Wednesday, October 3, 2018

This is God

Perhaps the most iconic thing about the Nightmare on Elm St. series is Freddy Krueger’s choice of weapon, a bladed glove on his right hand. Sometimes it might be dental tools, hypodermic needles, or a Nintendo Powerglove™, but Freddy’s weapon of choice usually seems to emerge from his right hand. The very first thing we see in the entire series of films is Freddy constructing his soon to be legendary weapon.  If the Freddy’s Nightmares television pilot, “No More Mr. Nice Guy” is to be believed, this isn’t the only device that Krueger has constructed to torture and kill his victims.

If we look at the fact that he crafts his own devices to serve as an extension of himself and the way that he creates the vast and often intricate dreamscapes to trap his victims, it’s not too far of a stretch to suggest that at his core, Freddy Krueger is some kind of frustrated artist. There is nothing in any of the films that directly states the living version of Krueger had any kind of penchant for art, but we also know so little about him. The product of the rape of Amanda Krueger, he grew up in a terrible household and soon enough was twisted into a killer. A pact with some dream demons and some fire later and voila a monster is born. What if in the parts we didn’t see, Freddy Krueger tried and failed to express himself through making things?

The razor glove isn’t just a weapon, it’s his paintbrush.

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