thought it was a really tense experience. Every time somebody would slip into a dream stain I was like, “Here we go again.”
Eric Goldman: Right.
Chris Carle: But ultimately, how did you feel the movie worked?
Eric Goldman: I’d give it two and a half out of five stars you know. Look, there are worst movies in the Freddy series—part five and six for instance.
But I just think as a remake, the big problem is they do enough to make it a different film. I think they should have taken Freddy, the basic set up and then had gotten their own new direction, all new set pieces and there’s too much of a reliance on what happened in 1984.
Chris Carle: I'm not as big A fan of the Nightmare on Elm Street series as you are so I thought that this was kind of a fresh imagining. And I like Jackie Earle Haley and his role so I thought you know, it’s a good rod.
Eric Goldman: Well, thanks for checking this out guys and check out the full written review on IGN Movies.