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Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 1.00.06 PMThis past week, a short horror film titled The Confession of Fred Krueger was posted online for the world to see.  Before you get too excited, this isn’t a Wes Craven creation that was posthumously released.  The Confession of Fred Krueger is a fan-made movie directed by filmmaker Nathan Thomas Milliner (Girl Number Three, Volumes of Blood) and starring Kevin Roach (Three Tears on Bloodstained Flesh, Volumes of Blood) as a still-alive Freddy Krueger.

Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 1.02.20 PMThe Confession of Fred Krueger is a speculative arrest story for the iconic horror villain who, before his M.O. changed to stalking and murdering teenagers in their dreams, was a serial child murderer.  In Confession, Krueger sites an abusive childhood, sadomasochism, and murdering his adoptive father as the events leading up to his career as a serial killer.  The traumatic childhood and the anecdote in which he kills his guardian are canon; these topics are explored in Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare.  However, The Confession of Fred Krueger takes many creative liberties.  In this version, Krueger was a hobo who snapped because he resented the happiness and innocence of children.  In the original story, told in The Final Nightmare, he actually got married and had a daughter, taking up residence in Springwood, Ohio.  Although he tried to lead a normal, sane life, he couldn’t resist his urge to kill, and murdered his wife when she discovered evidence of his double-life.

Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 1.05.06 PMThe Confession of Fred Krueger doesn’t show the gory details of the murders that Krueger committed, although there are some minor bloody moments (probably due to a low budget).  The murders, or at least some of them, are discussed, though.  Almost the entire film takes place in a detectives office, where the lead detective on the case interrogates Krueger.  The interrogation is more of a recorded interview though.  Krueger is handcuffed, but is allowed one cigarette and a match, which he saves for later.  Since Krueger has no intention of denying his crimes, he gleefully goes into details about his childhood, his early adult life, and his descent into child murder.  The detective evidently has a morbid curiosity and keeps pressing Kruger for details.  The film ends with two detectives breaking their professionalism and physically attacking Krueger.  When he is left alone, he sets the tape of his confession on fire.

Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 1.03.27 PMWhile there were some positive aspects to The Confession of Fred Krueger, the film was, overall, poorly executed.  The positives of Confession lie solely in the consistency with the source material.  Krueger is clad in his signature red and green striped sweater and fedora, and his demeanor is irreverent and comical.  The little girls in white dresses, who appear in the original films, were present– or at least one was.

Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 1.04.36 PMThe backstory that Milliner gave Krueger was just accurate enough to be irritating when it wasn’t entirely consistent with the framework that the Nightmare on Elm Street movies constructed.  If you’re already using details from the source material, why stray? The original story of Freddy trying to have a normal life and not being able to suppress his true nature is far more compelling than Milliner’s version.

Roach’s portrayal of Freddy Krueger also left much to be desired.  The Krueger depicted in Confessions of Fred Krueger was overacted and his dialogue was extremely overwritten (although Roach is not responsible for the script), punctuated by bouts of forced, maniacal laughter.  To be fair, Robert Englund, the original Freddy Krueger, set a high bar when it comes to the portrayal of a character that he embodied from 1984 to 2005.  In both Confession and the 2010 reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street, the actors playing Krueger (Kevin Roach and Jackie Earle Haley, respectively) don’t even come close to doing the character justice.

Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 1.05.39 PMMilliner, whose career is making horror themed art and directing horror films, characterized The Confession of Fred Krueger as a passion project.  In an interview with horror-movies.ca, Milliner is quoted saying “The film is my love letter, as most fan films are, to the original Nightmare on Elm Street film written and directed by Wes Craven.”  Milliner went on to say that he, the cast, and the crew “had a blast” making the film, which I suppose should be added to the list of positive things about Confession.  Milliner didn’t seek money or any sort of compensation for the movie; he made it purely for the enjoyment of fans of A Nightmare on Elm Street.  Some fans may find The Confession of Fred Krueger to be just that: fun.  I, however, think that Milliner should have left the series alone and focused on writing scripts with original characters, concepts, and stories.

 

 

'The Confession of Fred Krueger' Has Been Released
'The Confession of Fred Krueger' left much to be desired.
Concept7.5
Script2.5
Acting2.5
Pros
  • Interesting concept
Cons
  • The acting was horrible
  • Krueger's dialogue was overdone and poorly written
  • The story strayed too much from the original movies
4.2Overall Score

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