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Here Freddy, dressed as a old school ticket salesman, hands over a ticket. The ticket itself seems like some sort of pop tarot card with a naked man fleeing. Still, can you say handing over when is actually using his trademark gardening “scisscor hands“?  Obviously, I think Rachael was pointing something out here:

“Where does that all leave cinema? First, we must acknowledge that a film is a photograph of a drama, and that skillful use of the camera can never excuse the paltriness, sentimentality or weakness of the action”. For you, Atli.

Furthermore, “we most must remember the distinction between fantasy and imagination, and the inherent tendency of the camera to realise what is shows – to present not a world of the imagination, but to substitute reality. This is never more obvious than in the case of sex and violence, and is the root cause of the the fact that these now dominate the cine screen”. Playfully, Freddy offers the viewer a ticket. You are paying for gratuitous violence; even the ticket booth is bloodstained. This is real life: videogames and dreams are part of that reality in this film.

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Do you know the terror of he who falls asleep?
To the very toes he is terrified.
Because the ground gives way under him,
And the dream begins.

Do you know the terror of he who falls asleep?
To the very toes he is terrified.
Because the ground gives way under him,
And the dream begins.

Even as a young person, this film had no merit. The defining moment, nadir, of the series was of course this scene:

Here Freddy obtains a rusty version of the Powerglove after being beat down in game of “Kill you in your dreams: the awakening of bedwetting”. As a kid this was like the coolest toy ever. Why? Because it combined Nintendo, Captain N: The Gamemaster and looking like a badass all in one. Unfortunately, when I finally did get a powerglove, for like 20$ on the Keflavík Naval-Airbase, it turned out to be a crappy videogame controller. Firstly, some games would just go haywire. Case in point: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zanac

While playing this game the powerglove just took on a life of its own while I watched it turboshoot ships in  innocent adoration, because this game was disgustingly fucking difficult – therefore I decided to give it a go while I am sick, alone and moody. Maybe I will bear witness to  this quote: “at least as close as you can get to a Zen moment while playing a shooting game on the NES”.

However, back to the film. I decided to watch it again. Apparently, being that young, I did not connect the dots. Of course, the Wizard of OZ allusion is easy, but what about the Mussorgsky allusion? What does that mean? Of course, I admit not getting the Wizard allusion: to my defense I did not know about this film which features the so-called Powerglove.

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