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A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)



Critic Consensus: Visually faithful but lacking the depth and subversive twists that made the original so memorable, the Nightmare on Elm Street remake lives up to its title in the worst possible way.

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Columbus late-night legend Fritz The Nite Owl will host a 30th anniversary screening of A Nightmare On Elm Street, complete with host segments and vintage commercial breaks. Please remain in your seat after the film for more Fritz!
R (for strong bloody horror violence, disturbing images, terror and language)
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Rooney Mara
as Nancy
Kyle Gallner
as Quentin
Jackie Earle Haley
as Freddy Krueger
Clancy Brown
as Alan, Quentin's Father
Connie Britton
as Marge, Nancy's Mother
Lia D. Mortensen
as Nora Fowles
Christian Stolte
as Jesse's Father
Julianna Damm
as Little Kris
Katie Schooping Knight
as Creepy Girl #1
Hailey Schooping Knight
as Creepy Girl #2
Leah Uteg
as Creepy Girl #3
Don Robert Cass
as History Teacher
Kurt Naebig
as Kurt's Father
Kyra Krumins
as Little Nancy
Brayden Coyer
as Little Jesse
Max Holt
as Little Dean
Bob Kizer
as Swim Coach
Pete Kelly
as Officer
Jason Brandstetter
as County Jail Cop
Rob Riley
as Paramedic
Scott Lindvall
as Paramedic
Dominick Coviello
as Pharmacist
Parker Bagley
as Paxton (Friend in Diner)
Jennifer Robers
as Dean's Mom
Logan Stalzer
as Little Logan
Christopher Woods
as Little Christopher
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Critic Reviews for A Nightmare on Elm Street

All Critics (171) | Top Critics (32)

I did jump a few times, and I liked Haley's dour malevolence, but overall, the new Nightmare on Elm Street is a by-the-numbers bad dream.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Freddy's back -- and he's slicker and more sinister than ever.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Top Critic

It's the Bay touch you feel in the way actors register as body count, characters go undeveloped, and sensation trumps feeling. A nightmare, indeed.

Full Review… | May 14, 2010
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

This is the worst yet from Michael Bay's horror production company Platinum Dunes, which also brought you rubbish re-makes of Halloween and Friday the 13th.

Full Review… | May 6, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

Jackie Earle Haley's Krueger is a blast, but the child-molester twist is more depressingly clinical than dream-logic harrowing.

Full Review… | May 5, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

The result of the new Nightmare is, at best, a kind of stand-off between predictability and competent execution.

Full Review… | April 30, 2010
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for A Nightmare on Elm Street

pointless remake of a classic, ruined by making the once terrifying Freddy into nothing more than an over sun burnt Jimmy Savile.

Stuart Brooks
Stuart Brooks

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Anatoliy Dudaev
Anatoliy Dudaev

Super Reviewer

It's amazing to me that filmmakers can't summon up competent remakes of old horror films. Given the source material, and the advancements in special effects, a remake of "A Nightmare On Elm Street", should have been a slam dunk. Instead, it was a miserable, and often boring, disaster. The writing is awful, the characters are lifeless, and the use of C.G.I. in the dream sequences is underwhelming. Jackie Earle Haley's interpretation of Freddy was passable, but there's no way it could overcome the mundane storytelling. This movie is garbage.

Jason Calvin
Jason Calvin

Super Reviewer

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