A Matrix on Elm Street

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.

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Message from a heavy metal lyric.

Heavy metal music may not be for everyone, in fact some of the people I know refer to it as “senseless noise”, but I find it invigorating. The heavy chops and guitar riffs, the head banging rhythm, the screaming vocals, and even the macabre album covers. I love everything about it.

I was recently listening to a favorite song of mine; Holy Wars by Megadeth, and a certain lyric caught my attention.

“A country that’s divided, surely will not stand…”

These words were first sung by lead singer Dave Mustaine on the 1990 album “Rust in Peace”, and as true as I’m sure they rang back then, they seem even more poignant now than ever.

Our society has become more divided than ever. It seems that you can’t share your opinion on any topic, whether it be politics or religion or even your favorite television program, without sparking a bitter and divisive argument.

Longtime friends have stopped speaking to each other because of who they voted for. And if you dare express an unpopular opinion on a Facebook post, you’ll be torn apart in the comments section.

How did we become like this? Isn’t the whole point of living in a melting pot culture to have varied and opposing points of view? It seems that we are so busy being indignant about someone having the audacity to disagree with us, so mired in our own self-indulgent twaddle, that we never stop to try to see where the other guy is coming from.

Perhaps we’ve always been this way, and when we opened the Pandora’s box that is social media, we found the perfect tool to amplify our cynical and abrasive nature, but I certainly hope not.

We can accomplish such amazing things when we work together. We can cure diseases, save endangered species, even travel to the moon.

That’s why I think we need to stop letting the little things divide us. Let’s save our energy to tackle the big issues, and let’s tackle them head on, together.

Why argue about the little stuff? Are you really willing to end a friendship over whether or not your friend leans right or left on a certain issue? Are you really going to comment obscene vulgarities to someone because they don’t think that the new superhero movie is as dumb as you do? Is that really the hill you’re willing to die on?

Why not just relax, respect other people’s rights to have an opposing view, and just rock out to some headbanging-ly awesome heavy metal.

Rock on!

Stay weird my friends.

The saddest Science Fiction moment for me.

Science fiction is a genre that spans a wide variety of topics and subgenres. Whether you’re into hard science fiction, space operas, or steampunk, we can all agree that science fiction has made our lives better.

It gives us hope for the future, and an ever-expanding playground to exercise our imaginations in.

Lots of science fiction can even be seen as a prediction of the future. Think of how Jules Verne wrote about going to the moon in From the Earth to the Moon, or submarines in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

My favorite author, science fiction or otherwise, is Larry Niven. He has written many great books such as Ringworld, The Mote in God’s Eye (my favorite book), and the Legacy of Heorot.

Mr. Niven has always been a staunch supporter of NASA and space exploration. He was an adviser to president Ronald Reagan on the Strategic Defense Initiative antimissile policy, and Star Wars program.

Larry Niven’s hard science fiction, big science concepts, and theoretical physics make his novels read as looks into the not-too-distant future, as apposed to fiction.

Ever since I started reading science fiction novels as a young man, I have always looked up to Mr. Larry Niven as a role model. He’s a dreamer that has always kept one foot grounded in reality.

That’s why, when I heard his interview on the radio program Coast to Coast AM, my heart broke just a little.

He was asked if he thought that humanity would ever colonize space and attempt some of the things he had written about. He said that he used to believe so, but no longer. People just aren’t as excited about going into space as they used to be. And with current policies, and NASA backing off from a lot of projects due to lack of funding, he said that he doubted that humanity would ever leave Earth. And if it did, it would be a very long time from now.

This man is my hero. And to hear him sound so tired and defeated was heartbreaking. He believed in a dream that he would see humanity expand into the stars, only to see that dream slowly start to die in front of him. He started to lose hope. And when the dreamers of our world lose hope, we all lose.

Never stop dreaming.

Stay weird my friends.