Freddy Krueger flick is a nightmare

Nick Kirkines, Staff Reporter

What defines a good movie? Is it the awe- inspiring special effects, the acting, or the action? The truth is, none of these factor into what a great movie is.

 A movie shouldn’t be defined as a big budget blockbuster and automatically be called good. What matters is the story that is behind the effects. I don’t know about anyone else, but when I watch a movie I don’t want to feel my pulse for 90 minutes. I want to be transported outside of my body and escape the troubles of this world.

 This is something that many movie makers neglect nowadays. They think that big explosions and gratuitous violence can take the place of story. Now, if a movie has all of this and still has a story that makes you care, that’s all good and dandy. However, I’d rather watch the original Halloween, rather than the Halloween remakes any day.

This is another problem with movies today. Horror is now classified as blood and guts. It seems movie makers would rather recycle story just so they can up the body count, and increase the sexuality.

 For example, consider the new A Nightmare on Elm Street remake. While this movie is clearly scary, the moments of fear come from scary music, pop out moments, and gore. Why would I want to spend 20 bucks to see that when I can so easily pop the original in my DVD player and watch it instead? There is no reason to be scared when the plot has been discussed for over 25 years.

The original Nightmare was one of the best horror movies ever made. Who could forget those creepy little girls singing “one, two Freddy’s coming for you”?  Who could forget when one of the victims is discovered torn to shreds? Yes, this may be gory moment, but we don’t see the flesh being torn.  All we see is the signature claws that caused such damage.

 Movies today don’t have the same amazement that they once held. Laziness, remakes, and unoriginality ruin what once was.