Before it came out I was reading so much hype about Jackie Earle Haley playing Freddie and how awesome he was in the role. Now, I don't think anyone could have done it better than Robert Englund, and I understand that Haley wasn't trying to outdo Englund, but rather put his own spin on the Freddy character... but he just didn't do it for me. This was a remake I just felt added nothing to the original. When I thought we were going to get this long back story on Freddy, and what he had done and how he became what he is, I was pumped. But, they glossed over the one thing they could have done to improve on the original, to me anyway. I don't hate it, I guess. But, could've been better.
Agreed. When the new one was getting ready to release, the commercials made Jackie Earle Haley's version of Freddie seem really terrifying, but when watching the actual movie I thought Englund really did it better.
Maybe because I just love the ones with Englund, but overall, I felt the remake just wasn't on the level of the original, all the way around. Original all the way for me.