A Nightmare on Elm Street

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Teens sliced and slayed in grisly slasher remake.

R 2010 95 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 25 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 112 reviews

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age 17+

Not the best

This movie was okay, but I was not impressed by it. The most disappointing scene was the bathtub scene, which was also in the original, and that scene was the one that I was looking forward to the most. The hand rose when Nancy woke up in the tub, but then it skipped the peril in the tub that was included in the original. I think the original had a better storyline too. This remake was all about abuse and how Freddy looked all friendly and sweet on the outside, but he was actually an abusive, scary monster on the inside. The original was all about the difference between dreams and reality, and it is all about the mind and how things that you dream about can seem so real when you are asleep, but sometimes they are a little too real. The slasher just comes from dreams and messes with the mind in the original, but Freddy was an actual person in the remake who died and continued his evil intentions on the people who were against him when he was accused of abuse towards children. Of the two, I definitely like the original better, and this 2010 remake does not have the same magic as the 1984 original, especially since the original is by a horror legend, Wes Craven. Besides skipping the peril from the bathtub scene from the original in the remake, and for many other reasons, not to mention the remake being a lot more depressing, it is not as good, and I would not recommend spending time watching this movie more than once. Once is quite enough.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 17+

Freddie

This Is a SERIOUS review THIS MOVIE IS DEF NOT FOR KIDS it is pretty good but BEWARE! This movie has too much blood a lot of violence my kids actually SCREAMED mommy turn it OFF My Husband had the brilliant Idea

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

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