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Nightmare at the Box Office: Crap Scares Up a Fortune

The remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street scored a humongous $32 million box office take over the weekend, once again proving that critics who hated on it (me included) are irrelevant and that audiences hunger for a disfigured, razor-gloved stalker to haunt their dreams (me also included). I think Warner Bros. missed a bet by not shooting this reboot in 3-D. The very idea of giving Freddy Krueger space to mess with us in three dimensions is irresistible. It also distracts from the lousy writing and directing.

Today's question concerns Freddy K himself. Little Children Oscar nominee Jackie Earle Haley took over the role from Robert Englund, who played the K man in the 1984 Wes Craven original and its umpteen sequels, and in the 1988 TV series Freddy's Nightmares. Do you think it made a difference to have an Oscar nominee like Haley in the role? Or will Englund always be the Freddy of your dreams?


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