Review: A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
1.5 stars (out of 5)
By R. Kurt Osenlund
I could blister my fingertips typing away about the problems with Hollywood's remake obsession, and how even in my circle of friends there are aspiring screenwriters whose work is more worthy of big-screen treatment than another rehashing of a popular film or TV show, but I'm particularly put off by the ceaseless Xeroxing of iconic horror flicks. Apart from Zack Snyder's near-masterful 2004 revival of George Romero's “Dawn of the Dead,” has a single title in the new wave of nail-biters worked? Now, I'm not talking about box-office success, since we all know every young person between 14 and 22 will hand over 10 bucks so they can amp up their heart rates and cradle their honeys during the really icky parts. But as far as artistic merit or even genuine entertainment value are concerned, from “House of Wax” to “The Last House on the Left,” these movies live in one dull and dismal neighborhood.