A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984); On this side we have one of the best horror movies ever made. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) is a near perfect piece of horror cinema that is just as good today as it ever was. It introduced us to Freddy Krueger, one of the scariest beings ever produced on-screen. He invades our protagonist’s dreams and slowly drives them insane as they struggle to separate dream from reality. Played iconically by Robert Englund, Freddy Krueger is a true monster who uses his twisted humor to torture anyone he pleases. The kills in this film are some of the best and most memorable put onto screen. Wes Craven puts in his best directorial effort here, crafting a truly original plot centered around our worst nightmares come to life. For a movie to be this old, and still be so horrifying is thanks to its terrifying villain, its revolutionary ideas, and the singular vision of a great director. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) is a creepy, fear inducing, and somewhat humorous movie that never lets up and will stay in your dreams for years to come.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010); The opposition is the remake. Many movies have them. A lot of them are fantastic, but there are plenty of complete duds. So when you take the time to look at the 2010-made film, it clearly leans one way. Even though it isn’t quite the worst remake, A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) is rough. The acting is pretty mediocre – to the point of being almost unmentionable. The script is recognizably similar to the original with only some minor modifications to modernize it. Then are the downgraded new forms of old characters. The vibe they give off is uneasy. Though that’s nothing in comparison to the most recent rendition of Freddy Krueger. This Krueger is scary in an uncomfortable way that won’t be delved into here. He also lacks any of the charm he’s known for in the classics. The direction is jaggedly inspired by different strains of horror films and Wes Craven’s original. The story itself doesn’t even add any of its own (successful) touch. This remake mistakenly goes too far into unnecessary changes and falls short in providing interesting or good ones. So overall, if you want to see A Nightmare on Elm Street but hate great movies or love terrible remakes, then sure – this one is the perfect film for you.
Of course, the clear and obvious victor is A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). The remake has absolutely no redeeming qualities to it and instead of expanding on the mythology of Freddy Krueger, it nearly ruins what made him so special in the first place. The original is full of creativity and horror, while the newer version instead opts for a play-by-play retread. The cast in 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street is full of great actors and they create scenes full of genuine fear and emotion, while 2010’s has almost no heart to it. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) was a product of pure imaginative originality; offering up a new kind of horror to be experienced for years to come. Even with updated special effects, 2010’s A Nightmare on Elm Street feels cheap in comparison to the amazing practical effects and cutting edge technology of its predecessor. But probably the biggest thing placing 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street above its remake, is that it is genuinely unnerving, thought-provoking, and innovative. To say A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) is better than it’s neoteric “update” is a massive understatement, as the original is the quintessential slasher film and the remake is a cheap slog.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) – Cinemaster Score: 3.8/10
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) – Cinemaster Score: 8.7/10