A Nightmare on Elm Street

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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 98
  2. Negative: 41 out of 98
  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. AaronM
    May 5, 2010
    3
    Don't go see in theatres and don't even bother to rent this one. There is nothing refreshing about this new Nightmare on Elm Don't go see in theatres and don't even bother to rent this one. There is nothing refreshing about this new Nightmare on Elm Street. Creators need to realize the joy of the Nightmare on Elm Street movies is the nightmares themselves and the characters own beliefs that they can defeat Freddy at his own game. Instead, this movie goes the "I have amnesia" route and tries to set up Nightmare on Elm Street as a mystery that everyone already knows the answers to! What a waste! And Jackie Earle Haley plays Freddy the same way throughout the entire movie - very disappointing - and the movie just seems distant. Distant to its audience, distant to its fans, and even fans with amnesia are left with nothing to appreciate with this remake. Expand
  6. Aug 11, 2010
    2
    I am not a fan of the original "A Nightmare on Elm Street" in fact I did not like it much at all mostly due to the fact that for a movieI am not a fan of the original "A Nightmare on Elm Street" in fact I did not like it much at all mostly due to the fact that for a movie with it's reputation it lacked everything a great horror film needs it just fell flat when I needed it to soar. Sometime in mid to late '09, I started hearing rumors that New Line Cinema was looking to reboot the famed Nightmare on Elm Street franchise but then I had not seen the original so I had no interest in watching the remake. Well after much speculation and some minor hype for this film I sat down to see the much talked about remake to the popular 1984 slasher film. Little did I know that I was in for a treat and a sour disappointment? Samuel Bayer's (another music video director trying to make it big) "A Nightmare on Elm Street" was not the nightmare I had hoped for it lacked depth of character and enough twist and turns to really be called a true horror film instead it comes off as a two bit SyFy channel "horror" film. That comes complete with hooky dialogue, extremely poor acting, predictability on a scale so high that you almost want to laugh at this films expense and trust me when I say this, you will! The "Nightmare on Elm Street" remake makes the original and other horror remakes (The Ring, The Crazies) look so good in comparison. Samuel Bayer's â 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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