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31 Nightmares

31 Nightmares

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Help Yourself, Fucker!


In Nightmare on Elm St. 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985) Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) wants to possess Jesse Walsh (Mark Patton) in order to make Jesse kill for him.

Why?

Being a murderer who can appear in the dreams of his victims seems to offer a lot more advantages than tromping around Springwood in an Xmas sweater. Freddy vs, Jason (2003) retroactively might provide the answer (it may also answer why the heck Freddy would want to make an evil baby in Nightmare on Elm St. 5: The Dream Child (1989)). In Freddy vs. Jason, Freddy is fueled by fear, but he’s suppressed and forgotten by both time and the parents of Springfield doping up most of their kids with a drug to keep them from dreaming. He’s too weak to kill so he has to drum up some business by bringing Jason into town and making everyone scared again. In Nightmare on Elm St. 2, it’s stated to be five years since the original film, it’s conceivable Freddy is facing the same problem. Everyone involved with his earlier killing spree has either moved on or is dead, so he needs to get everyone fearing again.

It must work even better than he expected because, by the climax of the second film, it feels like the dream world has really started to bleed into the waking world. Freddy/Jesse can start fires, teleport through walls, explode hotdogs with his mind, summon human faced guard dogs, and still have enough power after it is all over to start menacing the kids of Nightmare on Elm St. part 3: Dream Warriors (1985).

...and there is some Nightmare on Elm St. continuity you never knew you needed.

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