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A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

The iconic horror baddie is back! Our childhood was never the same again having seen the original A Nightmare on Elm Street, and introduced to us Freddy Krueger. Personally speaking, I was terrified with the thought of having to go to sleep and the image of Freddy Krueger in my mind. Entirely my fault though, I shouldn’t have watched such films as a child.

Robert Englund will be forever known for his role as the vengeful slasher Freddy Krueger, and Jackie Earle Haley has some big shoes to fill if he is to make his name as the icon baddie, and with sequels in the pipeline, he will certainly get his chance.

Freddy Krueger

The general plot of the movie is that a group of teenagers are being stalked in their sleep by a burnt man, Freddy Krueger (Jackie Earle Haley), with a knife-wielding glove. One slash of the knives in their dream means they become wounded for real.

The group of teenagers share a common history, something their parents have tried to keep secret from them, but one by one they are killed off in their sleep. It’s upto Nancy (Rooney Mara) and Quentin (Kyle Gallner) to get to the bottom of the mystery of Freddy Krueger and their connections with him.

Ok, now for the movie itself. It is average at best, not scary at all, irritating – in the sense I found Freddy’s voice quite irritating, Freddy’s make-up was all wrong as at times he looked like a deformed chipmunk or something. The problem with horror films of today is that a lot of them tend to fall into this Teen Slasher category, and I’m afraid this falls into this category too.

a scene from A Nightmare on Elm Street

The question you have to ask yourself here is, will you be talking about A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) in 25 years time? I think not. Let’s see what the sequels have to say for themselves now.

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