Wes Craven's original Nightmare On Elm Street is a seminal horror film. Its is as scary now as it was in 1984. It was made modestly and had a massive impact on its audience. Cut to 2010 and with the new wave of nonsensical remakes comes A Nightmare On Elm Street for the dimwitted teen masses. When I heard this was being made I asked myself "why?". Why when the original has as much power on teenagers as it did over 20 years ago? But so be it... it was remade and it is shit. So many sins committed and very few thrills delivered. *** spoilers ahead ***. This movie really should have taken a leaf out of the recent Friday The 13th movie which acted as a reboot & sequel rather than a remake. In other franchises the iconic monsters are faceless (Jason, Michael Myers, Leatherface etc) and they will look the same no matter how many actors play them. But with Freddy Kruger, he is so much more than that. In the original film he was lurking in the shadows but now he's in full exposure. In the original he spoke few words but now he speaks many and the lines are hopelessly cliche. Here they have tried to give his scared face a realistic look, making him look like a real burns victim... big mistake because now he looks like a cross between the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz and Ron Pearlman in Beauty And The Beast. This Freddy looks like a weird-cat man... or perhaps Mason Verger's twin brother.... not a creepy sinister dream lord like he's supposed to be. Something else that bothered me was the computer fx. In the original a simple shot involving Freddy's figure pushing through the wall above Nancy's bed was achieved using a simple (and inexpensive) rubber screen... and it was terrifying. Now they have recreated the same shot using CGI which looks like a something out of The Lawnmower Man.... it looks real bad and no doubt cost thousands more to create. Wes Craven's original proves that simple is better. The one kudos I will give this remake is it's handling of Freddy's backstory.... but even then, it's exactly how it was first shown in the pilot episode of Freddy's Nightmares (tv show). Whatever happened to the prequel movie they were going to make?? Freddy's mum was trapped in an attic and brutally gang raped by insane criminals. He is the bastard son of one hundred maniacs who grew into a child molester and murderer... I would have rather seen THAT movie, not this one!! In case you haven't realised, I did not like this movie! pmsl.