Jackie Earle Haley dons the iconic Freddy Krueger garb in this remake of the 1984 Wes Craven shocker.
Ok, if you don't know the story here's the basics. A group of teenagers all have nightmares featuring a disfigured man with knives for fingers. Trouble is, if you get killed in the dream you die for real.
Haley does his best as Krueger but he doesn't bring out the character's sinister charisma in the same way that Robert Englund did. What he does do is return the to the evil roots that got lost along the way in the countless sequels to the original that descended into comedy horror.
There are some good scenes and one or two unexpected moments but this is mostly a scene for scene remake aimed at an audience with no memory of the original.
That's not to say that it isn't good fun for horror fans. The story remains powerful and compelling and all involved deliver decent performances although I feel a bit for Haley because after his show stealing turn in Watchmen and now this, he must be wondering when he'll next get a part that doesn't involve wearing a mask.
Ric's Rating: 58%