The Horror Remake Bloody Bracket – Round One: A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) VS. I Spit on Your Grave (2010)
THE HORROR REMAKE BLOODY BRACKET
The sixth match-up of Round One pits a child murderer who exists only in your dreams against a woman hell-bent on revenge. The first is a remake of Wes Craven’s 1984 classic which changed the face of horror forever, while the latter updates a 1978 X-rated cult horror film. Who survives to Round Two? Morbidly Amusing debates.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
I Spit on Your Grave (2010)
Dr. Morbid: The Nightmare on Elm Street remake was an embarrassment and the opposite of what a reboot should be. Jackie Earle Haley is a great actor, but Robert Englund IS Freddy. The original I Spit on Your Grave is one of the most notorious movies ever, with a rape scene that lasts more than twenty-five minutes. The remake tones that down but adds tons of over-the-top revenge traps. I spit on a non-Englund Freddy! Victor: I Spit on Your Grave
Ross Tweedy: As much as I liked the idea of Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy, the movie just didn’t work. He was cool in the role, but the look was just not great. The rest of the characters, as in most horror flicks, were completely expendable. I Spit on Your Grave was not a good film either, and it was made worse by the fact that I had a great expectation for this movie. I have to say move forward Freddy, at least you have a great actor in the lead. Victor: A Nightmare on Elm Street
That Other Raimi Brother: Jackie Earle Haley is an actor of the highest order and his comeback, after not taking a role for thirteen years, is perhaps the most impressive in the history of Hollywood. In his first role back (in the brilliant Little Children) he earned an Oscar nomination and just like that he became a consistent presence on the big screen once again. Four years later, he would don the iconic glove to become Freddy Krueger, which is ironic because all the way back in 1984 he was passed over for a role in the original Wes Craven Nightmare. I mean, just think about that. So yeah, I’m not gonna talk about the shortcomings of the remake (as there are certainly many). I’m just gonna vote. Mine’s for Jackie Earle Haley. Victor: A Nightmare on Elm Street
Jackie Earle Haley’s Freddy slices and dices his way into Round Two, taking the match-up 2 votes to Grave‘s 1.
Up Next: Piranha 3D (2010) VS. Fright Night (2011)