Modern horror remakes typically run the gamut from passable to downright awful. Sadly, A Nightmare on Elm Street represents the latter. The 2010 horror remake explored some truly fascinating concepts, but it ultimately fell incredibly short of expectations. According to one of the film's stars, much of that had to do with incessant studio interference. Thomas Dekker explained:
During a recent interview with Screen Geek, Thomas Dekker opened up regarding why A Nightmare on Elm Street fell so flat. Although he widely praised the work done by director Samuel Bayer, and the rest of the film's prestigious cast, he lamented the fact that Platinum Dunes didn't want to really delve into the dark, disturbing elements that the story clearly called for. While the filmmakers and actors wanted to really tackle serious ideas like sex abuse and trauma, Platinum Dunes ultimately scaled everything back and rehashed many of the traditional Elm Street slasher tropes that had been played out by 2010. They relied on typical Freddy Krueger scares, rather than going deeper into the mythology of the franchise. It was a genuine waste of Jackie Earle Haley.
That being said, we don't necessarily blame Platinum Dunes for reigning in the content of A Nightmare on Elm Street. It's ultimately a studio's job to manage risk, and a horror film that takes a cold hard look at child sex abuse is undeniably a hard sell on audiences. Our only hope is that studios will learn from the failure of Nightmare and be more willing to embrace that sort of dark, gritty content for a future installment -- something Robert Englund is already reportedly working on. If anyone can get this series back on track, it's the original Freddy.
CinemaBlend will keep you up to date regarding the future of the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise as more details become available to us. Let's keep our fingers crossed that the next installment is far better than the last one.
Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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