A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street
A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • R
  • 1h 36m
  • 2010
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Don't fall asleep! Freddy Krueger returns to everyone's nightmares in this contemporary re-imagining of the Wes Craven horror classic from Michael Bay (Transformers films) and horror-script maestro Wesley Strick (Cape Fear). Watchmen's Jackie Earle Haley plays the razor-fingered iconic killer who haunts the dreams of teenagers and kills them in their sleep. Smallville's Kyle Gallner, Supernatural's Katie Cassidy, Terminator's Thomas Dekker, Twilight's Kellan Lutz and more try to ward off the nocturnal attacks. As long as they stay awake, they can protect one another ... but once they fall asleep, there is no escape. Delving deeper and darker into the nightmare world and tortured past of the killer Krueger, this new incarnation revisits Elm Street and one of New Line's most lucrative franchises.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Visually faithful but lacking the depth and subversive twists that made the original so memorable, the Nightmare on Elm Street remake lives up to its title in the worst possible way.
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Common Sense Says
Teens sliced and slayed in grisly slasher remake.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that A Nightmare on Elm Street -- a "reboot" of the classic 1984 slasher film, and the ninth film about "Freddie Krueger," a serial killer who attacks teens in their dreams -- contains all the expected gore (throat-slashing, burning bodies, car crashes, eye-stabbing) and nightmare imagery (like a girl sinking into a pool of blood), with a slightly darker tone than the original. In this version, Oscar-nominated actor Jackie Earle Haley plays Freddie as a more twisted, tragic figure -- a suggested child molester (though nothing is seen or even overtly discussed) -- who is taking his revenge against the people who destroyed him. The movie contains strong language (including "f--k" and "bitch") and some mild hints of teen sexuality, as well as some references to drugs (for staying awake).

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Thriller, Horror
  • Release Date:April 30, 2010
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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