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(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***
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.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Single Christian Network
|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.|