The remake of Wes Craven’s 1984 horror film “A Nightmare on Elm Street” hits theaters today, Friday, April 30, 2010.
After eight movies, a TV series and a comic book, Freddy Krueger is back again. The classic horror film from the 80′s featuring a man who haunts dreams wearing a red and black striped shirt and razor-gloves, has been remade for a new generation to enjoy.
This 2010 remake is directed by pop video director Samuel Bayer and written by Wesley Strick and Eric Heisserer. Jackie Earle Haley plays Freddy Krueger, Kyle Gallner plays Quentin Smith, Rooney Mara plays Nancy Holbrook, Katie Cassidy plays Kris Fowles, Thomas Dekker plays Jesse Braun and Kellan Lutz plays Dean Russell.
Top critics are giving the 2010 remake of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” mediocre ratings overall, averaging a C rating.
Luke Y. Thompson at E! Online gave it a B+. Thompson said, it was “a worthy Freddy follow-up.”
Bill Gibron at Filmcritic.com gave it a B+ rating, stating, “this Nightmare makes the material its own and as a result becomes one of 2010’s most unexpected delights.”
Owen Gleiberman over at “Entertainment Weekly” gave it a B- rating saying, “I liked Haley’s dour malevolence.”
A.O. Scott of the New York Times gives it a C and says “…for the most part the movie traffics in overly familiar scare tactics…” He goes on to say “It’s moderately entertaining and instantly forgettable.”
Michael Phillips at the Chicago Tribune gave it a C rating. He said, it “offers dutifully grinding thrills of a routine sort.”
Michael Rechtshaffen at the “Hollywood Reporter” gave it a D+ and says, “Good luck staying awake.”
Many say it is an ok remake as it sticks very closely to the original script, but if you’re looking to be scared, critics are saying this new version isn’t going to do it.
Check out the trailer.
Several box-office forecasters are predicting that Warner Bros./New Line’s remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street will collect more than $30 million.
“A Nightmare on Elm Street” is rated R (Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian). Bloody violence and swearing.