What’s a Nightmare on Elm Street movie without Robert Englund? In 2010, New Line decided to find out, as they rebooted the popular horror franchise for a new generation. In the end, it wasn’t the new Freddy that was the problem, but rather it was…well, almost everything else. So what went wrong? Read on to find out. And remember, SPOILERS AHEAD.
If there’s one word that can sum up the horror genre in the 2000’s, it’s “remakes.” After the 2003 and 2004 remakes of Dawn of the Dead and Texas Chainsaw Massacre were more successful than anyone expected, both financially and among the horror community, Hollywood went remake crazy, and soon nearly every popular horror property from the ’70s and ’80s was being dusted off for a new “re-imagining.” This, of course, was a perfect avenue for the Friday the 13th series to explore. Following adventures in space and a cartoonish battle with Freddy Krueger, there were many who felt it was time for the franchise to return to its roots, and starting over from scratch seemed like a perfect way to do just that, without having to worry about any pre-existing continuity or previous interpretations of the Jason character. But did the new Friday actually do the original series justice? Read on to find out. And, as always, SPOILERS AHEAD.