MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 471 this week

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

5.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.2/10 from 61,338 users   Metascore: 35/100
Reviews: 619 user | 337 critic | 25 from Metacritic.com

A re-imagining of the horror icon Freddy Krueger, a serial-killer who wields a glove with four blades embedded in the fingers and kills people in their dreams, resulting in their real death in reality.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 47 titles
created 27 Jan 2011
 
a list of 47 titles
created 29 Apr 2011
 
a list of 27 titles
created 27 Jul 2011
 
a list of 46 titles
created 10 Nov 2011
 
a list of 21 titles
created 27 Dec 2011
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) on IMDb 5.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Nightmare on Elm Street.

User Polls

2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Unborn (2009)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A young woman fights the spirit that is slowly taking possession of her.

Director: David S. Goyer
Stars: Odette Annable, Gary Oldman, Cam Gigandet
Scream 4 (2011)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Ten years have passed, and Sidney Prescott, who has put herself back together thanks in part to her writing, is visited by the Ghostface Killer.

Director: Wes Craven
Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette
Mirrors I (2008)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An ex-cop and his family are the target of an evil force that is using mirrors as a gateway into their home.

Director: Alexandre Aja
Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Paula Patton, Amy Smart
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

In this third installment of the Final Destination series, a student's premonition of a deadly rollercoaster ride saves her life and a lucky few, but not from death itself which seeks out those who escaped their fate.

Director: James Wong
Stars: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ryan Merriman, Kris Lemche
Saw VI (2009)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Agent Strahm is dead and framed while Hoffman continues John's legacy while Jill carries out John's final request.

Director: Kevin Greutert
Stars: Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Mark Rolston
Case 39 (2009)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A social worker fights to save a girl from her abusive parents, only to discover that the situation is more dangerous than she ever expected.

Director: Christian Alvart
Stars: Renée Zellweger, Ian McShane, Jodelle Ferland
Devil (2010)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A group of people are trapped in an elevator and the Devil is mysteriously amongst them.

Director: John Erick Dowdle
Stars: Chris Messina, Caroline Dhavernas, Bokeem Woodbine
Gothika (2003)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Ghost story in which a repressed female psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the very asylum where she worked with no memory of why she is there and what she has done.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz
Stars: Halle Berry, Penélope Cruz, Robert Downey Jr.
Saw II (2005)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Jigsaw locks a few unlucky people in a booby trapped shelter and they must find a way out before they inhale too much of a lethal nerve gas and die. But they must watch out, for the traps Jigsaw has set in the shelter lead to death also.

Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Stars: Donnie Wahlberg, Beverley Mitchell, Franky G
6 Souls (2010)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A female forensic psychiatrist discovers that all of one of her patient's multiple personalities are murder victims. She will have to find out what's happening before her time is finished.

Directors: Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein
Stars: Julianne Moore, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jeffrey DeMunn
The Ring (2002)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it.

Director: Gore Verbinski
Stars: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox
Dead Silence (2007)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A widower returns to his hometown to search for answers to his wife's murder, which may be linked to the ghost of a murdered ventriloquist.

Director: James Wan
Stars: Ryan Kwanten, Amber Valletta, Donnie Wahlberg
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Lia D. Mortensen ...
Nora Fowles (as Lia Mortensen)
...
...
...
Creepy Girl #1
Hailey Schooping Knight ...
Creepy Girl #2
...
Creepy Girl #3
Don Robert Cass ...
Edit

Storyline

Death stalks the dreams of several young adults to claim its revenge on the killing of Freddy Kruger. Chased and chastised by this finger-bladed demon, it is the awakening of old memories and the denials of a past of retribution that spurns this hellish vision of a dreamlike state and turns death into a nightmare reality. Written by Cinema_Fan

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He knows where you sleep. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody horror violence, disturbing images, terror and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 April 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Nightmare on Elm Street 9  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,342,837 (UK) (7 May 2010)

Gross:

$63,059,655 (USA) (9 July 2010)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Kyle Gallner suffered a cut to his abdomen when the glove Jackie Earle Haley had been wearing failed to bend back down, leaving one of the knives still extended. See more »

