A Nightmare on Elm Street

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Posted: Mon May 3 2010

Less a nightmare than a case of bad indigestion, this ’80s horror reboot is a primer in the humorless recycling of potent pop culture. Wes Craven’s uneven but eerie 1984 original had a ridiculous, striped-sweater boogeyman named Fred—a conceit so loony it was terrifying. This time around, the mood shifts from wicked to morose, as teary high schoolers get slaughtered with cool efficiency. Jackie Earle Haley’s Krueger is a blast, but the child-molester twist is more depressingly clinical than dream-logic harrowing. The result isn’t spooky so much as somnambulant.—Stephen Garrett

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