A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street ★★★

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i like josephine's observation a lot, and with willow's evocations of traumatic imagery it seems somewhat prophetic that I would watch both this and raising cain in the same day seeing as both films deal with the specific nature of reality. whereas that film uses it to destabilize notions of identification among audiences with the cinematically problematic personification of white suburban threat to enforce identity, nightmare is intent on presenting the parental abuse of christian encroachment as an idealism of social memory. looking at burgeoning sexuality in a baby-faced nancy (heather langenkamp) to terrorize the irreversible scars of excised symptomatic trauma. trauma that is a symptom, one that goes unexamined beyond the failure of parental intrusion which is itself lacking for self-reflexivity. the provocation of sexual regression via means of familial environments that presents the continuity of the real/dreamscape as its own self-assertive environmental force is itself a powerful disclosure of psycho-social familiarity (even if it often relies on you to build the continuum that links violent socialities of idealist christian memory and dreams with the usually strict placement of images in those personal imaginations). succumbing to anxiety of the self in an unwilling state of depressed reliance on presence (both temporally and of others). mommy and daddy don't care to have time for you outside of their own displaced awareness, an emotional closure i (and the film) lacks sympathy for.

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