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A Nightmare on Elm Street

  • Crime/detective
  • Drama
  • 2010
  • Samuel Bayer
  • 95 mins
  • 18

Summary

The spectre of a disfigured man haunts the children of the parents who murdered him, stalking and killing them in their dreams.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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Freddy KruegerJackie Earle Haley
Kris FowlesKatie Cassidy
Quentin SmithKyle Gallner
Nancy HolbrookRooney Mara
Jesse BraunThomas Dekker
Dean RussellKellan Lutz
Alan SmithClancy Brown
Dr Gwen HolbrookConnie Britton
Nora FowlesLia D Mortensen
InmateAndrew Fiscella

Crew

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DirectorSamuel Bayer

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner
Released on
2010-05-07
Languages
English
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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