Rooney Mara Rips Into The Elm Street Remake

Chris Savage

I was a litlle surprised when Samuel Bayer’s remake of Wes Cravens classic, A Nightmare on Elm Street was released. The film had mixed emotions, some actually loved/liked the film while others hated it, like me. It turns out that even one of the stars of the film hated it just as well.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Rooney Mara spoke about her time in the film. (Thanks to Dread Central for the transcript)

You kind of learn to self-sabotage with things you don’t want to get,” she tells EW. “Sometimes you don’t want to get something, but you do a really good job and you get in anyway. That’s kind of [what happened] with A Nightmare on Elm Street-I didn’t even really want it. And then I went in [to audition], and I was like, “Fuck. I definitely got that.”

Mara then went on to express her feelings after the film was released.

“”I didn’t want to act anymore,” Mara continues. “I was like, this isn’t what I signed up for. If this is what my opportunities are going to be like, then I’m not that interested in acting. So I was very discouraged and disheartened. And then I got the Social Network script. That kind of inspired me.

The reason I hated it so much was due to the fact that the death scenes had no imagination, and you’d think with the technology today, you could make some of the most vivid and terrifying dream sequences. Sadly, Bayer and Platinum Dunes dropped the ball somewhere.


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      1. Riley Sailer December 31, 2011 at 10:36 pm

        It’s kind of lame of her to bash her own movie like that though. Even if it was bad, that doesn’t make me, a fan of A Nightmare On Elm Street, feel like she cared at all which reflects poorly on the character of Nancy Thompson. I liked her in that movie. I take it there won’t be any sequels…

      2. stephen baker January 2, 2012 at 7:01 pm

        I for one applaud any actor/actress that will rip into something that was just god awful and was a complete joke instead of painting on a fake smile and try and shovel a film that isn’t even worthy of any praise..  If she had signed her own death warrant when it comes to future opportunites she would have not been given the Dragon Tattoo chance (She is the best thing in the movie overall) 
        I don’t know about most people that are hoping for a follow up to the 2010 Elm Street, but being a long time horror fan I can’t see there being any point to doing one…  Say what you will about all the remakes that have saturated the film release calendar in the last few years, but there have been some really good ones, some somewhat good ones and ones that hurts my head when I see what they’ve done with something that was once a fun series.. 

      3. Ron Nocella January 3, 2012 at 12:55 am

        She sounds like an ungrateful brat to be honest and that has nothing to do with my feelings toward the NOES remake (it wasnt awful but it was not as spectacular as it could/should have been). This is the 2nd time shes gone and ripped a previous role of hers to shreds, the last time being her role on Law and Order. Shes a great actress but she needs to be careful and stop biting the hand that feeds her. Eventually, nobody is going to give her work and she is going to starve.