Written by John Edward Betancourt

"it's a boy!"
-Freddy Krueger

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While our children are indeed our future, their path is always uncertain.  Despite the fact that we do our best to raise them as good people who will change the world there comes a point where they will become their own man or woman and their path is their own to walk.  

They will either change the world and make us proud, or they will follow a darker path, causing heartache for those at home.  Perhaps what terrifies all of us the most is the fact that despite our best intentions, we will never truly know how our children will end up.  It is this intriguing idea of parents and kids and how they end up that is central to one of the darkest films in the Elm Street franchise, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child. 

Alice and her friends have moved on from their nightmares.  In fact, after defeating Freddy Krueger and freeing all the souls he has collected, Alice is headed to adulthood...and motherhood.  Her and her boyfriend Danny will soon be parents and as she prepares herself for the impending bundle of joy, something from beyond has found a way to use her child to its advantage. Krueger has returned and he will begin his killing again, by using the dreams of her unborn child.  Now Alice must search for the one thing in this world that may finally contain Freddy...the remains of his mother.

So I made mention that this was one of the darkest films in the franchise and man it is. This movie is the polar opposite of the last two. Gritty, angry and at times, extremely terrifying.  The kills are satisfying but the magic once again comes from Robert Englund. Sure he has his one liners in the movie, but wow, he delivers them with such a sadistic darkness that it is clear that Freddy is out for revenge and adds an ugly side to the character we have never seen before or again. 

Of course the theme of parents and their children takes center stage as well, since Amanda Krueger is working from beyond to stop her son from killing so many while Alice is working hard to keep her son from ending up like the monster that haunts her dreams.  That moment comes full circle near the end in a fascinating way but it's another brainy theme from a franchise that didn't show these chops until parts four and five.  

Sadly, it was not well received and understandably so. This one went back to its horror roots and did it well but audiences wanted the super star Freddy Krueger, not the murderous and bloodthirsty nightmare he truly is.  Either way, revisit this one if you haven't, it's a gem really and one worth watching.

 
 

Written by John Edward Betancourt

"How sweet...fresh meat!"
-Freddy Krueger

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Good versus evil.  It is a theme that has been with us since perhaps the dawn of man.  The belief that there are darker forces that are always working against the just and righteous of the world not only fuels many of our morals and societal constructs but it is often found in our finest stories as well.  

Those stories inspire us since they remind us to push forward and let nothing stop us in life, and they permeate all genres of storyteling...including horror. Though from my personal experiences the common thread for horror films is the biblical sense of good versus evil since it's easier to square off against agents of hell. But there was one horror film where good versus evil was handled in subtle fashion, the biggest film in the Elm Street franchise, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. 

There is peace in Springwood once again. Freddy Krueger has at last been defeated and life has returned to normal.  Except for Kristen Parker. Still haunted by the events at Westin Hills she keeps returning to Freddy's old haunts in her dreams, despite the fact he is never there. But the thoughts of Krueger and the fear that he may return fuel Freddy's resurrection, and it will be up to one of Kristen's friends, Alice to face off against the monster once again, and this time around, Freddy may have met his match at last. 

So how exactly does the good versus evil theme relate to a film about a former child murdered that haunts dreams? Because of the fact that Freddy never quite seems to die in these motion pictures.  No matter how often they kill him, come after him, the fear of Krueger, the threat of what he is and what he does is what keeps him alive.  It makes him an evil immovable force that is always hiding and lurking and for this film, Alice represents the eternal good and innocence of the world that will have to face off against the darkness.  It's a surprisingly cerebral theme to a film that seems so simple.  

I say that, simply because this was the biggest Freddy film of them all. Renny Harlin who would go on to direct Die Hard 2 was the man behind the camera and it gave this motion picture a big budget look and feel that the franchise never replicated.  It also meant top notch special effects that remain incredible to this day but it also meant that in exchange for its slick look and effects, something had to go and that sadly...was the scares.  Yes, The Dream Master is one of the few Elm Street motion pictures that really isn't terrifying at all.  

But, it's still an awesome ride. Freddy is as cool as ever and the movie is an absolute blast. Despite the lack of scares I do give the filmmakers credit for doing something that is super hard to do when it comes to horror and a franchise like this, they made Freddy accessible and while this film was full of enjoyment, the franchise would face darker days after this one.  

