A Nightmare on Elm Street (18)

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Time Out says

Tue May 4 2010

In Wes Craven’s 1984 original, Nancy warned her boyfriend Glen, a young Johnny Depp: ‘Whatever happens, don’t fall asleep.’ Heed this warning if you see this tedious ‘reimagining’ of Craven’s seminal slasher movie, because you’ll be struggling to stay awake. Inheriting Freddy Krueger’s iconic fedora and striped sweater from Robert Englund, former child star Jackie Earle Haley makes what he can of a hand-me-down role, slicing his way into the dreams of suburban teenagers. That said, Haley’s CGI-enhanced make-up makes more of an impression than his weak presence, ‘scary’ voice or lame one-liners. After their friend is killed by an invisible attacker, emo girl Nancy (Rooney Mara) and misfit Quentin (Kyle Gallner) are convinced that her death is connected to a nightmare they’ve all been having and a dark Freddy Krueger-related secret their parents have kept from them – a secret the kids have all, in a convenient act of collective amnesia, repressed since nursery school. Now Freddy is back, invading their dreams and threatening to kill them in their sleep. The makers clearly couldn’t decide between a prequel or remake, so they and first-time director Samuel Bayer have jammed both together. Heather Langenkamp’s wimpy portrayal of Nancy was the original’s weak point, and here Mara’s Nancy slips between the somnambulant and the catatonic. This is the worst yet from Michael Bay’s horror production company Platinum Dunes, which also brought you rubbish re-makes of ‘Halloween’ and ‘Friday the 13th’.

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18

UK release:

Fri May 7, 2010

Duration:

95 mins

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gary smith

This movie took the character into more depth and more realalistic view point. and becuase it s a remake you have to be open to some new idaes and have an open mind. People said the remake of Willy Wonka was bad, but if you read the book you would see both the remake and originale were verry closly relatedt to the book. The originale Feddy is tottaly classic horrer, but this a differant time period. Just as the originale Dracula and Frankenstien movies are classics, but they wouldnt work today on the big screen, in this time period here and now,with out some modifactions.They were scary then , but not now, because we have evolved, and live in a day of mass information, we expect more to frighten us and more to challenge us, because we know more about things and the way they work. Plus if you watch a remake , whats the point of remaking it if its exactly same?NEW DAY, NEW AGE! Thats the way its always worked. You may love the Diseny classic cartoon movies.[ ex. Aladdin, Little Mermaid, Jungle Book, Robin Hood] but they are verry far from the original stories, whitch in them selves were considerd classics. My rating-- good movie, very entertaing , more substance then the origanale classic, a little more to think about ,but more seriious, not as funny or campy as they say. But i would definatly recomend it

Mollly

DAMN! Mann This Fillm IS oneeee of Theeee Kinndddd After I Watchheeed it i couldn't sleep as i was at my aunties house and she lives next door to a GRAVE YARD D: Wannna watchh it agaiin Dooeeeeeeeee X

Mollly

DAMN! Mann This Fillm IS oneeee of Theeee Kinndddd After I Watchheeed it i couldn't sleep as i was at my aunties house and she lives next door to a GRAVE YARD D: Wannna watchh it agaiin Dooeeeeeeeee X

Thomas Noctor

I was expecting a disaster when I went to see this, I was around for the 80's ones and to tell you the truth they were a little camp. This on the other hand is raw, gorey and jumpy! This outdoes the Original 5 to 1

Thomas Noctor

I was expecting a disaster when I went to see this, I was around for the 80's ones and to tell you the truth they were a little camp. This on the other hand is raw, gorey and jumpy! This outdoes the Original 5 to 1

Stephen

am sorry am i missing something? is there another version of this movie that i dont know about? this movies was horrible. i wanted to punch myself in the face just so i could feel alive. know wonder mainstream horror hasnt a clue with wobbos like you giving 4 out of 5 stars! theres only one star the brown star this movie came from. next!

Thomas Noctor

After reading reviews about this I was not looking forward to seeing it so I went expecting a turkey! I was amazed as this was a fantastic remake and out does the original 5 ti 1 at least! I was around in the 80s and enjoyed the 1st one. Fans of the original will love this, new teeney boppers won't! What did the Time Out reviewer expect? The male lead is a great actor a younger Jaucin Phoneix (spelling may be wrong), and has been in a few good movies, Nancy is well played too and I'm glad they went into Freddy's past too! The old ones were camp this is raw, excellent!

Thomas Noctor

After reading reviews about this I was not looking forward to seeing it so I went expecting a turkey! I was amazed as this was a fantastic remake and out does the original 5 ti 1 at least! I was around in the 80s and enjoyed the 1st one. Fans of the original will love this, new teeney boppers won't! What did the Time Out reviewer expect? The male lead is a great actor a younger Jaucin Phoneix (spelling may be wrong), and has been in a few good movies, Nancy is well played too and I'm glad they went into Freddy's past too! The old ones were camp this is raw, excellent!

cathy

fantastic film i loved it the only bad thing was freddys make ut goodp it wasn

ril7773

This fils is not AS bad a many people here have made it out to be. Yes, the scares are predictable at points and the acting can be described as 'tree like' at best, but all in all there is enough here to keep you entertained enough for an hour or so. This is an inferior film to the original and some scenes etc have been modified for better or for worse, but if you have seen the original a million times (and many people have) then the last thing you want to see is an exact remake of the original. There are a few good scares and a scattering of twists etc to keep you going.. A decent watch - not awesome - what is these days though?

Bethany

Honestly i think your all dramatic, i really enjoyed the film, yes it was predictable near to the end but, im gladly seeing it again tomorrow!

Dan Riordan

this film has been getting slamed , freddy looks fairly stupid which I can't really understand cause the original freddy looks terrifying , you'd think they could have made him look scarrier . There are a few good pop up bits at the start that will give you a cheap scare but as the film goes on they become more and more predictable . I didn't think the story adaption was as bad as everyone is making out but it is by no means as chilling as the original. Overall the film is watchable but very forgetable

rebecca

this is by far the best film i have ever seen,i was so scared it is just brilliant im going again tommorrow

rebecca

this is by far the best film i have ever seen,i was so scared it is just brilliant im going again tommorrow

Brettski

This movie was complete garbage! You can tell that it had poorly worked script. Dream sequences took place in the "1984 Boiler Room" but this Freddy did his deeds in thebasement a preschool?! Also the glove never made sense because the new Freddy never killed children, he molested them. Also the acting was TERRIBLE! What was up with the new Nancy? Did they have a budget cut? She she was butt ugly, had a lisp and overbite with a set of fangs. Can anyone be an actor these days?

James

ACM had to have secruity guards on the door! Did cineworld?? Someone please comment me back :(

James

ACM had to have secruity guards on the door! Did cineworld?? Someone please comment me back :(

chris

Emm....Platinum Dunes did NOT make Halloween....more research required? I think so.

chris

Emm....Platinum Dunes did NOT make Halloween....more research required? I think so.