9. His Reviled Remake Makeover Is Actually More Scientifically Accurate
Yes, everyone may love to hate the 2010 re-imagining of Freddy—and there will be no disagreement in that respect here.
But whilst many of the woeful decisions made from script to screen by the Platinum Dunes team are as indefensible as—well, as anything else from Platinum Dunes, there’s one controversial element of their redo which actually has a defensible explanation. Even if it is still very naff.
Yes, the redesign of Freddy’s scarred visage in the remake seems like a classic case of “if it ain’t broke, don’t feel compelled to slather it in CGI and reshape it”. But to be fair to the production team behind this misfire, the version of Freddy played by Watchmen’s Jackie Earl Haley is actually designed to be a far more accurate representation of a real-life burn victim than the scarier original version.
There is, of course, an argument to be made that the original film’s more fantastical interpretation was less likely to leave viewers creeped out by burn victims though, so on further inspection this may merely be another mistake made by the saps stuck with the thankless job of reinventing Freddy.