 
 

Written by John Edward Betancourt

"Welcome to prime time...bitch!" 
-Freddy Krueger

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Dreams can be incredible fun because there are no limits in the dream world. We have all essentially become our favorite superheroes while we sleep.  We can do anything, we can fly, we can save the day. But it doesn't always go as planned.  

Sometimes we can't control which direction we want to fly toward, or we simply fall from the sky.  Or the heroic act we thought we were performing puts our life at risk as our wonderful dream falls to pieces.  Sometimes they degenerate into utter nightmares but in the end we wake up and realize that we would love the ability to control our dreams.  It is the idea of that control that is central to one of the best Freddy Krueger films around, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. 

Kristen Parker's nightmares are getting worse. A burned man, who seems intent on killing her is relentless in his pursuit.  But to her mother these dreams seem to be nothing more than the signs of a troubled child, and when Kristen awakens with cuts on her wrists she is committed to psychiatric care.  But within the halls of Westin Hills she finds others who have had similar dreams and a new counselor, Nancy Thompson tells them the truth about their nightmares. That the man pursuing them is Freddy Krueger and a special ability that Kristen has to pull others into her dreams may be the weapon they will need to control their nightmares and put an end to the scourge that is Fred Krueger once and for all.  

The first thing you'll notice about this movie, is this is the film where Freddy finally takes center stage as the star of the franchise and that's in many thanks to Robert Englund's amazing reinvention of the character. Not only is Freddy still the menacing monster we came to know in the first two motion pictures, but this time around he is complete with dead pan one liners that not only work laugh wise, but at the same time make him chilling. Somehow by adding humor the character truly seems to care less about anything other than satisfying his blood lust.  

But the reinvention doesn't end there.  The special effects up their game as well since Freddy goes beyond lurking in the shadows, transforming himself into functional killing devices of the dream world.  But while the film adds plenty of fun this time around the scares are still present. There are plenty of creepy moments about in this movie and that's why fans love it so.  

Throw in the return of Heather Langenkamp as Nancy Thompson and John Saxon as her pop and well, you've got an incredible Elm Street motion picture.  This is the one that truly put the franchise on the map and made Robert Englund a household name and it's a film that no matter how many times you watch, you come away with an amazing sense of satisfaction. 

 
 

Written by Shae

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What I love most about Supernatural is its ability to bring things from previous episodes forward in the most astonishing ways. For example, what they did with the Trickster character. This week’s episode was no different as they brought back a character I had honestly thought we’d never see again. Do you guys remember the episode with the college kids? One of them was turned into a werewolf, and his roommate was jealous. Eventually the guy turned his roommate and in turn the roommate turned the guy's girlfriend. Her name was Kate? She was blonde and refused to kill or eat people? Hopefully that made sense. Well, Kate is back this episode. For Sam and Dean’s first hunt together post-demon-Dean, they hit a small town where three murders have taken place.

These murders sound like animal attacks, only the hearts have been eaten from the victims. Sounds like a werewolf. Because it is a werewolf! The Winchesters are shocked to run into Kate. They were sure she’d gone straight and not given into the inner monster. Or has she? She’s certainly not shy about taking credit for the crime. Kate, however, is innocent. The murderess happens to be her little sister. Apparently Kate had turned her younger sibling in order to save her life. The only difference is, her sister isn’t able to control her hunger for human hearts and has no problem killing. Kate is desperate to try and keep her sister out of trouble, at whatever cost. The two stories are a perfect parallel to one another. There is just one huge difference; the classic Winchester double standard. That’s right, just because Sam and Dean break the rules, go dark, and do whatever they want, doesn’t mean anyone else can. Only these two siblings are allowed to have an unhealthy dependence on one another. Only these two are allowed to save the other at any cost, any means, and any price. Nobody else can. Ever.

Hypocritical? Absolutely. Kate manages to escape the Winchesters. She goes to warn her sister, but the boys get to her first. Thinking she’s Kate they go to approach her again. Only to find out that she isn’t, and that Kate would rather die than see her sister hurt. After all, Kate says that her sister is her responsibility alone. If she can’t stop her, she’ll do what she has to. Dean doesn’t believe her, so he lies, telling Kate that they have a cure for werewolves. She agrees to bring them to her sister’s hiding place….Sam is finally realizing how wrong this all is and how hypocritical it all is and he doesn’t seem to keen on lying to either girl. After all, he’d done some messed up things to find Dean when Dean was off being a demon and Crowley’s BFF.

