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Had the largest theatrical release of any film in the "Nightmare" series, playing on about 4700 screens.
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Freddy's sweater was knitted by Judy Graham, the same woman who knitted Freddy's sweater in the original A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
Rooney Mara hated being in this movie so much that she almost quit acting.
Freddy says that the human brain will still function well over seven minutes after death. This is actually true, the human brain will function nearly ten minutes after death.
Johnny Depp accompanied his friend Jackie Earle Haley to auditions for A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). Instead of Haley being chosen for a role, it was Depp who was spotted by director Wes Craven, who asked him if he would like to read for a part. Depp got a part in that film, Haley didn't, but Haley would go on to play Freddy in this remake 26 years later.
For his big scene in the opening sequence, Kellan Lutz chose not to sleep for a few days to get himself into character.
Wes Craven was reportedly not approached about this remake. He has however publicly spoken against it.
The Freddy gloves were the most protected props on the set. Previous films had issues with the gloves being stolen. Most notorious was a glove was stolen from one of the films and appeared in Evil Dead II (1987) (see trivia for that film) hanging in a shed.
When Jackie Earle Haley was asked what put him in the right mindset to play Freddy Krueger, he said "sitting in the makeup chair for three hours. After that, you feel like you could kill someone."
Jackie Earle Haley would often improvise his lines on the set, feeling this might help unease his other cast members if they didn't know what line he was going to say.
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.
Originally intended to be a prequel, but the idea was dropped.
Robert Englund gave his personal blessing to Jackie Earle Haley to replace him as Freddy, saying "the torch has been well passed".
At a Comic Con festival, Robert Englund supported Jackie Earle Haley as the new Freddy after he saw his performance of Rorschach in Watchmen (2009).
The School Board President of one of the two high schools the movie was filmed at allowed the movie to be filmed there under the condition no death scenes were being filmed inside of the school.
This was the first "Nightmare" movie that didn't star Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger. Englund has played Freddy in every movie, including Freddy vs. Jason (2003) and the TV series Freddy's Nightmares (1988).
Jackie Earle Haley scratched his corneas with the contact lenses he wore delaying production for a short time. He also had the whites of his eyes turn blood red for two weeks because of this.
Many scenes from the 1984 film where copied almost shot for shot, this was done to pay as much homage and respect to Wes Craven's original film as possible.
Broke the record for midnight openings for a horror film.
After rumors began circulating the movie was going to be PG-13, Producer Bradley Fuller quickly denied the rumors on his blog, stating "Make no mistake. This is an R rated movie".
Around 15 different drafts of the script were written. The final film is a hybrid of 4 of them. Eric Heisserer, who's listed as a co-writer, has stated that there's very little for him to recognize of what he's written in the final film.
Heather Langenkamp, who played Nancy in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) was offered a cameo in this film. She was supposed to appear as a waitress in the film's opening diner scene. She declined the offer.
The "Elm Street" sign is seen twice during the film, but the name Elm Street is never spoken.
When Nancy is looking for information on the other kids in her class, she comes across a classmate who posts video blogs of his experiences with Freddy. This is Aaron Yoo, who played Chewie in Friday the 13th (2009)'s remake.
The make up team wanted to make Freddy look more like an actual burn victim, and the crew had many reference photos of actual victims, which detailed how white the skin would appear after healing. They did not want the audience to "turn away in disgust" whenever Freddy appeared on screen, so they opted to take away some of the realism.
(at around 1h 23 mins) When Nancy is drowning in the blood, the blood breaks through the floor to pour into the bedroom downstairs. This is a tribute to the original's famous bed-death scene where Johnny Depp is slaughtered by Freddy, causing the room to be drenched in his blood.
Jackie Earle Haley said he was apprehensive about taking on the role of a child murderer for "about a minute and a half".
When the prop department was designing the glove, they built dozens of models, some of which had claws on all five fingers.
Jackie Earle Haley had to wear contact lenses as Freddy. One was bloody and the other one was cloudy, the latter making it really difficult for the actor to see properly.
Freddy Krueger and Nancy are the only character names that reflect the original A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). In the remake, however, Nancy's surname has changed from Thompson to Holbrook. Also, in the remake, whether coincidental or intentional, the characters of Kris and Jesse seem to be references of "Kristen Parker" (from A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) or "Tina" (the first victim) and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)) and "Jesse Walsh" (from A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)).
Robert Englund, the actor who portrayed Freddy Krueger in all previous films in the "Nightmare" series, gave a general approval of the remake, as he felt the story could be better told in 2010 with the use of CGI and other special effects that were not available in 1984.
At his audition Kyle Gallner impressed everyone so much that he got the role the same day.
Freddy's voice was digitally altered in post production in an effort to give his voice a "supernatural quality".
