A Nightmare on Elm Street

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Mixed or average reviews- based on 239 Ratings

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  • Summary: Nancy, Kris, Quentin, Jesse and Dean all live on Elm Street. At night, they're all having the same dream--of the same man, wearing a tattered red and green striped sweater, a beaten fedora half-concealing a disfigured face and a gardener's glove with knives for fingers. And they're allNancy, Kris, Quentin, Jesse and Dean all live on Elm Street. At night, they're all having the same dream--of the same man, wearing a tattered red and green striped sweater, a beaten fedora half-concealing a disfigured face and a gardener's glove with knives for fingers. And they're all hearing the same frightening voice...one by one, he terrorizes them within the curved walls of their dreams, where the rules are his, and the only way out is to wake up. (Warner Bros.) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 25
  2. Negative: 10 out of 25
  1. So any "Nightmare" movie has a built-in handicap going in, but the better ones find ways to compensate, by casting appealing young actors (they're always young), by having imaginative dream sequences and - most important of all - by keeping the dreams short. By that standard, this new "Nightmare" is a fairly decent effort.
  2. 50
    The energy is missing in the remake because the techniques, which are replicated in a straightforward fashion, are stale.
  3. Less a nightmare than a case of bad indigestion, this ’80s horror reboot is a primer in the humorless recycling of potent pop culture.
  4. 38
    It's the Bay touch you feel in the way actors register as body count, characters go undeveloped, and sensation trumps feeling. A nightmare, indeed.
  5. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    30
    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.
  6. 12
    Good ol' Fred loses any sense of playful shock he once possessed and turns into a generic figure meticulously manufactured to simultaneously gross and freak us out. It doesn't work.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 99
  2. Negative: 42 out of 99
  1. Nov 9, 2010
    10
    Oscar Worthy. The way Samuel Bayer pulls off the tension and brilliant interaction between the characters is astounding. Freddy Kruger belongsOscar Worthy. The way Samuel Bayer pulls off the tension and brilliant interaction between the characters is astounding. Freddy Kruger belongs in the high elite club of film characters such as Atticus Finch, The Godfather, And General Patton. An absolutely incredible film, that has to be seen by everyone, young and old. Expand
  2. JustinJ
    May 1, 2010
    9
    Wow what did most people expect from this. I wen thinking would scree it up and came out surprised. Though it's not as creepy as the Wow what did most people expect from this. I wen thinking would scree it up and came out surprised. Though it's not as creepy as the orignal the story telling is better. Great reintroduction of a classic. Expand
  3. MarkR
    May 3, 2010
    8
    I saw it Friday night, the whole time I was thinking did the critics see the same movie. Was is great no, was it bad no. I thought it was I saw it Friday night, the whole time I was thinking did the critics see the same movie. Was is great no, was it bad no. I thought it was good for what it was. For all u morons who take this movie way to serious and personal, grow up it Expand
  4. Aug 12, 2012
    4
    The remake of Nightmare was not impressed me that much. Meanwhile, they put too many unexpected scenes that may frighten the beginning, butThe remake of Nightmare was not impressed me that much. Meanwhile, they put too many unexpected scenes that may frighten the beginning, but eventually you get used to the public. The worst thing is that this film seems to be made to do so because there is nothing new in the entire film. Although the film has its good points such as the picture very dark and I must say that even the actors fared well, especially Rooney Mara. As for Freddy's makeup should I say, at least for me, has done quite well since they have tried to make it more realistic. Perhaps he had many chances to be a good remake, but have been wasted. Certainly the biggest mistake was putting a director who first made ​​advertising films and who have given a too big for him. Expand
  5. Jan 11, 2014
    3
    Sadly it was felt that this film franchise needed a reboot and thus the 2010 NOES was born. Jackie Earle Haley's Freddy is nowhere as scary asSadly it was felt that this film franchise needed a reboot and thus the 2010 NOES was born. Jackie Earle Haley's Freddy is nowhere as scary as Robert Englund's and the cast proves to be pretty yet bland. Expand
  6. Dec 13, 2011
    2
    The remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street isn't a bad film because of complete lack of competence. On the contrary, on a technical level, theThe remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street isn't a bad film because of complete lack of competence. On the contrary, on a technical level, the stunts and effects are handled extremely well. What makes it a particularly sub-par film is the fact that it's so empty below the surface. Whereas the original was a thinking man's horror film, this version substitutes original ideas and genuinely scary imagery for cheap thrills and an abundance of gore. As a remake, it has little new to offer - every scene that "pays tribute" to the original is a pale shadow in comparison, and the few original ideas are lazy and completely lacking in the ability to scare. Though Jackie Earle Haley makes a decent enough Freddie Krueger, somehow the character loses all power and sense of threat with the filmmakers' decision to flesh out his backstory - he was scary in the original because he was an enigma! The vast majority of the cast are laughable in their performances (though at least Rooney Mara looks like she's trying) and the script is abysmal. Even after all this, the main crime this remake commits is not that it isn't fit to lick the boots of Wes Craven's chilling classic, it's that it simply isn't scary. It's unsubtle, dumb, and about as terrifying as a trip to your local post office. Thank goodness Wes Craven had nothing to do with this insulting version of his seminal horror creation, but at least he can still dream of the good old days, when original ideas still counted for something in filmmaking. Expand
  7. ChristianV.
    May 3, 2010
    0
    Waste of money. Bad Character development. Bad script/story. Nothing scary about it. Period.

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