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->''He knows where you sleep.''

This 2010 film serves as both a remake of ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984'' and a reboot of the actual ''Elm Street'' franchise; RooneyMara stars as Nancy and Jackie Earl Haley plays the nightmare himself, Freddy Krueger. The film generally remains close to the origin of Freddy and the overall events of the original film, though it does make some superficial changes to both.

While the film became a modest box office hit -- it earned more money than any other film in the ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' franchise, barring ''Film/FreddyVsJason'' -- but received a lukewarm reception from critics and mixed reactions from Freddy fans.

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!! One, two, Freddy's coming for you...three, four, here's the tropes you're looking for...

* AdultsAreUseless: Played with. [[spoiler:The parents aren't able to do too much to protect their kids from Freddy in the present, but we see in flashbacks that they were so determined to protect their children from his molesting them that they burned him alive.]]
* AdultFear: The parents of Springwood have two major fears here. Their children were molested by an employee at their preschool and the parents decided to take care of him themselves. Years later, their children are being stalked and murdered by the same man in their dreams.
* AndIMustScream: Freddy intends to trap Nancy in this scenario, by keeping her awake for so long that, when she finally did fall asleep, she wouldn't wake up.
* AnswersToTheNameOfGod:
--> '''Jesse''': Oh, God!
--> '''Freddy''': No. Just me.
* BlatantLies: Freddy to a hapless victim:
-->'''Freddy''': ''*brandishing claws*'' You don't have nothing to worry about. [[YouWontFeelAThing This won't hurt one...little...bit.]]
* ColdBloodedTorture:
--> '''Freddy:''' "Did you know that after the heart stops beating, the brain keeps functioning for well over seven minutes? We got six more minutes to play..."
* CompositeCharacter: Nancy Holbrook appears to be a combination of Nancy Thompson and Alice Johnson.
* DeadpanSnarker: The remake Freddy enters this territory; he is much more physically subdued than the original, but his love for wordplays and puns remain more-or-less-unchanged.
* DecoyProtagonist: Kris (to those who haven't seen the original, anyway).
* DoubleStandard: It is made very clear that [[spoiler:all of the kids were molested by Freddy. "You're gonna pay for what you did to my son!" and other lines. But the film only shows Freddy taunting and flirting with the girls, and at no point did Quentin seem to blink at the realization of "hey, ''I'' was raped too!"]]
* DullSurprise: Mara's usual reaction to things.
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: Played straight when [[spoiler: you find out all the victims went to the same preschool that Freddy worked at in life]].
** Also justified. [[spoiler:Freddy only went after those particular kids ''because'' they went to school together.]]
* EyeScream: Happens twice: [[spoiler:first when Nancy stabs Freddy in the eye with scissors, and again at the end, when Freddy impales Nancy's mother through the head from behind and a blade comes out of her eye.]]
* {{Fanservice}}: One of the main characters spends an entire scene that is pretty pivotal to the plot dressed in a speedo.
* ForgottenFirstMeeting: This happened to Nancy.
* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler:Freddy appears in the end, despite nobody is asleep. Or are they?]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Jesse suffers this fate quite gruesomely, and is still alive long enough, as Freddy puts it, "to play..."
* InsultBackfire: During the final showdown with Freddy:
--> '''Freddy:''' Hello little Nancy. Now that you've got me, what game do you want to play next?
--> '''Nancy:''' Fuck you!
--> '''Freddy:''' Oooh! Sounds like fun! But a little fast for me.
* IronicEcho: Freddy comments that there's nothing Nancy can do to stop him because they're in his world. When she pulls him out of the dream, she chops off his claw-gloved hand, stating "Hurts, doesn't it? Cause, you're in ''my'' world now [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch!"]].
* MamaBear / PapaWolf: ''Never'' touch the children of Springwood or you'll end up like Freddy.
* {{Meganekko}}: Nancy's mother.
* NeverSayDie: Although it's obvious that Freddy molested the kids, they never directly use the word 'molest'.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailer had several scenes that were noticeably absent from the film itself.
* OhCrap: Quentin has one of these [[spoiler:when he falls asleep whilst he should be guarding Nancy.]]
* PoliceAreUseless: Aside from arresting Jesse for the apparent murder of Kris, the police in the film barely do anything at all in looking into the recent string of murders. When the parents kill Freddy in the past, there isn't a rouge policeman even there to show there is an actual presence in the town.
* PrecisionFStrike:
-->'''Freddy:''' ''(to Quentin)'' "[[WhyWontYouDie Why don't you just fucking die?]]"
* PsychoticSmirk: The remade Freddy pulled this one and a GendoPose on the film poster.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Freddy plays this ''quite'' straight with Nancy. While [[spoiler:he abused the children sexually at school,]] he menaces Nancy nonstop with a perverted Yandere attitude that makes his antics in life seem tame. And when Quentin and Nancy develop feelings for each other, Freddy gets pretty jealous.
* ScreamDiscretionShot: Used as [[spoiler:while Jesse's technically flatlined after being killed by Freddy, Freddy informs him in his continuing dream that the brain can survive up to seven minutes after heart failure, and they've still got six minutes to play]]. The scene cuts back to reality, with only his offscreen screams implying what's happening next.
* ShoutOut: [[Film/PulpFiction Waking up an unconscious woman by jabbing an adrenaline-filled needle straight down between her breasts.]] Also, three of the characters are named "Nancy," "Jesse," and "Kris"...the protagonists in the first three original Nightmare movies.
** This time Freddy is a [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E6TreehouseOfHorrorVI groundskeeper]].
* SlashedThroat: Dean's death, also happens to Freddy at one point near the end.
* SlasherSmile: Whenever Jackie Earl Haley smiles (no matter innocently) while in full Freddy make-up in the making-of featurettes, it's this.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The end credits roll over "All I Have to Do Is Dream" by the Everly Brothers.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: Combined with an IronicEcho at the climax.
--> '''Nancy:''' Hurts, doesn't it? 'Cause you're in my world now, bitch!
* VillainousBreakdown: Freddy's not usually prone to losing his cool, but he briefly snaps into an almost childish tantrum. Clearly jealous over Quentin and Nancy's growing affection, he attacks Quentin by banging his head against the boiler room pipes over and over again while furiously screaming [[PunctuatedPounding "You! Can't! Save! Her!"]] He regains his composure after thinking he's gotten the upper hand again, and quickly reverts back to his calm hide-and-seek taunts, [[spoiler: which turns out to be a bad idea - Quentin survives the attack and ''does'' save her]].
* {{Yandere}}: Played straight by Freddy himself towards Nancy. While he intends to kill all the children for [[spoiler:telling their parents he molested them]], he saves Nancy for [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil something worse]] because -- as Nancy's mother admitted -- she's ''his favorite one of all''.

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->...nine, ten, never sleep again...