A Nightmare in Elm Street (2010) title

Tag line : Welcome to your New Nightmare...

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)Yet another entry in the long line of Hollywood remakes to have come out in the wake of 2003's "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" sees Jackie Earl Haley (of "Watchman" fame) donning the familiar stripy sweater and razor fingered glove in this "re-imagining" of Wes Craven's 1984 shocker.

Aping the plot of the original, the teenagers of the town of Springwood have all been suffering from bad dreams, some of which are so terrifying, they've been trying to avoid sleeping altogether. They later find that all their dreams share a common theme, they all involve a disfigured killer named Freddy Krueger.

But what is particularly interesting is that Fred Krueger was an actual person, namely the caretaker at a pre-school which all these kids once attended and who apparently "disappeared" many years ago. But when the kids all start dieing in mysterious circumstances, they soon begin to realise that these are no ordinary dreams and falling asleep could be the death of them.

Setting out to discover what's going on, Nancy Holbrook (Rooney Mara) and her friend Quentin (Kyle Galner) find that Freddy was actually burned to death in a fire set by an angry vigilante mob, consisting of their parents, who suspected him of child abuse. But when questions arise as to whether he was in fact innocent, it becomes a race against time to find out what this dream demon really wants before there's no one left to find out.

Whilst there are several notable differences between this and the original, the lead adult (played by Clancy Brown) being the school's head teacher, as opposed to a police officer for one and Freddy being a school caretaker. The film is more or less just a retread of the original, updated for the 2010 market.

Overall, on a pure entertainment level, I actually enjoyed it more than the original, though I doubt this one will be remembered as fondly in another 20 years like the original is now. Also, Jackie Earl Haley may be a fine actor, but he is no Robert Englund for sure.

Overall Marks : 6/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines "Never Sleep Again", "All you have to do is dream..", "He knows where you sleep".

  • The films budget was $35,000,000

  • The film was originally intended as a prequel to the original movie, but this idea was dropped in favour of turning into a remake, to cash in on the current Hollywood boom of remaking classic horror films.

  • This proved to be the highest grossing horror remake to date (as of June 2010).

  • Producer Michael Bay also produced the remakes of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre", "Friday the 13th", "The Hitcher" and "Amityville Horror".

  • Jackie Earl Haley had auditioned for a role in the original "Nightmare on Elm Street" back in 1984, but was unsuccessful. However, his friend Johnny Depp, who'd just gone along to keep him company, was spotted by Wes Craven and offered a part.

  • The effects crew studied photos of actual burns victims to produce the make-up effects for Freddy Kruger in this film. However, they decided to tone down the realism so that viewers wouldn't turn away in disgust.

  • Billy Bob Thornton was originally considered for the role of Freddy.

  • The casting of Jackie Earl Haley as Freddy Krueger had started as a rumour on the internet. After hearing about it in an interview, he said that he would love to be cast in the role. The rumours and Jackie's interest subsequently filtered back to the film makers, who then offered him the part.

  • After filming had finished, Warner Bros apparently wanted them to convert the film into 3D prior to release. However the producers argued that as they had not shot the movie using 3D cameras, the effects would not look good enough, so they backed down.

  • Wes Craven was reportedly less than happy about them remaking his original film and has publicly criticised it in several interviews.

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