A Nightmare on Elm Street(2010)
Take this review with a grain of salt, as I was only a wee lad when I saw the original. Therefore, even though I've heard most others say this is pretty much a straight rip of said film, I won't factor that into my final score too heavily.
This is pretty much what you'd expect from one of these kinds of movies. You've seen it all before. People fall asleep, and find themselves wandering a fiery, factory type place, or an abandoned school with flickering lighting, all the while you hear the "creepy" harmonies of kids playing in the background. Blah blah blah, and eventually a guy who's all burnt up shows up wearing gloves with knives at the tips of the fingers, and a dark, twisted sense of humor.
Like many modern horror movies, this depends entirely too much on "cheap scares." You know, stuff like the tense music fading away only to be replaced by a sense of calm for the onscreen character, followed by a loud "DADADAAAA!" with the bad guy jumping out of nowhere and whatnot. That's not scary. That just startles me. If my girlfriend jumps in front of me five minutes from now and goes "BUGABUGABUGA!" it would probably startle me as well, as I'm not expecting it.
That being said, most of the scares here are very telegraphed. I could see them coming a mile away. And oh, try and get me with the old the-character-thinks-they're-awake-when-they're-not-really trick, eh? Not falling for it. And I'm not one of those people that steels myself when watching scary movies, on the contrary, I turn the lights off and the sound way up. I want to be scared, but this just doesn't fit the bill for anyone who's been around the block a few times.
Freddy himself was pretty creepy, though. Or rather, creepier than in previous movies. His burns looked much more realistic than before, and his backstory is a bit unsettling and modernized, as is the movie in general. Some of the effects were decent enough, but nothing to write home about. The acting from the supporting cast felt like something out of a soap opera at times, and the score got annoyingly overbearing at times. The rest of the production values and technical aspects were pretty run-of-the-mill. At least it wasn't real gory, like I expected.
I suppose if you really like the series, or horror movies in general and haven't seen the original relatively recently, you might find something to like in this. Otherwise I'd say don't bother unless you're fairly bored.