Friday, May 07, 2010

Sleep at Your Own Risk: A Nightmare on Elm Street

"Memories don't kill you". But if a forgotten memory haunts you to sleep and kills all of your friends in slumber, you would probably wish to stay awake.

Just like Nancy Holbrook (Rooney Mara), her nightmare started when her best friends, Kris Fowles (Katie Cassidy), Dean Russell (Kellan Lutz) and Jesse Braun (Thomas Dekker) were unexplainably killed while they sleep. What they all thought was another bad dream, a horrible looking man named Freddy (Jackie Earle Haley), with a clawed hand and a burnt face frightens them to hide because once you enter his world, waking up is the only option to survive.

As Nancy and her only surviving friend, Quentin Smith (Kyle Gallner) seeks for answers about the man in their sleep who threatens to kill them all, a pre-school photo resurfaces and she discovered that all of her classmates in the picture have been killed as well. She then resorted to asking her mother about Freddy and found out that as a child, he was a gardener at the pre-school and an ugly past linked the two of them and their parents thought they made sure that he will never disturb the children ever.

But as Freddy Krueger seeks for revenge, he pulls Nancy and Quentin in his world to make up for what their parents did to him and he makes sure that its a nightmare they will never forget... Ever.

The scaredycat in me told me never to watch films like these. But since I'd be with friends, I indulged with it. Never mind the horrors that my mind would play after seeing the movie. Most parts of the film will give you a fright and a half, but some are kind of predictable, hence, the title, but gorier. There's too much blood in the film and Freddy's sharp claws are definitely uncool.

I like Nancy's character. When she first showed up, I thought that she's timid and silent. But when she delivered the line "Youre in my world now, bitch!", I was so impressed. Imagine being close to getting killed and she still had the guts to be cocky at the same time. Girl power! :P

To think of it, this might be one of the scary movies that I really enjoyed watching. Well minus the gruesome parts of course!

Many thanks to Azrael Coladilla, Ms. Sharon Yu, my friend Kath and SM Cinemas for the premiere night invites.

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