A Nightmare on Elm Street

In the new A Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy Krueger is no longer the Groucho Marx of slasher killers that he had become over the years. Gone are the one-liners before and after goofy killings. There’s an awful casting choice here, but it’s not Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy; he proves to be a decent-enough replacement for Robert Englund, who was essentially fired from the series. It’s the casting of Nancy (the role played by Heather Langenkamp in Wes Craven’s original) that ultimately kills the movie. Rooney Mara lacks anything even resembling charisma as Nancy, which was a pivotal role in Craven’s film. On the plus side, Samuel Bayer directs the nightmare scenes competently. Especially good are the sequences involving Kris (Katie Cassidy), one of Freddy’s first victims.



  • Samuel Bayer


  • Jackie Haley
  • Rooney Mara
  • Kyle Gallner
  • Katie Cassidy
  • Thomas Dekker
  • Kellan Lutz
  • Clancy Brown
  • Connie Britton
  • Lia Mortenson


  • Michael Bay
  • Andrew Form
  • Brad Fuller
  • Bob Shaye
  • Michael Lynne
  • Mike Drake
  • Richard Brener
  • Walter Hamada
  • Dave Neustadter

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