Every so often, during my late night hunt of the web; I encounter an interesting film theory. Sometimes these theories are an alluring connection from one movie to another. Or possibly painting a larger picture with certain movies. For instance, you may have heard of the Pixar Theory, which states all Pixar movies are in fact intertwined. Another is a relation between Disney’s Pinocchio and Shrek. Supposedly the character Donkey, is in fact the boy Lampwick that went to Pleasure Island and then turned into a donkey!
There are tons of these playful connections and for the most part, they are just that… playful connections. There is no real merit to most of them. At least from what I can tell. But they are fun and can give fans of films an interesting perspective into the films we love. I myself have always wanted to find a connection like this… especially one that had no valid proof. A couple years ago for my Horror Movie Marathon 2017, I made a fun connection between Sloth from The Goonies and Gunther from Tobe Hooper’s The Funhouse. Coming up with an idea that Agatha ‘Mama’ Fratelli and Conrad Straker were both past lovers who had twins and then separated. Miss. Fratelli took Sloth and went on in a life of crime while Mr. Straker took Gunther for a life of Carnival work. You can actually read that below.
But I have to say, I have come up with another connection and this one is so badass that I can’t help but feel a sense of pride on my part. Now, I don’t know if this has been done. I have not researched this connection but as far as I know, I am the only one that has thought of this! Now hear me out, what if the entire plot that happens in 1994’s Wes Cravens New Nightmare is actually connected to 1993’s Last Action Hero?
This post contains spoilers!
So don’t read this if you’re a pussy that hates being spoiled!
Go watch the movie jackass!
The Connection Explained
So in Last Action Hero, a small boy named Danny is transported via ‘magic movie ticket’ into his favorite action hero film called Jack Slater. Danny serves as Slaters sidekick and ends up bringing Slater (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) through the picture into the real world. Along with Slaters enemy named Benedict played by Charles Dance. When Benedict enters the real world, he gains control of the “magic movie ticket” and goes about releasing other villains from other movies. One of the villains is named the Ripper from a past Jack Slater movie. Slater has to battle the Ripper and Benedict in order to save Danny and potentially the rest of the world from the likes of Hollywoods darkest villains. Slater is then brought back to the movie theater and into his own picture.
BUT! In the movie, the character Benedict is seen highlighting other villains from movies. Possibly candidates to join his forces. We see 1992’s Bram Stokers: Dracula and Sleepwalkers! Then later in the film, Benedict is monologuing to Jack Slater and actually says “we’ll have a nightmare with Freddy Krueger.” Meaning, Benedict will use the ticket to bring Krueger into the real world.
So at the end of the movie, Jack goes back to his film and Danny seems happy. But what about that damn ticket? Well guess what, that ticket did the worse thing possible!
In the 1994 film Wes Cravens New Nightmare, the real Heather Langenkamp that played Nancy Thompson from the original A Nightmare on Elm Street, is being haunted by an entity. An entity she believes to be Freddy Kruger. Heather goes through a world of shit as her husband is killed and her son is possessed. But she soon discovers from Wes Craven himself that the entity of Freddy Krueger is an actual entity of evil and by making movies about the character, has kept the entity at bay. So the entity is therefore manifesting itself as Krueger into the real world!
But what if it isn’t an entity at all? It’s just the magic movie ticket bringing Freddy Krueger into the real world? It’s going after Heather Langenkamp because she’s the actual Nancy that Freddy knows! There is no magic entity, it’s actually Fred Krueger living in the real world and manifesting its abilities just like Jack Slater in Last Action Hero. The magic movie ticket is what connects these two movies. Think about it! Maybe the ticket made its way to California and at one point was held in front of a theater playing A Nightmare On Elm Street. So out pops Fred Krueger and he goes on the hunt for Nancy! THUS GIVING US 1994’s Wes Cravens New Nightmare!
YEA BABY! BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE! I blew your damn mind and you should admit it! That is so awesome and something I wanted to share with everyone. Man that is real cool and a good thing that it happened because for this new entry of my Scenes To Be Series. We’re honoring the last of the Elm Street series with the awesome death of Julie!
We all know Wes Cravens New Nightmare is a badass movie that takes a meta approach to the entire Elm Street series. Wes Craven himself was disappointed in what the Elm Street movies had become and the kind of love people had for Freddy Krueger. With the slasher genre doing a crash and burn by the late 80’s and the Elm Street movies being a big source of that burn. Craven set his heart on bringing back this icon for one more masterful experience. A chance to redeem Freddy Krueger and let a new generation see him for what he is meant to be. A nightmarish entity that far expands the hokey stigma he became.
My Experience With This Movie
I actually didn’t see this movie until much later as a kid. But I do remember seeing the poster for the film while my parents took us to the Annapolis Navy Academy. We parked our car and took a train into the naval academy and while waiting, there was a poster for the film in the waiting booth. This wasn’t the actual movie poster, but in my opinion this was a far better poster than the official one.
Even as a kid, I knew what this was. I didn’t have to have the title on the poster. Just seeing the bladed glove, hat and sweater was enough to send shivers down my spine. I knew this movie was going to be awesome and I also knew my parents wouldn’t let me see it. I was still too young for actually seeing rated R movies in the theater. But man, my time would finally come two years later. I was dating this girl and I went to her house to hang out… meaning we were gonna make out. But I saw she had the VHS of this movie and flipped my shit. So instead of making out, we both watched Wes Cravens New Nightmare. I didn’t even bother trying to make out with her. Just kept watching that movie and loving it while she sat next to me. We broke up not too long after.
But this movie is awesome and it does what Craven insisted on doing. Bringing Freddy Krueger back to his original roots. One thing that I love about this scene is that it’s a throwback to the original film when Tina is killed off. We go back to that turning room where Krueger is dragging Tina up the wall while her boyfriend Rod is helplessly watching. Instead we have an innocent babysitter named Julie given the same death while a little kid named Dylan has to watch. The way he rises up behind Julie is menacing and sends shivers down your spine.
It’s awesome because Freddy is wearing this long trench coat and has five blades instead of four. I love how the blades seem more organic. Like the entity being Freddy has molded the idea of a bladed glove into a real organic kind of imagery. Which would explain the actual look of Freddy in this film. He actually seems more embellished and a more built together kind of interpretation than what we all know of Fred Krueger. It’s like the entity is telling Wes Craven and all of us, you see Freddy like this but this is how I see him.
This concludes my Freddy Krueger series for Scenes To Be Seen. I would do a Freddy vs. Jason one but in all respect, Freddy only makes one kill in that movie and it’s a load of CGI bull shit. Also, the 2010 remake is the worse thing to ever exist. So I won’t be doing that. But thanks for reading and following along on the series. I hope you all enjoyed it and could appreciate the scenes that I picked. If this is your first time with the series then make sure to check out the others. Thanks!