A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master ★★★

cw: sexual abuse.

alice fights back against ideological trauma, in all its rhinestone-wearing, karate-fighting, cultural pastiche-indulging glory. it's kind to teens as it pertains to teens, is it any wonder that as the pervasive imaginary freddy (robert englund) emerges in tandem with a group of doctors and parents who urge their children to fall asleep? alluding to the alice of wonderland in a subtle(?) reference to csa? framing the displacement of his abjection as the incest taboo? embodying power over in-groups of reified discursive interactivity? kind of a re-tread of the original with repressed sexuality and christian guilt-based identification swapped out. instead we see expressive cultural reproduction as the liberated actualization of memorial liminality as it relates to the real/dreamscape. like it's the neoliberal différance of traumatic superstructural co-dependence, not the individuated result of that interaction.

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