Film Review: A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

I recently watched A Nightmare on Elm Street, the 2010 version, with a good friend of mine. She is my designated horror movie buddy, aside from my boyfriend, and we have watched some pretty freaky films together over the years.

The 2010 version of A Nightmare on Elm Street stars Jackie Earle Haley, Kyle Gallner, Rooney Mara, Katie Cassidy, Thomas Dekker and Kellan Lutz. Despite encountering a significant amount of negative commentary from movie critics, the film grossed a total of $115 million with a production budget of $35 million, allowing it to be recognized as the highest-grossing film in the entire Nightmare on Elm Street franchise.

The film is a recreation of the 1984 film, and although I have not seen the original movie, my friend informed me that this 2010 remake is pretty accurate in its depiction of the story. The Nightmare on Elm Street story features Freddy Krueger as its antagonist, a former child molester who was burned alive by the parents of the children he abused. The films illustrate the children he once abused as young adults and their encounters with nightmares in which Krueger has the ability to brutally murder them while they are dreaming, therefore these individuals do everything in their power to refrain from falling asleep.

The acting in the 2010 version of the film was not necessarily profound or anything exceptional, but Jackie Earle Haley’s portrayal of Krueger was definitely solid. I feel as though this movie would have been more enjoyable for me personally if I had seen the original initially, however it still provided a decent scare. The plot is arguably terrifying, and the conclusion of the 2010 film indicates that more of the Krueger character is to come in a rather chilling manner.

Overall, I would recommend watching this film, but only after watching the original 1984 version in order to capture the true just of Freddy Krueger and the nightmares he induces on Elm Street.

 

 

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