What films didn't hit the mark this year?
9. "A Nightmare on Elm Street"
Why it's so bad: When horror and movie fans found out Jackie Earle Haley was cast as the new Freddy Krueger in the reboot of the classic "Nightmare on Elm Street" series there was genuine excitement that something exciting was in the works. How wrong we all were. Besides some excellent cinematography from relative newcomer Jeff Cutter, "Elm Street" was a total dud for one reason and one reason only: Freddie was about as scary as a four-year-old kid in a Halloween ghost costume. In their attempt to make Krueger more realistic, the producers decided to make his make up as naturalistic from his fiery origins as possible. Unfortunately, all that did was remove any expression from his face, making him look like Eric Stoltz from "Mask" most of the time. Even worse, the intense and horrific buggy eyes from Robert Englund's original creation were sucked away in the caverns of dark eye sockets so you couldn't even see them. It all just made Freddie look like a short little goofball with no facial features-- hardly a horror icon. And poor Haley. He may have given a great performance, but we just couldn't see it under that make up.
One nice thing we can say about it: It might be the best "performance" of Katie Cassidy's short career. Is that a backhanded compliment?
- Gregory Ellwood