The casting of Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy originally started as a rumor. During multiple interviews, Jackie acknowledged the rumors, stating that he would enjoy playing the character. He was eventually cast as Freddy.
Samuel Bayer turned down the offer to direct twice; he previously turned down several other Platinum Dunes films, including The Amityville Horror (2005) and Friday the 13th (2009). He relented after receiving a long email from producer Michael Bay, who said that doing the film would really open up his career opportunities.
Director Samuel Bayer began pursuing Jackie Earle Haley to play Freddy after he viewed the screen test he did for the movie Watchmen (2009), stating "it blew my mind".
Billy Bob Thornton and Steve Buscemi were considered to play Freddy Krueger.
When filming first began, it took the make-up team six hours to apply the Freddy make up to Jackie Earle Haley. After a while the team was able to shorten the process down to approximately three hours.
This is the third horror film remake to star Katie Cassidy. She previously starred in When a Stranger Calls (2006) and Black Christmas (2006).
The film used CGI only when absolutely necessary, such as the detail touches on Freddy's face, practical work was done to stay as faithful to the original film as possible.
The same animators who did the CGI work for Harvey Dent/Two Face in The Dark Knight (2008) were brought in to do the CGI work for Freddys face.
As he had on Friday the 13th (2009), producer Michael Bay insisted that the film be shot in Panavision anamorphic. This is the first film in the "Nightmare" franchise to be shot in the format.
Most of the other kids' names listed on the back of the preschool photo are of the film's crew members: costumers Sukari McGill and Lizzie Cook, researcher Nancy Lumb, set production assistant Carrie Bush, art director Craig Jackson and graphic artist Bret August Tanzer.
The second time Wesley Strick has written a remake of a classic horror film. The first was Cape Fear (1991).
As part of the Freddy makeup, Jackie Earle Haley had half of his face covered in a green appliance so it could be digitally altered in post production via green screen technology.
Ronee Blakley starred in Nashville (1975), which garbed her an Academy Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actress, then starred in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) playing Nancy's mother in the original. Coincidentally, Connie Britton starred in A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) playing Nancy's mother and then went on to star in the TV version of Nashville (2012) for she was then nominated for an Emmy. Also, both Ronee and Connie play the same self destructing country superstar in their versions of Nashville.
Their Freddy design is similar to what Wes Craven originally wanted back in 1984.
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Highest earning horror remake as of June 2010.
In unadjusted dollars, this is the 8th all time highest grossing slasher movie.
The design for Freddy's iconic Fedora hat wasn't finalized until the film was a month into shooting.
Kyle Gallner was first to be cast. Katie Cassidy was the last.
After the financial success of this film, the studio greenlighted production on a sequel, and Jackie Earle Haley had met with the studio to discuss his salary and possible storylines for the script. However, after the film received a universally negative reaction from critics and fans alike, these plans were abandoned.
Jackie Earle Haley and Rooney Mara signed up for multiple films. Jackie Earl Haley's contract was for three total films while Rooney Mara's for two. It is now nearly seven years later, and there is no indication that a sequel is ever going to happen.
(at around 19 mins) Just before Kris falls asleep in class, the teacher tells his students to turn their pages to 84. 1984 is the year the original A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) was released.
The rumor: Jackie Earle Haley auditioned for the first A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) , and his friend Johnny Depp tagged along but was so handsome they asked him to audition, eventually giving him, not Haley, a part in the film. The truth: Jackie Earle Haley told Moviesonline, "It is possible that I auditioned for Nightmare on Elm Street and don't remember. It's also possible that I could have been sitting next to Johnny in the waiting room. That's the only thing I could figure where that started from."
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John Saxon was offered a cameo but was unable to fit it in his schedule.
There was originally an idea that one of the characters would keep a "Nightmare Map". Multiple media outlets were allowed to visit the set during filming, and by complete coincidence several of the scenes they had a front-row seat to and ideas mentioned to them by crew members never made it into the finished film. Luckily, when the movie came out ShockTillYouDrop got a chance to ask Samuel Bayer about one such now-excised portion of the film involving something called the "Nightmare Map": We had something, at one time, one of the characters - every time he went into a dream - he'd come back out and write down where he had been and that would be a clue for the other characters. It's just something that didn't translate. It's this wonderful idea that meant more on paper than it did on the screen. But I'll be selling my Nightmare Maps on Sunset Blvd. for a dollar a piece.
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At 5'6", Jackie Earle Haley was shorter than all of the young adult actors in the film with the exception of Rooney Mara. Various techniques were used to make him appear taller.
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Promotional material for this movie was shipped with under the title "Back Scratch".
Over 200 extras were cast for the scenes involving the high school the kids attend.
Samuel Bayer's feature debut.
Wesley Strick was hired to write the script, largely on the basis of a prequel to Se7en (1995) he had written in 1995 that had never been produced.
