A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010) Movie Review

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Skip it. 3.5/10

The end has come. Thank God.

Arriving at the final chapter of the A Nightmare On Elm Street franchise, I can’t help but reflect on the bumper journey that it has taken me on. And with the last film in the series, a reboot of the original, I can safely say that this rollercoaster has finally come to a very slow halt. It’s been fun Freddy, but your send-off doesn’t produce any new impressions on a mind that’s seen about everything that there is to you.

Just like any film reboot, I was quite wary going into this 2010 “reimagining” of the classic that started it all. Reboots are essentially made, not to stir up any new notions in the mythology of a successful franchise nor to create a wonderful continuation of the series, but to make as much money as possible. With this reboot, in particular, I am quite sure they intended to do just that. In fact, a quick Wikipedia search shows $115 million was made at the Box Office against a $35 million dollar budget, which confirms my suspicions that they’ve done so stupendously. Oh, how things never change.

A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010) is less of a film as it is more of an updated re-hash of the original. For new audiences who have never been exposed to the series, this no doubt would have been a far better experience. But for fans who have seen the rest of the films like I have, it was far from great. The story is the same. The characters are virtually identical. The only difference here is that everything just looks nicer.

Which is an aspect that I’ll give this film credit for because it’s definitely one of the strongest features it has going for it. The same goes for the change to the character design for Freddy Krueger. I appreciated the adjustment made to make it reflect more what a real-life burns victim would look like. I didn’t really think it was as scary as the original, plus I thought it looked more like a ghoul at times rather than an actual person but hey, the effort was still there and I don’t mind it. Other than that, everything else they did wasn’t really that new. Especially the scares.

I enjoyed some of the more gorier updates but for the most part, everything was just so terribly unimaginative. None of the dream scenarios showed any creativity whatsoever, which is surprising given they had more than enough of a budget to do so. It seems like they stopped short of funding interesting nightmarish aspects and instead stuck to putting out simple alternative versions of what could be seen in reality. What the fuck New Line Cinema? Who the hell dropped the ball on this?

Do the nightmares really have to take place in the same setting that the person dreaming it up fell asleep in? And when we do see something different, can’t we go somewhere else more original instead of the same old fucking boiler room? Even every other sequel managed to do at least that and they weren’t that great either.

The only other positive I want to bring up is the casting choice of Rooney Mara as the lead Nancy. I love her as an actress and I’m glad they found her to play that role, even if most of her dialogue was still horrendous and just plain old garbage. She managed to add another element to Nancy as the “loneliest girl in the world” persona and at least it was actually something different to see, which I wasn’t sure this film could even do on a character level.

This film pretty much fits the role of being a shitty reboot created to generate cash, and which it did. It was a let down to how the journey concluded for me but from the last few films, I felt like I knew what was coming so I don’t feel too underwhelmed or disappointed. I’ve already forgotten most of this film, so it’s safe to say that I’ll never be watching this one again. Which means I’m going to be recommending you give this film the flick unless you really feel compelled to complete the series just like I’ve been doing. But other than that, skip it.

Tucker And Dale Vs Evil Movie Review

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See it. 7.5/10

Just a couple of rednecks caught up in some good old-fashion horror hijinks.

With a name like Tucker and Dale vs Evil, you might be easily mistaken to think that this is yet another cheesy B-comedy horror film. However, the genius that lies behind this film is that it’s actually made as the biggest piss take on all of those said films. And it does it in ways that are not only clever but more importantly, hilarious.

We follow a group of college kids heading out on a road trip to go to a holiday cabin that’s located in the deep dark woods. Yeah, I know. Just like every other fucking horror film. But, like I said, this is a film that takes the mickey out of situations like this and subverts all the typical tropes associated with horror films. How does it do so you may ask? Well, unlike all those other films, our youthful and hopeful college kids haven’t met the likes of two country rednecks, Tucker and Dale. What the college kids don’t know, is that whilst their looks might be deceiving, Tucker and Dale are in fact the kindest people you would ever hope to meet and are just unfortunately placed in a lot of “bad looking” type situations. As the old saying goes, never judge a book by its cover.

Tucker and Dale vs Evil constantly use this expression to conjure up a heap of laughs that otherwise wouldn’t be possible in any other horror film. This idea of placing the good guys in scenarios where they appear bad is the trope that makes the basis for the film’s foundation and it allows for it to take the mickey of so many other horror films that try to be like it, but in a serious way. Whilst this film essentially relies on this form of gag throughout the whole film, and it is great to see, it can be a bit stale after a while. It’s nowhere near detrimental to the fun you’ll have watching it, but I have to bring it up because it’s the main reason why this film isn’t above the rating it is.

Having mentioned the biggest problem with the film, I am writing this article because I genuinely believe that this is still something you should watch and there’s no reason not to, since, hey, it’s on Netflix! Hence why I am also putting this into our Netflix Gems category as it definitely warrants a spot, compared to some of the other crap that is on there (*cough* Annihilation cough). Tucker and Dale vs Evil might not be as intelligent as other films like The Cabin In The Woods, but it’s a lot funnier and a blast to watch with a group of friends. This is one of those films that is great to watch with others who enjoy horror and love having a laugh at the same time.

So, grab a few beers, get some snacks and some friends (hopefully you have some), and whack this one on at your next gathering. I’m sure there’ll be moments of squeamish gore that will disgust a few but also please many others. But most of you will come away from this laughing your heads off and then hopefully be recommending this to everyone else that you know. So, goooooo see it.