A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Horror icon Freddy Krueger returns to your nightmares in this remake of the 1984 original. Krueger, played by Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, Little Children), is a serial-killer who wields a glove with four blades for fingers. He terrorises and murders people in their dreams, resulting in their death in reality.

The original Wes Craven film spawned seven sequels, a TV series plus 2003's Freddy vs Jason (in which he battles the masked maniac of the Halloween movies).

2010Rating: R16, Contains Violence, Offensive Language & Sexual Themes96 minsUSA
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A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) / Reviews

Flicks

Flicks, Steve Newall

Krueger’s back-story may seem unnecessarily fleshed out in a case of the remake opting to explain a bit too much, but he displays a deeper level of predatory sadism here that reflects his upgrading of creep from child-killer to child-molester. Haley just ain’t no Englund, no matter how much he tries.

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Flicks

Flicks, Steve Newall

Krueger’s back-story may seem unnecessarily fleshed out in a case of the remake opting to explain a bit too much, but he displays a deeper level of predatory sadism here that reflects his upgrading of creep from child-killer to child-molester. Haley just ain’t no Englund, no matter how much he tries.

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Variety

Variety

While the 1984 film has aged, its now-familiar jolts still pack more punch than this pic's recycled ones, which sometimes register so tepidly as to cause snickers.

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TVNZ

TVNZ

In this reimagining of the once popular Elm Street series, the teens of a small American town are dozing off - and being plagued by visions of a man in a red and black striped jumper and with a burned face.

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Total Film

Total Film

Liked the original but wished it was unfeasibly generic with a touch more paedophilia? Bingo…

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The New York Times

The New York Times

It’s moderately entertaining and instantly forgettable. Poor Freddy. I can’t help thinking he deserves better.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

I stared at A Nightmare on Elm Street with weary resignation. The movie consists of a series of teenagers who are introduced, haunted by nightmares and then slashed to death by Freddy. So what? Are we supposed to be scared?

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

This "Nightmare" is mostly stale goods. You'd think Bayer's music video background would jibe well with the playful surreality of Craven's premise. But when not paying homage -- the claw in the bathtub, the morphing wall -- Bayer surprisingly traffics in factory-level horror atmospherics and loud, saw-it-coming shocks.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The back-to-the-beginning approach unimaginatively goes through the motions, offering scant justification for its boring existence, at least from an artistic point of view.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Haley earns his stripes but Bayer's reboot is a bland anticlimax.

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