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Jackie Earle Haley was initially apprehensive about playing Freddy, as he was intimidated by playing a character that he felt was really owned by another actor (Robert Englund). However, the idea of playing Freddy excited him so much that he decided to accept the role.
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Amanda Crew auditioned for the role of Nancy Holbrook.
Warner Brothers Pictures wanted the movie to be converted to 3D in post production a few weeks before the movies release, but the producers of the film argued the film wasn't shot with 3D cameras and the 3D wouldn't be good enough. After a heated debate, the producers and Warner Brothers came to the agreement the movie wouldn't be converted to 3D.
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When Kris is looking at the obituaries, one of the names visible is David J. Chamerski. David worked in the prop department on the film.
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Though the film is set in the fictional town of Springwood, Ohio, they filmed in Illinois, partially due to a very generous tax credit afforded them by the state. They were able to convince two different area high schools to serve as locations for scenes in the film, but only after assuring the School board that none of the characters would be killed during a big pool scene involving 200 extras played by actual local high school students.
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The Elm Street home was filmed on an actual Elm Street in Barrington, Illiniois
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This is Jackie Earle Haley's second time playing a child molester. He had previously played one in the film Little Children (2006).
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Samuel Bayer directed such classic music videos as Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Blind Melon's "No Rain," and Garbage's "Only Happy When It Rains," and commercials for brands like Chrysler and Nike. Nightmare on Elm Street was his first break into directing a feature-length film, but his leading man had some experience behind the commercial camera too. Jackie Earle Haley started his career as a child actor, most notably in The Bad News Bears (1976), but his awkward teen years hits his career pretty hard. So, he quit acting, moved to Texas, and made his living directing TV commercials.
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Jackie Earle Haley accidentally cut Kyle Gallner's chest with the Freddy glove while filming a scene. Haley didn't realize what he had done until the scene was finished.
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They wanted Jackie Earle Haley to play Freddy because they loved his Watchmen screen test.
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Principal Photography lasted 70 days.
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Connie Britton, who plays Nancy's mother, and Judith Hoag, the attending ER physician, would later play sisters on the ABC drama Nashville (2012).
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The director, Samuel Bayer, turned this film down twice, and only agreed to do it after receiving an impassioned email from producer Michael Bay.
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In the beginning diner sequence, the colors red and green are prominent throughout indicating that Dean is dreaming and is in "Freddy's world".
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Connie Britton, who plays the mother of Rooney Mara, is one-third of a love triangle in Season 1 of American Horror Story (2011). This triangle also includes the role played by Kate Mara, Rooney's sister.
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It is the 8th highest grossing slasher film of all time.
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Jackie Earle Haley was initially apprehensive about taking on the role of Freddy Krueger, but changed his mind very quickly.
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The first film in 21 years to use "A Nightmare on Elm Street" in its title.
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Was moved from its original 16th April release date to 30th April.
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Their main source of inspiration was The Dark Knight (2008).
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Warner Bros. wanted to post-convert it into 3D, and Michael Bay said no.
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According to Jay Bauman from the production company Red Letter Media, when he was hired as a stand-in for Kyle Gallner, he got to see Jackie Earl Haley put on Freddy's sweater for the first time. He said that he also got to chat with Haley about the remake and said that Haley re-watched the first Nightmare in his hotel room and called it, "The worst movie ever." Bauman says this in the commentary track on the Red Letter Media website. He was only there for a day as a stand-in as he didn't like the idea of three weeks of night shoots.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

To provoke a response from the actors in the scene in "Freddy's Cave", the photographs they found were Polaroids of little girls mixed with real Polaroids taken from medical surgeries.
The Blu-Ray contains several deleted scenes you can view in full as well as others which can only be briefly glimpsed in the other special features. The deleted material includes: Alternate opening: A burn patient (Fred Krueger) painfully dies in a hospital. Dean's alternate death: Kris hosts a garden party which ends with Dean falling to his death. Krueger confronting Kris in his candlelit lair. Krueger, as Kris, taunts Nancy as she drowns in the blood-flooded hallway. Alternate final sequence: Quentin encounters Krueger in a dilapidated church. Additional footage of Freddy killing one of the Elm Street parents in a bedroom dream sequence and an alternate ending of Freddy bursting from a sleeping Quentin.
When Kris is killed she is wearing the same number jersey as Glen is wearing when he is killed in the original A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
Body Count: 6. Dean, Kris, Jesse, Marcus, Freddy, and Gwen. While Freddy is seen throughout the movie, he has been dead the entire time.
In the original film, Glen is murdered by Freddy. In the remake, Quentin (who is the same character, just with a different name) survives
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The female character "Kris" was a nod to the first victim of the original series. ("Tina"). They even have the same fate.
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