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By the time Kate realizes she’s been lied too, it’s too late. Well, for the boys. See, the little sister was expecting them. She also might have turned a couple of guys. When Kate frees herself and gets inside she’s offered a choice; join her sisters pack, or pay the price. Kate is willing to do anything for her sister…so she says sure…and then stabs her with a silver knife and kills her all while, in the other room, Sam is killing the werewolves that were about to kill him and his brother. By the time the Winchesters get to the room Kate and her sister were in Kate is gone.

The similar story they faced has Sam and Dean doing something they never do, opening up to one another. Sam admits he had done some pretty messed up things in order to find Dean and Dean admits to not being all right. It seems these two might actually work things out, for once. Oh, and Sam’s arm? Turns out it’s a sprained elbow. Why do I bring this up? Because it was bothering me.  I needed to know what had happened to my Moose! And where was Castiel!? What is Crowley doing!? And Why isn’t Gabriel showing his face! I know he’s alive! I refuse to believe otherwise. Sadly, the answers to our questions will have to wait for a couple of weeks.

 
 

Written by Mattie

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Supernatural returns tonight for its fourth episode of this season, Paper Moon. Now last week, Sammy had trapped Dean and had brought him back to their bunker to try to turn him back into a human after he died and transformed into a demon. If you missed last week’s episode, Soul Survivor, here are the highlights.

Sam had already begun the blood ritual of injecting demon Dean with blessed blood. Dean was not pleased with this, naturally and didn’t want to change. He confronted Sam about using Lester, Crowley’s client that Dean ended up killing the previous episode. Turns out that Sam heard about Lester’s troubles and had him summon a demon so that he could capture the demon and torture her till she told him where Dean was. He wasn’t able to get to Lester in time to stop him from making a deal.

Sam was somewhat remorseful about this but he knew he couldn’t stop injecting Dean. He called Castiel who was getting worse, to come help him. Castiel and Hanna were on the way. Sadly though Cas wasn’t doing well and his borrowed grace was diminishing. They stopped by a gas station to fuel up their car and Hannah was attacked by Adina, one of the rogue angels. She wanted Castiel to suffer so she beat the ever living crap out of him and then went to torture Hannah.

That’s when Crowley showed up, stole Adina’s grace saving Hannah and gave the grace to Castiel. Crowley had been having trouble with his followers and wanted Dean to no longer be a demon. So he saved Cas so that Cas could go help his moose. Castiel didn’t want the grace but Crowley forced his hand.

Meanwhile, Sam had left Dean for a while and went to look through his things. When he returned, Dean had escaped his bonds and the demon trap since he was more human due to the blood. It was a horrible game of cat and mouse where Sam seemed to be losing. Dean had even found a hammer and was planning to use it on Sam. After running around in circles, Dean finally found Sam and attacked him. He missed and Sam put his demon knife to his throat. Of course, Sam couldn’t kill Dean and Dean took this as an opportunity. When Dean went to attack him, Castiel was able to put his arms around Dean and hugged him tight so Dean couldn’t’ get away.

Sam and Castiel were able to finish the ritual and Dean was brought back. He looked like hell and was miserable. Castiel understood why Dean didn’t want to be human again since being human brings back so many painful emotions and memories.
Naturally Sam didn’t want to talk about anything when Castiel brought up the fact that Dean still has the Mark of Cain on him. Dean however felt horrible that he tried to kill Sam but yet he was exhausted. Sam had gone out to get his brother as many fast food items as he could and then was coming back to drink heavily. Castiel was still worried but has his own issues still to deal with. 

This was a bitter sweet episode. Dean is back but it was traumatic for everyone involved. Sam is dealing with Dean having turned into a demon and all the hurtful things that happened, but it still takes a toll. Dean has the entire trauma that came with dying and coming back as a demon. Then on top of it all, Castiel can’t keep living this way. Hopefully the bad times are behind them and they can start moving forward. Paper Moon in on tonight on the CW. 

 
 

Written by John Edward Betancourt

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We have looked at many themes when it comes to The Walking Dead, and many an episode has been filled with an underlying meaning to the struggle our characters face week in and week out.  But up until last night, religion pretty much stayed out of the equation.  I understand why, it's hard to not place it into horror without igniting a major debate or offending some. 

So when it came to last night, the show decided to pepper in a hint of religion by looking at one important theme, while applying it to the "real world" if you will because it is an aspect of the many good books out there that we all believe in whether we know it or not...atonement for one's sins.  

