This 2010 film serves as both a remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and a reboot of the actual Elm Street franchise; Rooney Mara 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 A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, barring Freddy vs. Jason — but received a lukewarm reception from critics and mixed reactions from Freddy fans.
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Adults Are Useless: Played with. 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.
Adult Fear: 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.
And I Must Scream: 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.
Double Standard: It is made very clear that 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!"
Also justified. Freddy only went after those particular kids because they went to school together.
Eye Scream: Happens twice: 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.
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.
Ironic Echo: 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 bitch!".
Mama Bear / Papa Wolf: Never touch the children of Springwood or you'll end up like Freddy.
Oh Crap: Quentin has one of these when he falls asleep whilst he should be guarding Nancy.
Police Are Useless: 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.
Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Freddy plays this quite straight with Nancy. While 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.
Scream Discretion Shot: Used as 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.
Nancy: Hurts, doesn't it? 'Cause you're in my world now, bitch!
Villainous Breakdown: 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 "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, 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 telling their parents he molested them, he saves Nancy for something worse because — as Nancy's mother admitted — she's his favorite one of all.