A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

by Evan ODell 4/30/10

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) Directed by Samuel Bayer. Written by Wesley Strick and Eric Heisserer from the original story by Wes Craven. Starring Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara, Kyle Gallner, Katie Cassidy, and Thomas Dekker.

I got out of the Texas Frightmare Weekend film festival early enough to catch a midnight show.

The number one obstacle any remake has to tackle is respecting the original while maintaining the same level of quality the fans have come to expect. So how does the new Nightmare do?

I’d like to start out by saying I rather like the story. It’s pretty good. I think it handles the question of Freddy’s origin far better than the filmmakers did in recent remakes of Halloween or Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Though the pedophile aspect, which had only been hinted at before, seems to completely replace the child killing of the original… A change I could live without.

I’d also like to commend them for remembering that Freddy Kreuger was once creepy and he hasn’t always been the goofiest mainstream horror bogeyman.

The changes to the script are satisfactory for me as they all seem to respect the spirit of the original. Aside from the backstory being fleshed out somewhat, the characters have been changed a bit.

I don’t think for a second that any of the characters were quite as strong as their original counterparts. I much prefer Robert Englund’s take on Freddy, Heather Langenkamp’s Nancy, and Johnny Depp’s Glenn over Kyle Gallner’s Quentin. Jackie Earle Haley’s Freddy just sounds too much like his character in Watchmen.


For those of you that haven’t seen a Nightmare movie before, here’s a bit of a synopsis:

A group of teenagers find that they’re sharing the same dreams of a scary bogeyman (Jackie Earle Haley) who seems to possess the ability to harm them in real life through their dreams. Now the kids are too afraid to go to sleep, but how long can they fight to stay awake before they eventually succumb to Freddy’s razor knives.


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