You can find inspiration for an idea in the strangest of places. Like an old 80’s horror movie, for example.
I recently was watching A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors on DVD, and I happened upon an interesting film-theory.
What if Freddy Krueger is actually a rogue program in The Matrix?
I was suddenly inspired by this notion after I realized that Laurence Fishburne, who played Morpheus in the Matrix trilogy, also played Max Daniels, the orderly from A Nightmare on Elm Street 3.
At first it wasn’t much of a theory, but it was more of a “Hey wouldn’t it be cool if the Matrix was in the same universe as A Nightmare on Elm Street?”, type of notion.
But, the more that I thought about it, the more the pieces seemed to fall into place.
What if Freddy Krueger is a rogue program? What if Max Daniels was Morpheus’ real name, before he was saved from the Matrix?
Let’s look at the evidence:
Max Daniels is an orderly at Westin Hills hospital. There, he is responsible for looking after young patients suffering from horrific nightmares and attacks from an otherworldly boogeyman.
Morpheus is the leader of a small crew of resistance fighters aboard the ship, the Nebuchadnezzar. From that ship he helps his crew fight reality-bending agents, and rescues others from the dreamworld prison that is “The Matrix”.
Perhaps after witnessing the teens, who he was looking after, be attacked by an unseen boogeyman who could kill people in “the real world”, even though he was supposedly just a dream, it led him to discover that the world he thought was real was just in fact a dream itself.
Freddy Krueger, like Morpheus, Neo, and Agent Smith, is a reality-bender. All of his powers and abilities make sense, if he were a program in the Matrix. He would be able to see and infiltrate the dreams of others, because those dreams would be streams of data that he, as a program, could read and manipulate. It also explains why his nightmares are able to harm his victims in the real, waking, world. Because that “real world” is just itself a dream-like computer program.
He wouldn’t be the only “supernatural monster” to exist in the Matrix either. The Merovingian keeps vampires, werewolves, and ghosts in his employment.
The Oracle explains that these supernatural beings are actually rogue programs, called “Exiles”, and that they are from previous versions of the Matrix.
And, as the Merovingian’s wife, Persephone, had said: “They are notoriously difficult to terminate.”
Perhaps that’s what Freddy Krueger is. Perhaps he’s a boogeyman program from an older version of the Matrix. This would explain his powers, and also why he is so hard to kill.
And if Freddy Krueger is a part of the Matrix universe, then, since Freddy and Jason occupy the same fictional universe, so also would be Jason Voorhees.
The Matrix just became a much more dangerous place.
I hope you enjoyed my film-theory. Please tell me what you think about it.
Stay weird my friends.