Starring Jackie Earle Haley, Kyle Gallner and Rooney Mara. Directed by Samuel Bayer. 95 Minutes. 18A
Samuel Bayer’s reinvention of the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise is essentially just a modernized (when the kids go to sleep, so does their MacBook!) version of the classic you’re-not-even-safe-while-you’re-dreaming story. So much so, it seems like he penned the flick in his happily undisturbed sleep.
What made Robert Englund’s Freddy so legendary – and separated him from the silent killers (Jason, Michael Myers) of classic slasher cinema – was the fact that he knew how to pick out a prime pun, turning what could have been a straight-up creepfest into a campy horror girl’s wet dream. Sure, the diss-and-dissect game wore thin after the fifth sequel, but it was the reason you watched Freddy Vs. Jason. Earle Haley’s one-liners, on the other razor-sharp hand however, are deadly serious. And not in a good way. B-
EXTRAS: “Freddy Reborn” featurette,
BLU-RAY EXTRAS: alternate ending, alternate opening, deleted scenes