May 4, 2010 > Movie Review: A Nightmare on Elm Street
Movie Review: A Nightmare on Elm Street
Nancy, Kris, Quentin, Jesse and Dean all live on Elm Street. At night, they all have the same dream - of the same man, wearing a tattered red and green striped sweater, a beaten fedora half-concealing a disfigured face and a gardener's glove with knives for fingers. And they all hear the same frightening voice... One by one, he terrorizes them within the curved walls of their dreams, where the rules are his and the only way out is to wake up.
But when one of their number dies a violent death, they soon realize that what happens in their dreams happens for real, and the only way to stay alive is to stay awake. Turning to each other, the four surviving friends try to uncover how they became part of this dark fairytale, hunted by this dark man. Functioning on little to no sleep, they struggle to understand why them, why now, and what their parents aren't telling them.
Buried in their past is a debt that has just came due, and to save themselves, they will have to plunge into the mind of the most twisted nightmare of all... Freddy Krueger.
An ensemble of young actors play the teenagers now taking on Freddy Krueger, led by Rooney Mara ("Urban Legend: Bloody Mary") as Nancy, Kyle Gallner ("The Haunting in Connecticut") as Quentin, Katie Cassidy ("Taken," TV's "Supernatural" & "Melrose Place") as Kris, Thomas Dekker ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles") as Jesse, and Kellan Lutz ("Twilight," "The Twilight Saga: New Moon") as Dean. The parents of the Elm Street kids are played by Clancy Brown ("Highlander," "The Shawshank Redemption"), Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights"), and Lia D. Mortensen.
Rated: R for strong bloody horror violence, disturbing images, terror and language
Running Time: 95 minutes