Yes, we all want to see people get their just desserts in both negative and positive light. There are people we want to see emerge from the darkness they are going through, and there are those we want to see stumble and fall.  We won't get into whether or not these views are right or wrong, they are simply part of the human adventure and last night, it was on full display. We of course had Father Gabriel admit to his horrific mistake of letting his congregation die outside of his church, but the rest of owning up to one's mistakes didn't end there.

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Gareth oddly enough, not only received his punishment for the crimes he had committed, in the most brutal fashion of course, but he also took a moment to do his best to justify his actions. Not that it made him seem any less insane than he already was, nor did it make anything better for him in the end but it was incredible to see so much "confession" within the four walls and a roof of a church in a hopeless show about the end of the world.

Of course Bob found peace here as well, finding all the good he could before he passed on from his injuries.  But either way, I was quite surprised to see such an interesting mix of dark television set not only in a church, but to see so much underlying religious symbolism that well...worked like a charm.  

It was really was a cleansing of the soul for so many last night. Between Gabriel needing to confess the atrocity he was responsible for, for Gareth attempting to make peace with what he has done, this church has quickly served its purpose well, and I for one applaud the show for going this route.  For handling it in gentle fashion to start with and well for oddly enough allowing for levity in an episode filled with darkness.  

 
 

Written by Daniel and John

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Well after stunning us last week on The Walking Dead I think we were all left wondering exactly how the show would top itself with its incredible brutality. Turns out, they made it easy by bringing this story of Gareth and the Hunters to a head in brutal fashion. So let's waste no more time and get right down to our recap of "Four Walls and a Roof". 

John's Take
The Good: This was a dark and amazing episode through and through.  We finally found out what Gabriel had done to haunt him day in and day out and it turns out it was leaving his congregation outside his church to be devoured by the dead.  But most importantly, Gareth finally got what he deserved. Yes, Rick served up a hot plate of vengeance and whup ass to Gareth and his merry band of cannibals and it was...just so amazing and horrific all at once.  We all wanted this moment, we wanted to see Gareth get what he deserved, but the end result was just so incredibly visceral and raw that immediately after Rick brought the pain, I felt a little dirty, but at least Michonne got her sword back, plus we need to talk about how hardcore Rick has become.  I mean seriously, the crazy look he gets in his eyes now when it's time to get down to business, not to mention how quick he is to drop the hammer.  It's incredible and scary all at once. Not to mention he had the best badass line of the night when Gareth asked why Rick didn't finish him off and Rick replied in the coldest of fashion with "We didn't want to waste the bullets." It was also a sad and unjust farewell to Bob.  This was a character who had come so far, overcome so much, only to find himself bitten and well...served for dinner. However, Bob at least got a classy send off. It was one that made me mist up, but at the very least, Bob found redemption in his heart before the end.  

The Bad: Honestly only one complaint. I had a feeling Daryl would magically show up at the end of the show and I was right. I am glad it didn't turn into a rushed "come on you guys, we gotta save Beth" moment, but even still...it felt tacked onto an otherwise perfect episode.  

The Verdict: I love the direction the show has taken.  It's almost as if Scott Gimple sat in the writer's room and said "if you think we've gone too far, then we haven't gone far enough" to the staff and I thank him for it. They just keep pushing the envelope and they most certainly have my attention.  Another fine episode and it looks like the hunt for Beth will take us back to Atlanta, that should prove interesting...until next week...

Daniel's Take
The Good: Could you really eat a human being? Do they taste like chicken? There isn’t a whole lot of seasoning and sauce for a proper BBQ  to help with the taste or make a decent brisket. Last week I failed to notice Bob’s leg roasting on the open fire in the background which left me even more unnerved as Garrett starts to ramble to the smell of Bob cooking. This was a shocker to me in the comics, when this entire story unfolded I wish there was more of a back story to this group and why they would think it’s all right to eat your fellow man. It moved way quicker in the show but I could not have thought the back story would be this good. Did they do away with them too quickly? Are there more repercussions to come out of this? What we do know and what I loved the best was Bob getting the final word in over the who tastes better conversation with Garrett as we see Bob suffer the fate that was originally Dale's in the comic.  Still just as powerful as we have come to think of Bob as one of the boys and being a valuable member of the team. More lines than T-Dog ever had but after last week’s sappy moments we knew he was done for any way.

