'a nightmare on elm street'For some, the very idea of 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' without Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger is sacrilegious. After all, the actor terrified at least two generations of moviegoers as the infamous serial killer in eight 'Nightmare'-related films, from the 1984 Wes Craven original to 'Nightmare'/'Friday the 13th' mash-up 'Freddy vs. Jason' in 2003.

Other folks, however, are ready for a new nightmare and, yes, even a new Freddy. (A third group are just tired of horror movie remakes in general and have no interest whatsoever.)

Well, ready or not, a new, re-imagined 'A Nightmare on Elm Street,' directed by Samuel Bayer -- known mainly for music videos -- hits theaters Friday (courtesy of Michael Bay's company, Platinum Dunes, also responsible for 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' and 'Friday the 13th' remakes). The excellent Jackie Earle Haley ('Little Children,' 'Watchmen'), who's proved quite capable of creeping us out, stars as Freddy, the disfigured, fedora-wearing fiend with the knife-bladed glove who kills teens in their dreams.

It's been 26 years since the original 'Nightmare,' the start of one of the most successful horror franchises in history. Does the newfangled reboot stand up to the classic?

Most critics don't seem to think so. Read what they have to say after the jump.
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