A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Samuel Bayer (2010)

bbfc_rating|ages_18_and_over Certificate


Our Score
Music video director Samuel Bayer's blandly efficient remake of Wes Craven's seminal horror retains the core concept (if you die in your dreams, you die in real life), but where the 1984 film was joltingly inventive and disturbing, this is just second-hand fright. The identical nightmares the Elm Street teens share in this tedious reboot retain many of the original's iconic moments, such as the razor-fingered glove in the bathtub. But heroine Rooney Mara isn't the initial focus of the slightly tweaked terror, and that dilutes any empathy we might have with her past trauma and the accompanying exploration of the scary power of the subconscious. It's glossy and visually artful, but ultimately pointless without Craven's wickedly humorous touch. Robert Englund shouldn't lose any sleep, either. Taking over from him as scorched slasher Freddy Krueger is Jackie Earle Haley, who completely lacks his predecessor's evil charisma - even the character's signature one-liners fall totally flat.


Teenagers in a sleepy town find their dreams haunted by a sadistic child murderer who was burned alive by their parents. As they struggle to find a way to stop the madman, it proves increasingly difficult to stay awake and one-by-one they gradually succumb to their worst nightmare. Horror remake, starring Jackie Earle Haley, Kyle Gallner, Rooney Mara, Katie Cassidy and Thomas Dekker.

Cast & Crew

Freddy Krueger Jackie Earle Haley
Kris Fowles Katie Cassidy
Quentin Smith Kyle Gallner
Nancy Holbrook Rooney Mara
Jesse Braun Thomas Dekker
Dean Russell Kellan Lutz
Alan Smith Clancy Brown
Dr Gwen Holbrook Connie Britton
Nora Fowles Lia D Mortensen
Inmate Andrew Fiscella
Director Samuel Bayer
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: WarnerAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 7 May 2010