The way this conflict ends is just as eye opening as Rick and the group pulls off one of the most risky maneuvers. Leaving a few specific people as bait, I mean it wasn’t hard to figure out what was going to happen or what the play was but it’s always waiting for that curve ball and you don’t want to get comfortable. In the end you see just what Garreth deserves, dude is totally off his nut but what he says to Rick is so weird. That all they wanted to do was help people and taking in the lost ones. Later the moment with Bob brings us back to how Rick saved him by bringing him in back at the prison. The choices that Garreth have made are for sure some of the most disturbing visuals one can dream of. We only had a taste of what happened to this group to send them so far north of their original goal. That is one big step to go from saving and helping to eating and butchering someone like cattle. This is the one of the big decisions for Rick’s team that still comes to haunt them in the comics. How it all plays out in the church is fantastic and unsettling all at once as you see lines crossed and a dark violence take over. Reverend Gabriel reminds Rick that this is a house of the Lord, ironic after we get to hear the rest of the story as to why he is all safe and sound held up in the church.

The Bad: My mouth is going dry from sitting here completely captivated.

The Verdict: It astounds me how good and compelling the last few episodes have been so far and this is only episode three and we are about to find out what happened with Beth. This one was rather straight forward and gives us an end for Terminus, closure that is going to be carried by the group for some time to come. Abraham was great and I really can’t wait to see this part of the story and on the way to D.C. are we going to get another curve?

Quote of the Week: “Nightmares end...but they shouldn’t end who you are." 

 
 

Written by Mattie

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Last Sunday night premiered the second episode of the fifth season of The Walking Dead. This episode is named, Strangers. Here the group had separated and then gotten back together after the mayhem at Terminus. No matter where the group goes, they find trouble. It’s kind of scary though. So many people turned merciless after the apocalypse. It’s almost as though they’re not human anymore. I get that it’s a dog eat dog world however at some point, you would hope that one’s humanity wouldn’t completely fall as apart as they have seen.

Then you have Gabriel the priest who is terrified of walkers and is completely guilt ridden. He probably locked himself away from the ones he loved and didn’t help save them. However, we won’t find this out probably until the next episode.

The sad part is that finally everyone was somewhat happy. They were safe in a church, had their bellies full and all had decided to go to Washington D.C. Except for Carol and Daryl who were chasing down the car that took Beth. Nevertheless, Bob HAD to go outside for air and HAD to get himself captured.

I’m for starters surprised that Gareth and company kept Bob alive. Then again, they’re quite insane and sadistic so I shouldn’t have been surprised. What killed me though is Gareth complimenting Bob on tasting better than they all expected and in eating a piece of Bob’s leg in front of Bob. I mean, WHO DOES THAT?! I’m still like, tweaking out about it. This is The Walking Dead after all, yet I’m still…wow. That’s very sadistic. Poor Bob. I mean, what do you say in a situation like that? “Thanks?”

Instead, poor Bob cried. I felt so bad for him. I wanted to cry for him but I was too much in shock. I’m totally okay with the show taking this turn though but doesn’t mean I can’t still be in shock. I’m just, wow.

It seems that next week’s episode is going to be an intense one as more of the group gets taken and Bob continues to be snacked on. Four Walls and a Roof, premieres tonight on AMC. I’m not going to be prepared for this. 

 
 

Written by Scotty

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Fitting in and being part of a group is something that many of us strive for. We fell safe in our circle of the group, like there is nothing that is able to stop us.  Even with fights in the group, you always know that they are almost as close to you as your family is and for most of the time, they will watch over you as an older sibling.  Having the same beliefs, principles and values is what brings you together, along with striving towards one goal, it is a safe place and for the most part, you should never have to worry about yourself when being in their embrace.

The news crew from VICE is looking for their next big film and the perfect story has just fallen into their lap.  With a member's sister writing to him about the new paradise she has found after running away from her drug infused lifestyle, she has invited him down to visit.  Even though the group feels like they will be shooting a story that takes place in a hippie ranch, they are in need of the story and follow their member down. 

Arriving at Eden Parish, the crew finds is concerning that it is guarded by men with machine guns.  Not knowing who they are dealing with or what they can do when entering the parish, they find that almost everyone around them is so happy to have given up their past life to be a part of their new home.  Being led by Father, everyone has found happiness in their small community and would not want to give it up for anything.  The VICE crew is blown away with the responses they get from the locals, but there is a doubt in the back of their heads that there could be something else happening in the secluded location.