Goofs

When Quentin answers Nancy's phone call you can clearly see the main screen instead of the blue in-call sequence. Later he presses the phone closer against his face and the application screen appears. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dean Russell: Can I have another? Hey. Can I have some more coffee, please?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Beware! Children at Play (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Jump Rope
from A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Written by Charles Bernstein
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Incredibly disappointing, a slap in the face to true horror fans
30 April 2010 | by (Denver, CO) – See all my reviews

Picture the 1984 horror classic A Nightmare on Elm Street. Now picture that film if it was produced by bombastic Michael Bay, director of Pearl Harbor and the Transformers films. Now picture all of the worst possible outcomes of that marriage.

You don't have to. You could just plunk down your hard-earned cash – better yet, don't – for this lame remake.

Not that I can stop you from seeing it. No number of bad reviews (and this will be just one of many) would have kept me away. Curiosity alone demanded I see the new Elm Street, so when a critic buddy asked if I'd like to tag along to a screening, I did.

I mean, it couldn't be awful, right? It's a darker take on a character that had fallen into parody. Its screenplay was co-written by Wesley Strick, who has worked with Martin Scorsese (1991's Cape Fear). And supernatural killer Freddy Krueger is played by Jackie Earle Haley, an Oscar-nominated actor who was so creepy as Rorschach in Watchmen. How bad could it be?

Really bad, it turns out. Astonishingly, amazingly, how-could-you- possibly-screw-this-up-any-worse bad.

Samuel Bayer, a longtime music video director making his feature-film debut, accomplished his stated goal of draining away all the cheeky fun of the Freddy films. Unfortunately, he also drained away all the scares. What's left is a dreary, poorly-lit slog with uninteresting characters, wooden acting and a complete lack of tension, suspense or energy.

We could spend all day talking about the problems, but two big ones sink this new Nightmare all on their own.

The first is the new Freddy – he's not scary at all. (Robert Englund's original Freddy at least was creepy for a couple of films before falling into camp.) Haley's tiny frame makes Freddy look puny and his voice sounds like an even-more-ridiculous take on the raspy Christian Bale "Batman" voice.

Haley's not helped by the terrible new Freddy makeup, which presumably is supposed to look like a more "realistic" burn victim, but it robs him of any expression. Freddy's not scary; worse, he's not even interesting.

You'd expect the new Nightmare to provide some creative new "kills," but that's the second huge problem. There are only a handful of kills throughout, and the better ones are taken directly from the 1984 original. In fact, fans of the original will note several virtually- identical scenes, all of them done on a higher budget but without a whit of artistry.

Special note has to be made of the acting, which (with a couple of exceptions) is dreadful. I'll blame Bayer, because a few of these folks have been decent in other things, but they're laughable here. (I'm pretty sure Thomas Dekker was attempting to portray Casey Affleck if Casey Affleck had suddenly completely forgotten how to act. And he's one of the better ones.)

Of all the leads, only Kyle Gallner manages to bring some desperately- needed personality and humor to the proceedings. Gallner single-handedly makes the final act interesting, since you'll have wanted every other character dead from the opening minutes.

But he can't overcome Bayer's clueless direction, which telegraphs every shock and dream sequence from a mile away. One of the most effective elements of an Elm Street film is the subtle slide back and forth from the real world to the dream world. Bayer doesn't get this at all. Every dream sequence is clearly defined, completely destroying any suspense.

The film spends two-thirds of its running time having its leads uncover Freddy's "story," which is ridiculous because it's a story everyone already knows. It momentarily plays with a slight twist on the original plot – a second of creativity, emerging like a flower through a crack in the sidewalk – then immediately chucks it.

Don't get me wrong: I love horror films. I don't even ask too much of them. I only ask that they be either A) scary or B) fun. If they can be both, that's awesome.

But with none of A and far too little of B, the new Elm Street barely rises above an F.


389 of 548 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Worst remake I have ever seen. younngl
reboot? favrejoe
No news on a sequel ? IMDBs-Reckoning
I liked the updated twist, but they killed it four minutes hburly-2
Better than original williamaxeadie
Sequel? JimmyCollins
Discuss A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?