This movie gets three stars for at least being better than the Halloween and Friday the 13th reboots. Like those, though, it is a pale reflection of the original.
It may not be fair to compare Jackie Earle Haley to Robert Englund, but even trying to set aside their performances, Englund took the role and ran with it – Haley took the role and did what the director told him to do. Maybe they wanted Freddie to be cold and remorseless this time around, instead of gleefully sadistic, as Englund was – if so, they missed the point.
Halloween (as awful as that reboot was) and Friday the 13th took the original source material and gave them different spins. Those spins may have completely ruined it, but there was at least a reason to see the movie – there was a vision of some sort there. This, though, was a direct remake with some more window dressing changes. It gets points for not destroying the franchise like Rob Zombie’s Halloween but not much else. The performances are largely lifeless as well. Again, they aren’t bad, they just seem “void”.
In the end, while this isn’t a great movie, it also isn’t terrible…it just sort of “is”.