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  • A Nightmare on Elm Street is a re-imagining loosely based on the 1984 horror classic A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), retaining the core concept and premise but taking place in its own separate continuity. Due to the term "remake" gaining a certain stigma in the eyes of some film-goers, producers have been reluctant to directly label the film as such. Before being greenlit, plans were considered for a prequel to the original film, as well as a sequel to Freddy vs. Jason (2003), but both projects fell through in favor of the current reboot.

  • Despite the fact that both Friday the 13th (2009) (2009) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) were produced by the same companies and their star characters (Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees) were pitted against each other in Freddy vs. Jason, the remakes of these films have absolutely nothing to do with the same continuity as the previous series. However, a line spoken by Nancy in the script does refer explicitly to Camp Crystal Lake. This line though isn't in the final film.

  • The only characters returning are Freddy Krueger, who is played by Robert Englund, and the 1984 film's famous heroine Nancy Thompson (originally played by Heather Langenkamp), but now renamed to "Nancy Holbrook". The characters of Glen, Tina and Rod are not appearing, although very similar variations called Quentin, Kris and Jesse do appear.

  • The basics of Freddy's appearance are kept the same: a badly burned man in a dark hat and a red and green striped sweater, with a bladed glove on his hand. A brief glimpse of the new Freddy can be seen at the end of the teaser trailer. However, Producer Brad Fuller has explained on Platinum Dunes' official blog that Freddy's appearance in the final film has not been finished, and that "[the filmmakers] are continuing to refine Freddy's look." He went on to explain that Freddy's voice will also be altered for the final film, and that Freddy's face is "98% practical make-up," quelling rumors that Freddy's burns would be primarily digital effects.

    Articles and interviews with cast and crew have explained that the new Freddy's burned visage has been altered from previous versions, with the intent of more accurately recreating the appearance of a real-life burn victim. According to Andrew Clement of Creative Character Engineering: This is more of a healed-burned Freddy, which I didn't understand in the beginning...but when some rewrites started coming down I could see why we were going this way, rather than coming at it from a sort of a logical standpoint and story standpoint....The thing that we did depart from was the nose. I remember hearing interviews with Kevin Yager or one of the other people who have done the makeup. They were saying they wanted to make him a male witch, which is why they went with the big nose at the time. That kind of made sense, but I just didn't really think it - you never really see Robert Englund prior to being burnt. I knew how much we were going to see Jackie, so I couldn't image making Jackie's nose big all of a sudden. Why would we do that? Interviews and behind-the-scenes articles have also made it clear that the cast and crew intend to show us a darker, more serious version of Freddy than seen in previous sequels, bringing Freddy closer to his portrayal in the original Nightmare on Elm Street. The re-imagined Freddy Krueger has far less dialog, and fewer puns and one-liners than heard in the later Nightmare films.

  • Dated materials in the film indicate the film takes place somewhere between 2006 and '08. Though they are all the same age, it is never made clear which year of high school they are in during the film. This was a deliberate choice by the filmmakers who were trying prevent the film from being too dated.

  • A trailer of sorts was screened at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con. However, according to bloody-disgusting.com and Producer Brad Fuller's official blog, Warner Bros. decided not to release the Comic-Con footage online, at least for the time being. Due to tight security at the screening, no bootleg versions of the Comic-Con trailer have appeared online. The first official teaser was finally released online the night of September 27th, 2009 .This teaser is different from the one seen at Comic-Con, although it features some of the same material, and runs approximately two minutes long. The theatrical trailer was released online on February 25th, 2010 and is approximately two and a half minutes long.

  • Robert Englund has stated that he would not return because he felt that he was too old to be doing the very physical work of jumping around and chasing the kids. However, unlike Wes Craven (Creator of the Nightmare mythos, and Director of a couple of the previous films), Englund has been supportive of the remake and of Jackie Earle Haley's casting in the role of Freddy.

  • In the original movie, the mother is pulled though the front door by Freddy. In the 2010 version, Nancy and her mother, Gwen, are standing in their house, next to a big mirror. When Nancy and Gwen are talking, Freddy suddenly appears in the mirror and stabs Gwen through the face with his glove and pulls her through the mirror, while Nancy screams. Both films end with Nancy's mother being pulled through something by Freddy directly before the end credits.

  • Yes, if a person go more than three days without sleep, he/she will begin experiencing micro-naps. The human brain will attempt to recharge/reorder, and will partially shut down while the sleep-deprived person is still awake. However, micro-naps can cause severe brain damage, and the sufferer can also end up in a coma for going too long without sleep.


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  • Yes, there are flashbacks that show the pre-burnt Freddy. In this new film, Freddy is supposed to be a friendly preschool gardener who lives at the school, but secretly he molests the children in the basement of the school. There is also a dream sequence where Freddy shows one of the characters how he was burnt.

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