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(2003), R

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
August 15, 2003
ZERO out of 100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2003), R -- A vehicle of communication cannot earn a lower score...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): New Line Cinema, Avery Pix, WTC Productions
Distribution (US): New Line Cinema
Director(s): Ronny Yu
Producer(s): Stokely Chaffin, Sean S. Cunningham, Douglas Curtis, Robert Shaye, Renee Witt
Written by/Screenplay: Wes Craven, David S. Goyer, Victor Miller, Damian Shannon, Mark Swift

Cinematography/Camera: Fred Murphy Music: Graeme Revell, Corey Taylor
Film Editing: Mark Stevens
Casting: Matthew Barry, Lynne Carrow, Nancy Green-Keyes
Production Design: John Willett
Art Direction: Ross Dempster
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Wow! More of the same. Much More. More gore. More murder. More sex.

This movie is the pits. The Scoring Distribution earned, each with a starting score of 100, was Wanton Violence/Crime - ZERO; Impudence/Hate - ZERO; Sexual Immorality - ZERO; Drugs/Alcohol - ZERO; Offense to God - ZERO; Murder/Suicide - ZERO; Final Score - ZERO. A vehicle of communication cannot earn a lower score by this model.

By police cover-up of his deeds, Freddy Kruger (Robert Englund) has largely been forgotten by the new Elm Street generation of teens who are mostly unaware of Freddy and his murderous nightmare mayhem. Freddy is weakened by the apathy. To regain his reign of terror, Freddy calls on Jason Voorhees (Ken Kirzinger) from Camp Crystal Lake and convinces him to go on another slice and dice campaign but in his own Elm Street neighborhood. That set the stage for Freddy to be remembered and his strength restored. After about 25 murders, Freddy and Jason duel it out and "die" and are resurrected, likely in preparation for another Freddy/Jason conflict ... or Jason/Freddy conflict. Maybe Freddy/Michael/Jason?

Are we actually being desensitized by onscreen gore and lunacy such as this? Bob Smithhauser of Focus on the Family reports: "A casual on-screen reference to Columbine elicited laughter from an enthusiastic crowd in, of all places, Denver, Colo. Now that's scary." The American Medical Association, the American Physiological Association and others agree with Bob and I. So does God [1 Cor. 15;33; Ps. 12:8]. And, needless to say, since the core of performers are teens or at least portray teens, this is a teen movie drawing teens to it like flies to meadow muffins. You do the math. More than half of all moviegoers are non-adults and more than half of all movies are rated R. Regarding "non-adults", Dr. Karen Nelson, Harvard educated child development expert and professor of psychology agrees with me that it would be unusual for even a 16 year old to be able to fully separate fantasy from reality or to be able to fully anticipate the consequences of his/her actions: that such abilities do not plateau until the early 20s. And along comes Freddy and Jason ... together. Multiplicatively. We have become so drugged by the narcotics of vulgar extremes that what once was morally unacceptable has become morally invisible.

If you don't think this R-rated movie is targeted at teens, note a few of the findings in the Findings/Scoring section: 53 uses of the three/for letter word vocabulary, many by teens; teen arrogance at parents, repeatedly, including a girl's boyfriend at her father; a punk taking sexual advantage of a passed out girl; teens taking the law into their own hands; teen girl running away to "escape" father; "We can't trust any of the adults"; teen upper female nudity, repeatedly; teen full female nudity, repeatedly; teen partial nudity; flashes of teen nudity while running in a partially buttoned shirt only; teen intercourse, twice; teen sex offer; teen drinking, frequent, repeatedly; teen drinking party; teen smoking, repeatedly; teens smoking dope, repeatedly; more. Do you still wonder why so many of our youth are so worldly but without wisdom? The actors and actresses may not have chronologically been teens but they were portraying teens, making vulgar heroes of teens. There is a good opportunity to repeat "More than half of all moviegoers are non-adults and more than half of all movies are rated R."

If I were to include all the Scriptural references which condemn behaviors in this film, I would be repeating most of Romans, both Corinthians, indeed much of the New testament plus most of the Old testament. Let the Selected Scriptures of Armour below suffice.

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PS: Only two other movies of the more than 700 analyzed by the CAP Ministry have earned zero scores: American Psycho and Scary Movie.

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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it]. [I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.


    Freddy vs. Jason (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • graphic gore, frequent, repeatedly
  • horror factor, repeatedly
  • flesh being sliced into chunks
  • graphic impalements, repeatedly
  • beheading with blood spurting, repeatedly
  • illegal flight to avoid lawful detention
  • still photos of murder gore and other murder imagery
  • graphic action violence, frequent, repeatedly
  • double amputation with spurting

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 53 uses of the three/for letter word vocabulary, many by teens
  • 32 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • vengeance
  • teen arrogance at parents, repeatedly, including a girl's boyfriend at her father
  • flatulence
  • order to lie
  • a punk taking sexual advantage of a passed out girl
  • teens taking the law into their own hands
  • teen girl running away to "escape" father
  • "We can't trust any of the adults"
  • teen arrogance at police
  • adolescent brutality

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • teen upper female nudity, repeatedly
  • teen full female nudity, repeatedly
  • teen partial nudity
  • flashes of teen nudity while running in a partially buttoned shirt only
  • self-touching
  • teens making out
  • sexual comments by teens
  • teen intercourse, twice
  • teens in bed after intercourse
  • rear male nudity
  • picture nudity
  • teens displaying excessive cleavage
  • teen admitting sexual immorality
  • teen sex offer
  • sexual insult

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking
  • teen drinking, frequent, repeatedly
  • booze, repeatedly
  • forcing to drink
  • teen drinking party
  • teen smoking, repeatedly
  • teens smoking dope, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O)
  • 16 uses of God's name in vain, two with the four letter expletive and 14 without
  • unholy resurrection from the dead
  • moving still photos
  • unholy presence, repeatedly
  • unholy power to cause impalement

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • murder by impalement, decapitation, twisting head, crushing, electrocution, avulsion, slicing in half, slamming, more; at least 25 murders

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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