I’m sure most of you are familiar with the franchise that is A Nightmare on Elm Street, whether it’s from the original movie series or the newer movie released in 2010, which is the version I’m going to write about. Even if you haven’t seen any of the movies, you have to know who Freddy Krueger is. He’s one of the many frightful faces of Halloween.
In A Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy Krueger (Jackie Earle Haley) haunts people in their dreams. Unlike normal nightmares, whatever happens to you while you’re sleeping also happens to you in real life. Freddy cut off one of your fingers while you were napping? Bye, finger. Slowly, but surely, these nightmares worsen amongst a certain group of students — Quentin (Kyle Gallner), Nancy (Rooney Mara), Kris (Katie Cassidy), Jessie (Thomas Dekker), and Dean (Kellan Lutz). As the group digs deeper to get to the root of these haunting dreams, they begin to remember things from their childhood… things that might explain the terrifying, life-threatening nightmares they’re experiencing.
As a remake, I didn’t expect this movie to be that great. While the acting was OK (to be expected), the fright level was pretty intense. I remember squirming in my bed a number of times. I was on the edge of my seat, waiting for Freddy to pop out with his razor sharp claw ready to slice and dice. Overall, A Nightmare on Elm Street was pretty disturbing and violent, but if you’re into horror movies, you’ll like this.
I give A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) 3/5 stars. It’s definitely a good movie to watch around Halloween and worth watching for its scariness alone. I know it’s a little backwards, but now I have to have a little marathon and watch the original films.
P.S. I love how the movie ended with the credits rolling to “All I Have To Do Is Dream” by The Everly Brothers on such a calm note after so much violence.
One, two, Freddy’s coming for you…