As a party is thrown in their honor, the group heads to bed early and wakes up to find that there is something that they should not see.  As the party is cleaned up, the men with machine guns walk through the community to insure nobody is talking to the outsiders, but a little girl is able to get her message to the men, asking for help.  With so many people wanting to leave the parish and go back home, unrest is brought upon the peaceful community, and the outsiders are the ones to blame.

The Sacrament follows a group of filmmakers as they enter the world of Eden Parish.  Being a group of outsiders that do not believe in the harmony outside of the city, they are treated somewhat rudely as they continue to ask questions about the paradise.  When they start to believe everything they are being told about the community however, they find out that not everyone is staying there on their own free will.  With a little girl asking for help in escaping her confines, the crew finds out that there are many more that would love nothing more than to leave as well.  As the unrest beings, the members from Vice are blamed and punished for their trespass to the utopian camp.  Father will not allow his home to be damaged by the outsiders, much less let anyone of his parishioners be punished for their faith in following him, and the members of VICE get to witness their faith, first hand.

As far as horror movies go, stories that are based on true events can come out as some of the scariest.  Without the blood, guts and scares that I am accustomed to, this movie left me shaking as the truth behind the parish slowly started to come out.  Without knowing how far some people would go to protect their homes and beliefs, this is a great study of the human condition, as everything you have seen in the beginning starts to change in front of your very eyes.  Stay Scared.

 
 

Written by John Edward Betancourt

"You've got the body...I've got the brains!"
-Freddy Krueger

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We all carry with us, a dark side. A place where our mind and soul go when perhaps the world becomes too much or our temper gets the better of us.  It is a place where we find our need for revenge or our desire to lash out and hurt others and for the most part that part of us stays in control.  

We are the ones who keep it in check simply because we know that acting upon such dark and ugly emotions does us no good, often times coming back to haunt us or backfire completely.  Unfortunately, there are some people out there who let it consume them, but for the most part we dwell on those little slices of darkness but for a moment and move on.  

But imagine if you will, that were creatures out there that wanted us to feed off of our fears and the darkest parts of our psyche, to bring these abominations to life.  That they need the blackest parts of our soul to survive.  What would we become if we gave in to their wishes?  It's an intriguing concept that is central to the plot of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge. 


Jesse and his family have just moved to Springwood and Jesse is trying his best to fit in at his new school and in his new town with little luck.  The good news is he pays it no mind because the handful of friends he has is all he needs.  But Jesse's ability to not be seen by other people is about to be taken advantage of. For Jesse's family has moved in to the old Thompson house on Elm Street and in the darkness of night, as Jesse dreams one man is waiting for him, Freddy Krueger, and he has a plan to use Jesse as the vessel to bring him back to life. 

This particular entry in the Elm Street franchise is a hotly debated one as to whether or not that it's good for starters and what exactly it seems to stand for and that debate exists for good reason. This is the only film in the series that seems to not have a true identity.  It is one part horror film, one part teenage coming of age story and one part philosophy on the evil that men carry. There has also been much discussion over the years about an underlying theme of Jesse being gay and Freddy serving as an allegory for that internal battle of discovering his sexuality but it is a theory that I disagree with.  Only because the big scene that supposedly supports that theory, in no way shows Jesse battling issues with a sexual identity. 

No instead the film is truly a look at an outcast.  Jesse is picked on often, disregarded by many and that gives his character a certain rage. Mark Patton, who plays Jesse, does a sublime job of showing not only the traditional teenage angst that we come to expect in these style of films, but also puts on display the frustration he has with the world and how it irks him so.  It's that internal rage that brings Freddy to life as the monster begins to feed on the anger and darkness within. It poses more questions as you watch the film, specifically...what is Jesse really capable of?  Is he as ugly as Freddy and is this someone who will eventually give in to that darker side building within? 

It makes for a fascinating film, one that quite frankly, is smarter than one would expect for an Elm Street movie but the end result is a mixed bag.  With so many underlying themes it lacks on some of the scares, which is what we came to see and quite frankly, I feel the possibility of the "evil" that Jesse carries should have been a bigger focus.  But either way, it's worth a look, you still have some great and gory kills in this one and it's certainly not the worst film in the franchise, just one that seems lost in where it wanted to go.