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A Nightmare on Elm Street

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Five teenage friends living on one street all dream of a sinister man with a disfigured face, a frightening voice and a gardener's glove with knives for fingers. One by one, he terrorizes them within their dreams--where the rules are his and the only way out is to wake up. But when one among them dies, they soon realize that what happens in their dreams happens for real and the only way to stay alive is to stay awake. Buried in their past is a debt that has just come due. To save themselves, they must plunge into the mind of the most twisted nightmare of all: Freddy Krueger. Jackie Earle Haley plays the legendary evildoer in this contemporary reimagining of the seminal horror classic.

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Michael Bay (Transformers, Pearl Harbor) produced this remake of Wes Craven's 1985 horror classic A Nightmare on Elm Street, which means updated shocks, computer-driven special effects, and a brand-new Freddy Krueger, this time played by Oscar nominee Jackie Earle Haley. Unfortunately, it also means a mechanical, largely scare-free carbon of the original film--the same fate suffered by Bay's remakes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th. Director Samuel Bayer, best known for helming videos for Nirvana and Green Day, does well by the film's visuals, which hew toward stylized doominess, but the film itself limps from set piece to set piece, with the ones borrowed directly from Craven's original scoring the most impact. What's left are a group of dull teens on the run from Haley's Freddy, who proves unsettling, if not the dynamo that Robert Englund was in the previous franchise entries. Speaking of which, the picture ends on a note that suggests a follow-up is imminent, though some more inspiration is clearly needed if Bay's Nightmare intends to have the longevity of the first series. --Paul Gaita

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Freddy Krueger Reborn: Dare to witness how this stylish reinvention of a classic pays homage to the original and also gives fans a wicked new scare

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  • Actors: Jackie Earle Haley, Kyle Gallner, Rooney Mara, Katie Cassidy, Thomas Dekker
  • Directors: Samuel Bayer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Cinema
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2010
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (420 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZG971U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,798 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Nightmare on Elm Street" on IMDb

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OK, so let me start off here by letting you guys know that I grew up watching the original series in the 80's and have been a fan ever since. There's not one single Freddy movie I dislike, not even the cheesy ones, because I think they all brought something new and interesting to the table. Now with that said, what did I think about the remake? Well before going to see this movie, I had absolutely zero expectations knowing that Englund wasn't going to be in it and knowing that the back story of Freddy had changed. When I got out of the theater and the movie was over, I found it entertaining, but not close to being as good as the originals. I liked Jackie Earle Haley's portrayal of Freddy and I think he did a good job as the new Freddy and I hope they continue using him if they make a sequel.
Now What I didn't like was that the movie felt very rushed, none of the characters really made an impression on me before they got killed and I don't even remember any of their names except for Nancy's and the girl who played her wasn't even close to being as believable as Heather Langencamp from the original. One more thing that I didn't like was the change of Freddy's back story. In this movie Freddy use to be a pedophile and after the parents found out they gathered together and chased him down and burned him alive, which makes little sense...
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I had so many hopes for this; I was among the first in line on opening day to see it in the theaters. And immediately afterward, I tried to convince myself that it was great. But there were some things about it (and it applies to a lot of other horror remakes) that gnawed at me and, after a while, I accepted that it wasn't anywhere as close to good as the original. It wasn't because of Jackie Earle Haley's performance as he gave a very interesting interpretation to the character Freddy. Here's why it fell apart:

It tried to be so different from the original that it even excluded all the charm that made the original so popular. In 1984, Nightmare was displayed, at least in part, as an imaginative fantasy with a daydream feel. The remake instead opts to displaying it as a damned established mythology right from the very start. The mythology is the main character. Freddy takes back seat to it. Telling "The Story" is the main point to the remake and thus they make it boring. In the original, the story is incidental and is only revealed in enough an extent as to keep you held to the screen until the next kill/confrontation scene. This is also why the Halloween remakes sucked.

The original movies weren't held back by the pretentiousness of having to Tell It As A Story.

I know you Hollywood guys see remakes as the new big thing and there's no way to talk you out of it. But just remake the damn movies and leave the self-important mythologies at home.

In the original, Nancy pieces it together that the injuries Freddy inflicts on her in her dreams carries over to real life. So we see an actual linear, logical deduction take place during the course of the film. In this recent version, there is no gradual realization of the horrific circumstances.
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I have to give the people behind "A Nightmare on Elm Street" credit for avoiding two mistakes that easily could have been made. Firstly, they did not try to make it a parody, which is more than I can say for last year's very disappointing remake of "Friday the 13th." Second, they remembered that Freddy Krueger is meant to be frightening; he's not meant to be a pizza-faced comedian with a repertoire of really bad puns and cheesy sight gags. After many, many years, he's once again a figure of fear, and just like in Wes Craven's original 1984 film, it's for reasons other than his melted skin, his demonically deep voice, his dirty stripped sweater and fedora, and his distinctive clawed right hand. 2010's "Nightmare" gets not only the antagonist right, but also the consistently creepy atmosphere, a blend of eerie shadows, dirty rooms, and muted colors.

The weakness is in its story, which is both routine and subject to severe lapses in logic, especially as it nears the end. The characters are also problematic; they may not be like the promiscuous youths of the average teen slasher film (and for that, I'm grateful), but they are awfully bland, having been given little in the way of personality and depth. Granted, I too would be sapped of energy if I spent all my time trying to stay awake. After the apparent suicide of a high school student in a diner, classmates Kris Fowles (Katie Cassidy), Jesse Braun (Thomas Dekker), Quentin Smith (Kyle Gallner), and Nancy Holbrook (Rooney Mara) all begin having nightmares. Strange that they all dream of the same thing: A burnt man wearing a clawed glove on his right hand.

No more of the plot need be described. We all know about Freddy Krueger, both as a dream demon and as the man he was in the waking world.
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If I buy this used, do I get a digital copy for my itunes or am i gonna...
When buying used, digital copy is a complete unknown. You are allowed authorization on 3 machines, if I recall correctly. The original owner may have used up the allowed copies. I've even had a NEW retail copy of a movie fail, so even if it's new, there's no guarantee that digital copy will work.... Read More
Oct 10, 2010 by BBP |  See all 2 posts
Release date October 5th, 2010...
thanks for the news
but october....it's gonna take too long!
Aug 2, 2010 by Italo Gianti Osorio |  See all 3 posts
New Horror/Sci Fi movies,whats the deal.
It wasn't meant to be a pure remake of the original. This version is much darker, missing much of the tongue-in-cheek humor from the first movie. Movie studios would not finance the first Nightmare movie without the humor, to take the edge off Freddy and make him more palatable to audiences. ... Read More
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