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I've noticed when coming across horror community boards and forums that so called " real horror fans" are complaining and bellyaching about remakes and originality being lost. To them, I say cry a river and get over it. I think we should have remakes in the horror scene mixed in with original horror movies. You claim you love horror, and yet, bash the name in the ground when it wants to pay homage to some of the classics. Yes, I am being mean because I am tired of people whining and complaining because of remakes. Seriously, are you actually whining like a girl because they changed your precious horror movie? Heres a hanky. Real horror fans like it, regardless of what may come. I have seen alot of good horror movies that are original and good remakes. Going back to the originality part, you apparently haven't seen the The Hills Have Eyes, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Wolfman, or Amityville because they are loosely based on the original product, bringing their own style to the idea, which is a form of originality. Originality isn't always a ground up idea, it can be a form of showing a different aspect or perspective of said film. These people, who I will call out, are not real horror fans, because if they were they would be proud to see their favorite icon breathe with more life, instead of bashing those who create it. Case and point, Freddy Krueger. I saw people sit there and badmouth the movie because it is a different Freddy, mind you, they didn't even see the movie at the time. How can you sit there and judge something based on a character change? As the saying goes, if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, then it is a duck. They didn't change anything about Freddy to badmouth. And some even complained that Wes Craven wasn't part of the project, nevermind the fact that he did two or three of the movies. Other directors captialized on his idea and ran with it, which turned Freddy into a joking man. Notice on the movies Wes directed and wrote, Freddy is more serious and sadistic, cracking only a few jokes. And from what I hear, this Freddy is doing that. So, what's the problem? This is still the same old Freddy Krueger, but with a different appearance. I love Robert Englund, but I am also willing to give another guy a chance. I thought he did a hell of a good job with Rhorsach, or however you spell it, in Watchmen, and he did a good job in Shutter Island. Jackie Earle Haley needs the support of fans as the new Freddy Krueger. The man has won awards in the movie industry, which, in my book, seems to give him some form of credit. It's not like he's a newcomer to the movies, he's been in there for at least 38 years. I think Robert's been in the business about that long, as well. I think they are both good actors, in my opinion. You people are just desensitized to one character, throwing stones at other ones. The only reason Robert is liked as Freddy is because he has been the only Freddy on the Nightmare on Elm Street Franchise. And newsflash, he looks more like a burnt victim than Englund's character. When you're burnt, you don't have perfect definition, but a sense of melted flesh and puss filled sores.
I think this character should be more sadastic and stoic, instead of some jokster that takes away from the horror element. People are forgetting that he was sadistic to children, which is no laughing matter. And the jokes got really old during the fourth movie, leaving me laughing instead of actually liking him as a horror icon. I think with a character like this you should of went a different path. The character is great, but the personality doesn't fit what is happening. A few jokes once and while is fine, but when the joke is most of the supposed scary scenes it takes away from the idea. I love this character, don't get me wrong, but I think they should go a different path. It's supposed to be a "horror movie", not a horror comedy. The best Freddy performances is the First Nightmare and New Nightmare, where he seems more sadistic and creepy.
Final note: I am not bashing Robert's character, but just saying that I think this new Freddy is more on the lines of what Freddy should be. With this remake they seem to have gotten the character respectfully. As I said before, everyone's forgotten the fact that he is sadistic, not a joking human being. He preyed on little children. Let's face it, he was in the early stages of Pedophilia, but with how society acts, Wes just made him kill them.