|Title:||A Nightmare on Elm Street|
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|06.28.15||Netflix|| For those looking for signs that movies today mostly suck, I offer this: The beginning credits sequence of this film is your typical montage of Elm Street signs and newspaper headlines and hazy obtuse imagery but it also has the credits written in chalk with a child's hand. Kind of cool, right? I mean considering that school children are Freddy's targets and the whole counting rhyme from the original series. Here's the problem. There's are neatly-typed overlays of the same credits printed over the shots of the chalk writing. Why have two copies of every credit? My mind immediately guessed that some exec, lawyer, or union deemed the chalk writing too hard to read or not on screen for long enough and, following the path of least resistance, the studio had them print "normal" credits over top. I may be wrong, but this small thing put me in a negative mood toward this film 90 seconds into it. Not a great place to start.|
Otherwise, maybe Friday the 13th was the same way and I didn't notice because the plot of the original was so spare but this remake is really a REMAKE. There are a few minor changes but I think they're mostly terrible. The ending of the original was always pretty weak so I didn't mind that this changed it to a post-pulp fiction ending but mostly... you know... just watch the goddamn original. Mostly this was a waste of time.