A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

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A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
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If you thought Freddy's Dead was the worst, you're in for a treat.
Genre: Horror
Directed By: Samuel Bayer
Starring: Jackie Earle Haley
Kyle Gallner
Rooney Mara
Katie Cassidy
Thomas Dekker
Kellan Lutz
Photography: Color
Distributed By: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: April 27, 2010 (Hollywood)
April 30, 2010 (United States)
Runtime: 90 minutes
Country: United States

A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 2010 American slasher film directed by Samuel Bayer, and written by Wesley Strick and Eric Heisserer. The film stars Jackie Earle Haley, Kyle Gallner, Rooney Mara, Katie Cassidy, Thomas Dekker, and Kellan Lutz. Produced by Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes, it is a remake of Wes Craven's 1984 film of the same name and the reboot of the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. A Nightmare on Elm Street had its world premiere at Hollywood on April 27, 2010, and was theatrically released in North America on April 30, 2010, by Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema.


Kris Fowles (Katie Cassidy) goes to the Springwood Diner to meet with her ex-boyfriend, Dean Russell (Kellan Lutz), who falls asleep at the table and meets a man covered in burn scars, wearing a red and green sweater, a fedora and a clawed glove on his hand. The burned man cuts Dean's throat in the dream, but in reality it appears that Dean is cutting his own throat as his friend, waitress Nancy Holbrook (Rooney Mara), looks on with Kris. At Dean's funeral, Kris sees a photograph of her and Dean as children, but cannot recall ever knowing Dean before high school. Kris begins to dream about the burned man herself and refuses to go to sleep for fear that she will die in her dreams. Jesse Braun (Thomas Dekker), Kris's ex-boyfriend, shows up at her house to keep her company while she sleeps, but Kris meets the burned man in her dreams and is murdered. Covered in her blood, Jesse runs to Nancy's house to try to explain what happened and he learns that Nancy has been having dreams about the same man: Freddy Krueger (Jackie Earle Haley).

Jesse is apprehended by the police under suspicion of murdering Kris, and is killed by Krueger when he falls asleep in his jail cell. With her friends dying, Nancy begins to question what everyone's connection is to each other, given that none of them can remember each other before their teenage years. Eventually, Nancy and her friend Quentin Smith (Kyle Gallner) discover that all of them attended the same preschool together. Nancy's mother, Gwen (Connie Britton), reluctantly tells Nancy and Quentin that there was a gardener at the preschool, Fred Krueger, who abused Nancy and the rest of the kids. Gwen explains that Nancy was his favorite, and that she came home one day telling her mother about a hidden space in Krueger's room and the things he did to her there. Gwen claims Krueger skipped town before he was arrested. Nancy does not believe her and attempts to track down the remaining kids from the school. Nancy eventually discovers that all of the other kids have been killed, most of them in their sleep. Meanwhile, Quentin tries to accept that his nightmares are nothing more than repressed memories, but he falls asleep during swim practice and witnesses what really happened to Krueger. Quentin sees everyone's parents hunt down Krueger, and then burn him alive. Quentin and Nancy confront Quentin's father, Alan Smith (Clancy Brown), about murdering Krueger with no evidence that he had committed any crime. Thus, Nancy and Quentin believe that Krueger wants revenge on them for lying as children. As a result of their insomnia, Nancy and Quentin begin sporadically dreaming while they are still awake. To try to stop Krueger, they decide to go to the preschool and learn what they can.

