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HOW WOULD NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET’S FREDDY KRUEGER FARE IN THE MIND OF THE JOKER?

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Freddy vs. The Joker, this I know is completely hypothetical and there are many variables that would make this an easy battle for Krueger. The fact is, Freddy is already dead and wields a power of demon-like sorts. He could basically just end his victims whenever he sees fit. Let us forget all of that for now and focus on the fact that even though Freddy could just kill his victims, he has a knack for wanting to toy with them in their dreams to induce fear. As we find out later in Freddy movies, fear is the source of his power.

Freddy
Freddy

Freddy Krueger, a serial killer of children, was captured by authorities but released due to a technicality during trial. Krueger was later hunted down by an angry mob led by his victims’ families. He was cornered in a boiler room where he used to take his victims and then the building was then set on fire with Krueger inside. He was burned to death. His body died, but his spirit returned.

Ahhh!
Ahhh!

Krueger returned from the dead with his burned and disfigured look, wielding a glove with razors on his right hand, to kill his victims. Freddy chooses to attack his victims through their dreams, where he has total power and dominion. Most of Krueger’s victims are teenagers who fall asleep and end up becoming part of Freddy’s funhouse of torture. As he toys with them, he produces as much fear as possible, before finally ending the game.

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Game Over

Now we have Christopher Nolan’s Joker. Though we know little about his past in The Dark Knight. We know that he’s a crazy sociopath. (Even though he claims not to be.)

Heath Ledger (Joker)
Heath Ledger (Joker)

Heath Ledger once told The New York Times he viewed his character as a psychopathic, mass murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy. The Joker doesn’t even care about himself. We know little about the origins of the Joker throughout the Dark Knight. He often speaks the line Do you wanna know how I got these scars?” during the film, however the story he gives changes every time, offering very little insight into his past, so no one truly knows his beginnings.

The question we are asking here today is: How would the evil master of dreams fare, if he were to have found himself in the mind of the Joker?

I believe Kruger would be in for a world of surprise if he wandered into the mind of this individual, who admittedly states he is an agent of chaos.

Who would win in the game of wits? Both thrive on the same principles, yet Joker seems to have far too many other issues that would take things up a level for Krueger, giving him some serious troubles in seducing fear from the Joker.

In the end, I believe Krueger would have a real problem making The Joker fear him, even using Batman as a scare tactic. This could possibly frustrate, maybe even weaken Freddy which would give the Joker a chance at dragging him into the real world, where Krueger is a vulnerable as a human.

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OUCH!

“I BELIEVE WHATEVER DOESN’T KILL YOU, SIMPLY MAKES YOU… STRANGER”

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Strange

So tell me, who would win at the most warped dream battle of all-time, The Dark Knight‘s Joker, or Nightmare on Elm Street‘s Freddy Krueger?

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Prey | 20th Century Studios | Hulu

The origin story of the Predator in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago. Naru, a skilled female warrior, fights to protect her tribe against one of the first highly-evolved Predators to land on Earth.

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Action, Drama, Horror

Release Date:

20222 (Hulu)

Director:

Dan Trachtenberg

Cast:

Amber Midthunder, Dane DiLiegro, Stefany Mathias

Plot Summary:

The origin story of the Predator in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago. Naru, a skilled female warrior, fights to protect her tribe against one of the first highly-evolved Predators to land on Earth.

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Choose or Die – A Miss For Netflix

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Netflix’s home page suggestions can always be hit or miss, and unfortunately its latest release ‘Choose or Die’ falls into the category of the latter. Captivated by Asa Butterfield on the poster, I was curious to see what this film had to offer and begrudgingly it didn’t have a lot.

We follow Kayla, a broke student who has a lot to deal with in terms of her family situation and being the sole provider for herself and her mum. She then stumbles upon a retro video game from the 80s which forces her to choose and ultimately leads to various chain reactions of horrific events involving people close to her.

Lola Evans as Kayla and Asa Butterfield as Isaac

The premise of the film sounds interesting, however, I think it swings and misses quite early into the film’s first act. Eddie Marsan sets the tone and trail of interest for Choose or Die as we are introduced to this sadistic game and the chain of events it will inevitably pursue. 

Choose or Die doesn’t make it easy to empathise with its characters, finding any connection to Kayla or Isaac was difficult. This ‘are they aren’t they’ subplot lingers throughout the film’s narrative but adds nothing to the overarching story. The supporting characters, such as Thea and Laura, are much more interesting and genuinely have you intrigued as to what decisions they will make.

What stood out to me was the violent and gore-like scenes of 80s horrors, with some pretty good stomach churning special effects make-up. Those intense scenes, one involving a rat, had me genuinely glued to the screen, anticipating what may happen next. Choose or Die’s strongest component are the early moral decisions Kayla has to make and ultimately demonstrate Meakin’s passion for the horror genre.

Ioanna Kimbook as Grace in Choose or Die, seen here in the diner in one of the more grotesque decisive moments for Kayla

The way in which this film is shot, felt very “student-esque” with its lackluster camera movements and setting. The set design lacked little depth, except for Isaac’s room which is full of detail, therefore making the world feel small and less three dimensional. An element which pulled me out of this cinematic experience, was the fact that this was evidently filmed in the United Kingdom, and the cast contained predominantly a lot of British actors doing an American accent so I wasn’t fully immersed into this world. 

Meakins clearly uses his passion for the horror genre to influence this film’s dark tone, from it’s leading characters’ moral compass as well as the gorey visuals that inevitably come with those decisions. The whole world feels cold and derelict, be it the place in which Kayla cleans or the housing estate of which she lives in, this is an unwelcoming world that no-one wants to comfort you in. 

Choose or Die isn’t a film that will stick out as one that defined 2022, however I’m sure someone will take something away from this film, be it’s reference to 80s gaming or the violent and graphic elements that the director is clearly passionate about. 

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Off Season – To Premiere Exclusively on Shudder

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Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, announced that OFFSEASON will be available exclusively to stream on the platform starting on Friday, June 10, 2022. As a Shudder exclusive, the platform will be the only subscription service that will carry the film in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Upon receiving a mysterious letter that her mother’s gravesite has been vandalized, in OFFSEASON, Marie (Donahue) quickly returns to the isolated offshore island where her late mother is buried. When she arrives, she discovers that the island is closing for the offseason with the bridges raised until Spring, leaving her stranded. One strange interaction with the local townspeople after another, Marie soon realizes that something is not quite right in this small town. She must unveil the mystery behind her mother’s troubled past in order to make it out alive.

Check out the film’s trailer below and read our review HERE as it debuted during SXSW 2021

Written and directed by Mickey Keating (Psychopaths), OFFSEASON stars Jocelin Donahue (Doctor Sleep), Joe Swanberg (The Rental, “Easy”), Richard Brake (3 From HellMandy), Melora Walters (The Pale Door, “Pen15”) and Jeremy Gardner (After MidnightThe Mind’s Eye).

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