Originally Posted by ashedmaniac
I'd like to hear an examined opinion from someone who says, "I know a decent amount about this." I wasn't trying to be on any high horse although I understand how it can appear that way. But, to me, this is a Blu-ray forum - who has the time or energy to be that petty and egotistical among fans? I was simply trying to convey my working knowledge relative to that of most others within how I was framing my opinion of the performance. I'd enjoy hearing a remotely in-depth analysis on your part although, obviously, you're under no obligation to provide one.
I think the NOES remake is mediocre at best (like pretty much every PD franchise remake, which all amount to "Greatest Hits" compilations of memorable moments from the original series), so I have no great desire to discuss it in-depth. There are decent things about it, and lousy things about it. I don't think it's as bad as many fans make it out to be (especially compared to a lot of the crap in the original series), but it's certainly no gem, either. Mara's performance felt real to me, though...perhaps because it reminded me of several people I've known. She did fine in the movie, and I don't care that she hated being in it. That's about the sum total of my opinion on the matter.
I grow frustrated in discussions with fans of other horror series when, for some reason, many default to New Nightmare constructs. What's next for Scream? Do a "New Nightmare!" What's next for Leprechaun? Do a "New Nightmare!" That film seemed to establish a precedent for largely unimaginative people to think it would be some great idea to have the actors playing themselves in any further horror franchise sequel.
To me, that's possibly indicative of the quality of the concept in itself - that it has such staying power with people who aren't even necessarily discussing the Nightmare series.
What's most frustrating to me is that New Nightmare (which has become my favorite film in the franchise) failed so miserably at the box office, and then a couple of years later, Craven did many of the same things in Scream, and it became a runaway hit. Which I think had a lot to do with a new generation being tired of the old "dinosaur" slashers of the '80s and wanting to have their own
horror icons, more than anything else. By the mid-'90s, box office was falling off for all
the major slasher icons. Still, it's sad that the reward for Craven's return, and his successful bid to redeem a series that had become mired in torturous self-parody, was the lowest box office return in the history of the franchise.