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Rated R · 95 minutes · 2010

Using blasts of shrill, high-decibel noise in place of actual scares has become a common horror-movie tactic, the cinematic equivalent of botox, silicone, and penile-enhancement surgery. Producer Michael Bay (Transformers) and director Samuel Bayer (making his big-screen debut after a career in music video) deploy the tactic so regularly in this remake of Wes Craven's 1984 classic that after a while I just plugged my ears. Jackie Earle Haley takes over for Robert Englund as dream demon Freddy Krueger, though in a cheap echo of Haley's comeback role in Little Children, the backstory has been changed to make Freddy a child molester. Next up: Freddy vs. Benedict XVI.
Official Site: www.nightmareonelmstreet.com
Director: Samuel Bayer
Producer: Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Bob Shaye, Michael Lynne, Mike Drake, Richard Brener, Walter Hamada and Dave Neustadter
Cast: Jackie Haley, Rooney Mara, Kyle Gallner, Katie Cassidy, Thomas Dekker, Kellan Lutz, Clancy Brown, Connie Britton and Lia Mortenson

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