A Nightmare on Elm Street

2010

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

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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!

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Cast

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
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
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 (176) | 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.

Sep 7, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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

May 6, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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.

May 14, 2010 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

May 6, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
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.

May 5, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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

Apr 30, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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

Super Reviewer

Wts

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

½

I feel sorry for whoever was involved in this movie. Not only did they waste their time, but they got payed for basically ruining the original movie which is one of the best horror movies of all time. The remake to the 1984 Nightmare on Elm Street just shows that remakes never as good as the original. (With few exceptions) Freddy Krueger is just going around killing teens in their dreams and that's the gist of the plot. One thing I was really bothered by is that the scenes in this movie are taken exactly from the original, even almost shot for shot. I know it's a remake, but if you don't add something new then the movie is just dull. The characters in this version aren't as likeable either. In this version Nancy just looks all goth and looks like she doesn't like anybody or anything. The original potrayed Nancy as charismatic and believable as a tortured teen afraid of dreaming. The actors are all really boring as well. Rooney Mara plays Nancy and her line reading is enough to put anyone to sleep. (I suppose if she wants to prevent her friends from sleeping all she has to do is just shut up.) Jackie Earle Haley takes on the role of Freddy Krueger and I really don't like that choice. He talks like he has throat cancer and he's not as fun as Robert Englund's Freddy. The original Freddy was dark and twisted but he also had a funny side to him. ("Welcome to prime time, bitch!") Also, Freddy's design in this is just stupid looking. He looks like Lord Voldemort's Asian brother. Despite my dislike for how depressing the film felt, I felt like the production value for this movie did a good job of matching that of the original. If you're a fan of Freddy Krueger, stick with the original. This version is just a mess and doesn't deliver the scares the way the original did. (Don't even get me started on the CGI wall scene in this movie.)

Tyler Robertson
Tyler Robertson

Super Reviewer

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