Film: A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
He knows where you sleep.
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 overwhelmingly negative reactions from Freddy fans. Enough so that Platinum Dunes decided that they should simply leave the franchise here rather than follow it up with a sequel.
One, two, Freddy's coming for you...three, four, here's the tropes you're looking for...
- 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.
- Answers to the Name of God:
Jesse: Oh, God!
Freddy: No. Just me.
- Blatant Lies: Freddy to a hapless victim:
- Cold-Blooded Torture:
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..."
- Composite Character: Nancy Holbrook appears to be a combination of Nancy Thompson and Alice Johnson.
- Deadpan Snarker: 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.
- Decoy Protagonist: Kris (to those who haven't seen the original, anyway).
- Dull Surprise: Mara's usual reaction to things.
- Everyone Went to School Together: Played straight when you find out all the victims went to the same preschool that Freddy worked at in life.
- 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.
- Forgotten First Meeting: This happened to Nancy.
- Gainax Ending: Freddy appears in the end, despite nobody is asleep. Or are they?
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Jesse suffers this fate quite gruesomely, and is still alive long enough, as Freddy puts it, "to play..."
- Insult Backfire: 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.
- 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.
- Meganekko: Nancy's mother.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Freddy's motivation seems to stem from this, as evidenced by this quote.
Quentin: He's not after us because we lied. He's after us because we told the truth.
- Never Say "Die": Although it's obvious that Freddy molested the kids, they never directly use the word 'molest'.
- Never Trust a Trailer: The trailer had several scenes that were noticeably absent from the film itself.
- 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.
- Precision F-Strike:
- Psychotic Smirk: The remade Freddy pulled this one and a Gendo Pose on the film poster.
- 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.
- Slashed Throat: Dean's death, also happens to Freddy at one point near the end.
- Slasher Smile: Whenever Jackie Earl Haley smiles (no matter innocently) while in full Freddy make-up in the making-of featurettes, it's this.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: The end credits roll over "All I Have to Do Is Dream" by the Everly Brothers.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Combined with an Ironic Echo at the climax.
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.
...nine, ten, never sleep again...