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Highest earning horror remake as of June 2010.
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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).
Wes Craven was reportedly not approached about this remake. He has however publicly spoken against it.
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.
Rooney Mara hated being in this movie so much that she almost quit acting.
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."
Broke the record for midnight openings for a horror film.
Jackie Earle Haley said he was apprehensive about taking on the role of a child murderer for "about a minute and a half".
Robert Englund gave his personal blessing to Jackie Earl Haley to replace him as Freddy, saying "the torch has been well passed".
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.
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.
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).
This will be the first "Nightmare" movie that won'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).
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.
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.
Robert Englund, the actor who portrayed Freddy Kruger 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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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) 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)).
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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.
Billy Bob Thornton and Steve Buscemi was considered to play Freddy Krueger.
Around 15 different drafts of the script were written. The final film is a hybrid of 4 of them.
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The "Elm Street" sign is seen twice during the film, but the name Elm Street is never spoken.
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In unadjusted dollars, this is the 8th all time highest grossing slasher movie.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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When the prop department was designing the glove, they built dozens of models, some of which had claws on all five fingers.
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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.
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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.
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Freddy's voice was digitally altered in post production in an effort to give his voice a "supernatural quality".
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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.
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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.
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The design for Freddy's iconic Fedora hat wasn't finalized until the film was a month into shooting.
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At his audition Kyle Gallner impressed everyone so much that he got the role the same day.
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John Saxon was offered a cameo but was unable to fit it in his schedule.
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Promotional material for this movie was shipped with under the title "Back Scratch".
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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".
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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.
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The second time Wesley Strick has written a remake of a classic horror film. The first was Cape Fear (1991).
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Kyle Gallner was first to be cast. Katie Cassidy was the last.
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Amanda Crew auditioned for the role of Nancy Thompson.
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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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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 augured 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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Connie Britton, who plays Nancy's mother, and Judith Hoag, the attending ER physician, would later play sisters on the ABC dram "Nashville."
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Jackie Earle Haley was initially apprehensive about taking on the role of Freddy Kruger, but changed his mind very quickly.
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Over 200 extras were cast for the scenes involving the high school the kids attend.
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Samuel Bayer's feature debut.
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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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Principal Photography lasted 70 days.
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Was moved from its original 16th April release date to 30th April.
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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.
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Body Count: 5. Dean, Kris, Jesse, Freddy, and Gwen. While Freddy is seen throughout the movie, he has been dead the entire time.
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