On the way, Nancy falls asleep and is attacked by Krueger, but when Quentin wakes her up they discover she has pulled a piece of Krueger's sweater out of the dreamworld and into reality. Quentin takes Nancy to the hospital for cuts on her arm; there, he steals some adrenaline and a syringe to help them stay awake. Nancy and Quentin eventually make it to the preschool. Quentin uncovers Krueger's hidden room and the evidence that proves Krueger was in fact abusing all of the children; they realize that Krueger actually wants revenge on them for telling the truth. Nancy decides the only way to end this is to pull Krueger out of their dreams and kill him in reality. Quentin tries to stay awake long enough to pull Nancy out of her dream when she has Krueger, but he falls asleep and is attacked. Krueger then goes after Nancy, and explains that he intentionally left her for last so she would stay awake long enough that, when she finally fell asleep, she would no longer be able to wake up. While Nancy struggles with Krueger, Quentin uses the adrenaline to wake up Nancy who pulls Krueger into reality. With Krueger distracted by Quentin, Nancy uses a broken paper cutter blade to cut Krueger's gloved hand off, and then slice his throat. Afterward, Nancy torches the secret room, with Krueger's body left inside, while she and Quentin leave. Nancy and her mother return home from the hospital; Krueger suddenly appears in a mirror's reflection and kills Nancy's mother before pulling her body through the mirror while Nancy screams.

Why It Sucks

  1. Freddy is very out of character, he isn't as funny as he was in the original films. They apparently tried to take him back to the more serious way he was shown in the early films, but ended up going too far and making him totally humorless and dull.
    • He's so out of character that whenever he makes a joke, it is so forced and unfunny.
  2. Freddy is now a pedophile who didn’t murder the kids as a normal human, but he molested them! Not only is this not as “cool” as him killing the kids, but it’s also disturbing, and Freddy constantly annoys the audience by acting overly sexual, particularly towards Nancy.
  3. With the exception of Jackie Earle Haley, the acting sucks. Rooney Mara is bland as hell and the other characters don’t attempt to leave any impression.
  4. The CGI is poorly done.
  5. The ending is just stupid, it just ends with Freddy killing Nancy's mother, and then the film is over. While this is also how the original film ended, in that one Nancy was still dreaming, so it made more sense in context.
  6. The deaths (minus the opening kill) are very lame.
  7. Over-reliance on jump scares.
  8. Underwhelming climax.
  9. Very poor lighting in many scenes. Not helped by the fact that most of the movie takes place at night.
  10. The film tries too hard to one-up the original with its the recreation of some of the original movie's iconic scenes. Here, said scenes don't look exciting due to the CGI.
  11. The film reuses the Decepticons' theme from [[mh:greatestmovies:Transformers (2007)|Transformers}} in one scene. While both films share the same composer (Steve Jablonsky), what sense does that make?
  12. The film was so bad, Robert Englund (Freddy's original actor) took a picture of himself holding a piece of cardboard, that read "2010 REMAKE SUCKS".
  13. So much plotholes here and there.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Jackie Earle Haley gives a good performance as Freddy, despite being a little more edgy than the original.
  2. There were at least some scary moments.
  3. The way Freddy’s victims get pulled into the dream world is pretty satisfying.
  4. The microsleep element is pretty creative and intriguing, and helped make a few scenes scary.


A Nightmare on Elm Street received worst-reviewed Elm Street film to date, with reviews even worse than those of Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, the previously worst-reviewed film in the series. The film scored a little better with audiences, though still has the third-lowest IMDb user rating in the series, after Freddy's Dead and A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child. On Rotten Tomatoes A Nightmare on Elm Street has an approval rating of 15% based on 182 reviews, with an average rating of 3.90/10. The site's critics consensus reads, "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.". On Metacritic the film has a weighted average of 35 out of 100 based on 25 reviews. CinemaScore polls reported that the average grade cinemagoers gave the film was a "C+" on an A+ to F scale. Their exit polls showed that audiences were evenly divided between males and females with 40% between 18 and 24 years of age and 20% under 18.

Box Office

The film opened up at #1 on its opening weekend with a domestic gross of $32,902,299. It later made a total domestic gross of $63,075,011. In foreign countries, it made $52,589,026. Overall, the film made a worldwide gross of $115,664,037 against its $35 million budget.


  • Rooney Mara later said that working on the film was such a bad experience that she nearly gave up acting.
  • Co-star Thomas Dekker disowned starring in the film.


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