Classic horror 'A Nightmare On Elm Street' gets updated

Wednesday 28 April 2010 11:57

The 2010 version of the film is a re-imagining of the horror icon Freddy Krueger, a killer who wields a glove with four blades embedded in the fingers and kills people in their dreams, resulting in their death in reality.

This remake of the story is loosely based on the original 1984 version and seven installments, using the same premise of a murderous burn victim.

Freddy Krueger, now played by Jackie Earle Healy not Robert Englund, still has knives for fingers, a fedora hat, striped sweater and burn scars, but the exaggerated large hook nose is gone since we see Healy before the fire.

The original character Nancy Thompson (played by Heather Langenkamp), has been renamed Nancy Holbrook, and is acted by Rooney Mara. Mara will star in The Social Network about the start of Facebook, starring Justin Timberlake.

Katie Cassidy, who plays Kris Fowles, is the daughter of 1970s pop star David Cassidy.

The director and writer of the original film, Wes Craven, created this supernatural killer as a successful horror franchise, spinning off a TV series, comic books, and video games.

Now the filmmaker is music video director Samuel Bayer, who has directed music videos. After a seven year hiatus, the reboot, which is set in a contemporary setting, intends to appeal to a new generation.

The film releases April 30 in North America and Russia, followed by most other countries throughout May, and opens in Singapore, Iceland and Japan in June.

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