Movie Review: A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)

By Saurin Parikh

We’ve already seen this a zillion times. A bunch of teenagers being stalked, spooked and murdered by some ugly bastard out to avenge some age-old shit. Every horror movie coming out of Hollywood, especially the slasher types, is abound with clichés. These movies hardly ever have anything different; it’s the same old stuff being played out by a different bunch of actors (word used loosely). “A Nightmare On Elm Street” suffers from this very problem.

This time, seeking revenge on a few high-school kids is a caretaker from their playschool. He did something wrong, they complained, he almost got killed and he’s now back to kill them. Whatever! The story, the reasoning doesn’t really matter because we all know that he’s going to murder everyone but a couple of the kids, who’ll eventually get him after a hard-fought battle.

To seemingly make things different, the slasher is given a Edward Scissorhands-like hand to cut through his victims. How he happens to possess such a hand is left to our imagination. Also left to our imagination are a bundle of other gaping holes in the storyline, which are not even worthy of dwelling into.

The biggest flaw of “A Nightmare On Elm Street” is the slasher’s character. Initially, we are shown that some spirit possesses the body of a couple of victims and leads them to kill themselves. We’re led to believe that the kids start having nightmares and kill themselves in their sleep. But later on, the slasher evolves into a living being. Duh! I guess the makers couldn’t figure out a way to get rid of a spirit and decided that it’ll become a human being just before the climax.

“A Nightmare On Elm Street”, remake of a 1984 film of the same name, is directed by Samuel Bayer. Expectedly, it wasn’t received well upon its release in the States. The movie is a definite not-watch. It’s not scary, it’s not novel, it’s not entertaining and none of the chicks remove their clothes either. “A Nightmare On Elm Street” is a waste.

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