Sunday, October 14, 2018

You Are All My Children Now.

The Dream Warriors are stated to be the “Last of the Elm Street Children,” meaning that their parents were part of the group responsible for Freddy Krueger’s death. This seems to imply that Freddy is only capable of haunting the dreams of those specific kids and that everyone else is relatively safe. So what about Jesse (Mark Patton) from Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)? He’s just moved into town, and unless his parents have a secret they aren’t talking about, he seems to have no other connection to Krueger. Part 2 seems to hint that Nancy’s house is haunted by Freddy and that this is how he gets to Jesse. Part 3: Dream Warriors (1987) indicates Freddy has been regularly killing off Elm St. kids for some time now and has racked up a considerable body count. In Part 4: The Dream Master (1988), Alice (Lisa Wilcox) isn’t even an Elm St. kid but her powers give Freddy access to her. Freddy’s Dead (1991) makes Freddy out to be some kind of epidemic that kills off every kid in Springwood and sends the adults into a spiral of madness. In Jason vs. Freddy (2003), the Freddy problem was so significant that parents are putting kids on Hypnocil, an anti-dreaming medication. Most pop-culture killers rely on a wrong place wrong time method for their victims: Go to Crystal Lake, hang out in Haddonfield around Halloween, solve the Lament Configuration, and so on. Freddy, on the other hand, works to get to his victims and in fact, the majority of films are centered around his schemes to get to more people to kill.

"1,2… Freddy’s coming for you..." makes even more sense in retrospect.

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