Date: May 3, 2010
aka: “Thank you, Samuel Bayer, for giving Freddy Krueger to us!”
Though it was always something unspoken in the background, that could have easily been imagined into the story plot line…I don’t recall Freddy Krueger having an explicitly sexual motive, in the original movie that started the franchise.
…and even the followups, didn’t really pigeonhole Freddy, as “a pedophile”…I think, he became to popular with his fan base [like Jason Voorhees], to let people assume such an association…This was the guy, the fans came to the theater, to cheer.
This newly released, Samuel Bayer “re-imagining” of the movie, however, does…and lays on the rhetorical propaganda, very thick.
I don’t know if I am more disappointed, that what “new” content got introduced here, merely exposes an utter lack of creative imagination…or that they just went for the very cheap, shallow and easy path…and blatantly associated their trademark “boogieman” character, with pedophiles.
No, even here…they still never say the word “pedophile”…or, directly say that anything sexual ever happened…but, they hit so many cliche points, that it drives the theme home, unmistakably.
For example, at one point…two of the teens find a hidden room…and in a box, pictures of one of them as a child…It is never made clear, what is happening in the pictures, but…she breaks down and cries over them.
…In another scene, that same teen is trapped on a bed [during a dream], and wearing a dress like one she had as a preschooler…and Freddy, while terrorizing her, is telling her how much that dress was his favorite…and even licks the teen…
Director Samuel Bayer did not reach far, at all, in “re-imagining” this movie…
…In fact, I’d say, this new “Nightmare on Elm Street” movie, is little more than memorable bits of the original movie, intertwined with both the “recovered/lost memory syndrome”, and the “satanic ritual [sex] abuse” disasters, of the 80’s and 90’s.
…It even comes with a “hidden dungeon”, underneath a pre-school.
Now look…I’ve tended to enjoy this series, no matter how much it devolved, into a tacky, “wise cracking, murderer slasher” flick…So, I don’t really “want” to speak badly of it…
…but, I am still very disappointed, if that is all they could muster up.
All Bayer did, was fill in blanks, with easy target, cliche answers…
…and the end product, is underwhelming.
But, hey!…Freddy Krueger is “one of us, officially” now!…Though, admittedly, he’s one of the psychologically deranged ones…
…Well, maybe not…He was only acknowledged, as being into the girls that way, after all…[Sorry, Girl-Lovers…Blame Samuel Bayer! ;-)]
Say what you want…Yes, it is a dumb, movie franchise…but, I just feel they could have done better, than this thing they produced.
…I wanted a mindlessly entertaining, slasher movie…not an hour and a half of debunked propaganda, which I am all to familiar with…I feel like I’ve been tricked into paying for manipulative, mental reprogramming.
…and, what is it with Jackie Earle Haley, playing creepy pedophiles, anyway?…
…Does this guy have an axe to grind, or something?