A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) Movie Review Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

There is a bloody tradition in the street of Elm. Once you hit puberty, consider your poor self to be the latest target of a burnt pedophile named Fred. Yup, Freddy Krueger is back. And this time, he might have throat cancer, but with a long list of teenagers to kill, I’m sure that’s the least of his worries.

Having seen so many movies of its kind, I have reason to believe that teens are the favorite choice of heroes in slasher films because (1) they are dumb as rocks and (2) they don’t require deep characterization and heavy dialogue. The writers of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” may have applied this thought a little too much.

The teens of this movie are without a trace of the common human characteristics of their age, or any other age. They spend most of their time on screen walking, talking, thinking, reminiscing, and on special occasions: all of the above. I would compare their energy to Romero zombies, but that could provoke the Underworld. As opposed to the lifelessness of these characters, zombies have an excuse. They’re dead.

Soon enough, our teens will also be dead thanks to Freddy Krueger, who is played by Jackie Earle Haley. Something is wrong with the “new” Freddy. I remember when Robert Englund was at his peak with this role more than twenty years ago. He was very entertaining. His perverted sense of humor along with his demented enthusiasm for murder made him the infamous “bastard son of a thousand maniacs” that he was.

Now Freddy is just a bastard. He stalks, grunts, teases, thrusts, slashes, and we move on to the character with the second deepest eye bags. Then the third. Then the fourth. I could say that the tedious Freddy is a result of poor acting by Jackie Earle Haley, but I won’t. I blame the hollow script. Whoever wrote that thing deserves nightmares.

Samuel Bayer, a known music video director, is the one responsible for this remake. He does get one thing right, and that’s the visuals. They are good. But considering the fact that he has so little to work with here, they better be damn good.


  1. I wish englund would sue. This had a few good ideas mainly the backstory, but it was no where near as good as any of the originals. And what was up with the voice of freddy??

    • Yeah. I wonder if there are any videos out there where Englund gives his thoughts on the reboot of the franchise, and ultimately his character. Though I hated most of the originals, at least Englund’s Freddy was entertaining.

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