Reviewed by: Brian C. Johnson
VIOLENCE—How does viewing violence in movies affect families? Answer
Every time you buy a movie ticket or rent a video you are casting a vote telling Hollywood “That’s what I want.” Why does Hollywood continue to promote immoral programming? Are YOU part of the problem? Answer
Dreams in the Bible
AFRAID OF THE DARK—How can I help my child to trust in God’s care when she is afraid at night? Answer
Is there an actual place called “Hell”? Answer
What if I don’t believe in Hell? Answer
THE GOOD NEWS—How to be saved from Hell. Answer
Are you good enough to get to Heaven? Answer
|Featuring:||Jackie Earle Haley (Freddy Krueger), Kyle Gallner (Quentin Smith), Rooney Mara (Nancy Holbrook), Katie Cassidy (Kris Fowles), Thomas Dekker (Jesse Braun), Kellan Lutz (Dean Russell), Clancy Brown (Alan Smith), Connie Britton (Dr. Gwen Holbrook), Lia D. Mortensen (Nora Fowles), Julianna Damm (Little Kris), Christian Stolte (Jesse’s Father), more »|
|Producer:||New Line Cinema, Platinum Dunes, Michael Bay, Richard Brener, Mike Drake, Andrew Form, Bradley Fuller, Walter Hamada, Erik Holmberg, Michael Lynne, Dave Neustadter, John Rickard, Robert Shaye|
|Distributor:||Warner Bros. Pictures|
“Never sleep again.”
Twenty five years have passed since the world was first introduced to Freddy Krueger, the psychopath who terrorized the dreams of his victims in the film “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” Horror master Wes Craven’s classic thriller brought the Boogey-man back to life as Krueger, who had fashioned a glove with knives for fingers, was able to invade the dreams of sleeping teens; if he killed them in their dreams, they died in real life. Those who saw this film in the 1980s cannot forget this character (masterfully played by Robert Englund)—his sarcasm, his wicked laugh that sent shivers down the spine, and his comedic spark—all of which made Freddy all the more scary.
In the 2010 remake, that Freddy Krueger is gone. Director Samuel Bayer takes Freddy (this time played by Jackie Earle Haley; most fans would recognize Haley from his teen years as Kelly from “The Bad News Bears”) in a decidedly nuanced direction. Aside from a few minor scenes reminiscent of the original, Bayer sets up a bit of a prequel to the original where we get the back story of how Krueger became the villain that he is.
A gardener at a local pre-school, Krueger, we learn, is a pedophile who had been abusing several children. When their parents learn about his misdeeds, they chase him into an abandoned warehouse and set fire to the building, and they make a pact never to speak of the dead man ever again, nor tell the children what he had done to them. With his power to enter their dreams, Krueger hunts down his former victims, one by one. Only Nancy (Rooney Mara) and Quentin (Kyle Gallner) realize Krueger’s plan—can they stay awake long enough not to be killed?
There is not much here for the Christian viewer. Bad language, violence and murder, pedophilia, and suggestions of rape. Surprisingly, there is no nudity (in one scene, Nancy disrobes to get into a bathtub—nothing is shown. While in the tub, Krueger’s knifed hand appears between her legs). One redeeming scene late in the movie shows Quentin hanging a cross around Nancy’s neck for protection; when she questions his religiosity, Quentin argues, “Hey, you gotta believe in something, right?”
The simple question that begs to be asked is why anyone would want to mess with such a classic film. Admittedly, the remake is much better than the sequels which were made (e.g., “Freddy vs. Jason”), but the remake is still a bit unnecessary. Remaking Craven’s work is comparable to someone trying to redo Hitchcock’s “Psycho”; it just should not be done. Wait, bad example… someone already did that and failed. How about “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”? Oops, too late! “Halloween”? “Friday the 13th”? A message to all would-be-film-remakers—“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”
Violence: Extreme / Profanity: Extreme / Sex/Nudity: Heavy
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.