A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (2010)
A Violent Reimagining
Release Date: April 30, 2010
Starring: Jackie Earle Haley, Kyle
Gallner, Rooney Mara, Katie
Cassidy, Thomas Dekker, and
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 94 minutes
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures/Time
Director: Samuel Bayer
Executive Producer: Richard Brener, Mike Drake,
Walter Hamada, Erik Holmberg,
Michael Lynne, Dave
Neustadter, and Robert Shaye
Producer: Michael Bay, Andrew Form and
Writer: Wesley Strick and Eric
Address Comments To:Jeffrey L. Bewkes, CEO, Time Warner
Barry M. Meyer, Chairman/CEO
Alan Horn, President/COO
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (New Line Cinema)
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Burbank, CA 91522-0001
Phone: (818) 954-6000
The teenagers of Elm Street all share a dark dream of a man who wears a glove with knives for fingers. He is stalking them, trying to kill them in their sleep. They soon discover that each of them is suffering from the same, horrible nightmare, as one by one the teens are being violently killed in their sleep. Fighting sleep deprivation, the remaining friends must discover the truth about this haunting man named Freddy and why he is stalking them.
As they piece together the mystery of Freddy Kreuger, the teens learn that, years ago, he had molested them as children. They also learn the horrifying truth that their parents took justice into their own hands by burning Freddy alive and killing him. Now, Freddy is back to take revenge on all them, and they must stop this vengeful monster before they fall asleep, never to wake again.
Touted as a horror movie, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET should be frightening and nail-biting. However, it is nothing more than a pagan movie centered on gory violence and revenge. It is bloody. It is disgusting. It is repulsive. It is not even scary. The movie relies on cliché horror genre techniques that have become worn and stale, removing any scare-factor from the movie, and turning it into nothing more than 95 minutes of tedious, offensive violence.
The movie contains nothing redeeming whatsoever. Not even the brief Christian prayer at a funeral scene or the teen who wears a necklace with St. Christopher helps to redeem this movie from the mire of its own degradation. The movie also has plenty of foul language – 27 obscenities and five profanities – as well as a storyline involving child molestation.
Sadly, many teens that are not media-wise may flock to the movie this weekend, and that is the greatest horror of all. There is a reference in the movie to the story of the Pied Piper of Hamlin, who leads the children of a village away to their destruction as well as the village’s dismay. Ironically – and tragically – the makers of the movie may be completely unaware to the fact that they too are also leading away the youth of this nation down a path of violence and paganism, much to our nation’s dismay.
Please pray for the youth who will be tragically led down this path by the Pied Pipers of Hollywood. Please pray that these young people may not fall prey to the bloodletting of Freddy Kreuger, but rather, that they would find grace and forgiveness through the blood of Jesus Christ!
This movie is pagan, bloody, disgusting, and repulsive. It is not even scary. It relies on cliché horror genre techniques that are worn and stale, removing any scare-factor from the movie. It is nothing more than 95 minutes of tedious, offensive, gory violence. The movie also has plenty of foul language – 27 obscenities and five profanities – and it touches on the subject of child molestation. The movie contains nothing redeeming whatsoever. Not even the brief Christian prayer at a funeral scene or the teen who wears a necklace with St. Christopher helps redeem this movie from the mire of its own degradation. Sadly, many teens who are not media wise may flock to the movie this weekend. That is the greatest horror of all.