Imagine someone decided to remake A Nightmare on Elm Street as a romantic drama about the dating woes of Heather Langenkamp, with a brief tangent about a slightly unpleasant but dapper fellow named Fred Krueger who wears velvet gloves and has a perfect complexion. That kind of bastardization is more or less what Disney, director Walter Salles, and screenwriter Rafael Yglesias have done to Hideo Nakata's masterpiece. Stripped of every major scary moment and restructured in what feels like a deliberate attempt to remove all suspense, this "horror" movie is now a domestic soap opera, in which mom-and-daughter combo Dahlia (Jennifer Connelly) and Ceci (Ariel Gade) move into a rundown apartment and have to deal with custody issues, imaginary friends, and Pete Postlethwaite's hideously fake Russian accent. We're supposed to wonder if a ghost (Perla Haney-Jardine) is real or not, but we see her early on, and she isn't scary. The Pang Brothers' The Eye and Gore Verbinski's The Ring were better remakes of Dark Water than this.
Director: Walter Salles
Writer: Rafael Yglesias
Producer: Bill Mechanic, Roy Lee and Doug Davison
Cast: Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly, Tim Roth, Dougray Scott, Pete Postlethwaite, Ariel Gade, Camryn Manheim, Perla Haney-Jardine, Debra Monk and Linda Emond