* CompleteMonster: In life, Freddy Krueger was a child molester working as a gardener at a preschool. In death, he returned to kill all those who attended the preschool. He punctures one of his victims through the heart, then taunts him on the fact that his brain will keep going seven minutes after his heart stops beating. He keeps Nancy alive solely so she can remember him molesting her -- before he tries to rape and kill her.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Creator/JohnnyDepp tagged along to auditions for [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984 the original film]] with a friend. Wes Craven asked Depp to read as well, and Depp was cast other than the friend he was supporting. But fret not about the friend. 26 years later, Jackie Earle Haley would go on to play Freddy.
** There's an interesting parallel between Marcus Yeon's final vidlog and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toXMt1rzdrA this viral clip]].
** The credits theme, "All I Have To Do Is Dream", was one of the covered songs on ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6o73S_GelA Freddy's Greatest Hits]]'' novelty album.
* OlderThanTheyThink: A lot of reviewers and people who watched the movie praised the introduction of micro-naps to the series as a clever invention. They were actually introduced in ''Film/FreddyVsJason'', in which Lori's father briefly morphs into Freddy in broad daylight when she's sleep-deprived.
** Arguably present in the original, which would explain the more confusing moments of the film, such as the end where Nancy walks through the door of her mother's bedroom and ends up outside, while seemingly awake.
* ParvumOpus: Often cited by horror fans as not only the rock bottom point of the ''Nightmare on Elm Street'' franchise and the worst film Platinum Dunes has ever produced, but ''one of the worst remakes of all time.'' OUCH!
* TheScrappy: Nancy Holbrook, often cited as one of the worst final girls of all time. Doubles as ReplacementScrappy, since Nancy Thompson in the original movie was loved by fans for being proactive in standing up to Freddy, a trait which her successors carried into the sequels. New Nancy, in contrast, is a reactive character. Creator/RooneyMara's later comments about [[CreatorBacklash the lack of enthusiasm she had for the role]] didn't help either.
* SoOkayItsAverage: Critics approved of Jackie Earle Haley's performance as Freddy and the research put into the science of sleep, while also giving Katie Cassidy props for her performance as Kris; some reviewers even wished the film had made her the FinalGirl rather than the {{decoy|Protagonist}}. However, they regarded the rest of the film as another failed attempt to recapture past glories.
* {{Squick}}: Damn near everything to do with Freddy qualifies for this trope. Even before he was burned, his interactions with the children are unbelievably uncomfortable to watch, especially if you actually allow yourself to picture him hurting the kids.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot / [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter Character]]: The film brings up the possibility of Freddy being innocent of the child molesting, but that's soon thrown right out.
* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: Creator/JackieEarleHaley as Freddy. Even those who felt that he was no replacement for Creator/RobertEnglund still said that he was the best character in the film for having actually tried to make his character scary.
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