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A Nightmare On Elm Street April 30, 2010
A Nightmare On Elm Street
Studio: New Line
Rating: R for strong bloody horror violence, disturbing images, terror and language.

Freddy Krueger returns to mess up your naptime in the brand new remake of "A Nightmare On Elm Street."

Jackie Earle Haley takes over the razor-tipped glove from the former star of the series Robert Englund.

This film goes back to the beginning. Freddy is a suspected child molester who dies a violent death at the hands of a vigilante mob of parents.

But he returns, to wreak havoc on their children.

Not content to wait until you finally fall asleep, this verson of the origin story introduces the notion of "micronaps" which means Freddy can pop up any time and any place.

To be honest, this is a pretty average effort to remake one of the better horror movies of the past thirty years.

Haley is very good as Freddy Krueger. He brings a sense of menace to the role that rivals Englund's best moments.

But this Freddy has no plan. The movie is all about cheap thrills while elements like plot, direction, cinematography and good acting by the supporting cast all go by the wayside.

Every one of the victims is disposable. Even Nancy, who battled Freddy so memorably in the original, is an afterthought here.

If you want to see a really scary movie, go rent the 1984 original. This one pales in comparison.

On my rating scale, "A Nightmare On Elm Street" earns a single, and that is mostly for Haley's performance.

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