- Cast: Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara, Kyle Gallner, Thomas Dekker, Kellan Lutz, Katie Cassidy, Clancy Brown, Connie Britton, Lia D. Mortensen, Charles E Tiedje, Judith Hoag, Andrew Fiscella, Anna Hagopian, Patrick Sokley
- Director: Samuel Bayer
- Writers: Wesley Strick, Eric Heisserer, Wes Craven
- Producers: Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Bradley Fuller
- Co Producer: John Rickard
- Executive Producers: Mike Drake, Erik Holmberg, Michael Lynne, Robert Shaye
- Art Direction: Craig Jackson
- Casting: Lisa Fields
- Costume Design: Marian Ceo
- D.O.P.: Jeff Cutter
- Editor: Glen Scantlebury
- Makeup: Karen Lynn Accattato
- Music: Steve Jablonsky
- Production Design: Patrick Lumb
- Set Decoration: Karen Frick
Freddy Krueger returns in A Nightmare on Elm Street, a contemporary re-imagining of the horror classic. A group of surburban teenagers share one common bond: they are all being stalked by Freddy Krueger, a horribly disfigured killer who hunts them in their dreams. As long as they stay awake, they can protect one another…but when they sleep. there is no escape.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Illinois, USA
- MPAA Warning: Strong bloody horror violence, disturbing images, terror and language
- Production Budget: $27 million
- Production Companies: New Line Cinema, Platinum Dunes
- Production Schedule: 5 May 2009 - 10 July 2009
Originally planned as a prequel, the idea was dropped in favour of a reboot.
The first "Nightmare" movie that won't star Robert Englund as Freddy Kruegger. Billy Bob Thornton was considered to play Freddy before Jackie Earle Haley won the role.
2010 Guide Analysis: "Leatherface, Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers have all had their due, now comes the inevitable update of arguably the biggest of the 80's horror titans - Freddy Krueger. As per usual, Platinum Dunes brought in a music video director, a grittier visual aesthetic and a bunch of good looking young actors with recent small screen experience to pad out the victims list.
Unlike his masked and mute counterparts who could frankly be played by anyone of decent height and build, Krueger has always been inexorably tied to actor Robert Englund. From the chilling heights of the first, third and seventh film to the embarrassing lows of the second, fifth and sixth film (not to mention the cable series spin-off), Englund was the rock which the franchise built on. Thus the big question here is how will Jackie Earle Haley go as a replacement.
During production there was talk of the less than stellar script, in-fighting between the director and the producers over various issues, and Haley himself being unhappy. Troubled sets however don't mean a lot in the final analysis, and the early trailer looked impressive. The more realistic burn victim style makeup, replacing Freddy's bolognese face for something more akin to a four cheese sauce, is still too hidden for the moment and so remains a big question mark as to its effectiveness in motion.
An early test screening review for the film cited it as a typically thin but flashy effort in line with Dunes' other remakes, a few jump scares but nothing like the atmosphere or depth of the original. However it did credit Haley as nailing the character, and does suggest that the storyline sticks close to the original even if it avoids some of Craven's more famous moments (such as Johnny Depp's famously bloody demise)."