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Talking Back On Elm Street: The Curious Case Of Liberation Through Freddy Krueger

As an 80's baby, the decade's teen culture has had an intellectual grasp on me for quite sometime. In regards to horror films, the biggest cash grab during this period, the slasher film, helped teenagers come to terms with their visceral and latent anxieties. I’ve read some amazing positions on the sub-genre, but I don’t think I’ve ever come across a position as radical as Freddy Krueger as a protective figure.
L.J. DeGraffenreid's “What Can You Do in Your Dreams? Slasher Cinema as Youth Empowerment,” opens by stating that the A Nightmare On Elm Street films are about more than a psychotic killer murdering teenagers and Final Girls. Creator and director Wes Craven composed his original film to speak on “the generally troubled relationship between parents and their rebellious offspring” (954). For those of us who know the films or at least has seen two of them can recall adult authority figures as dismissive, commanding, and even abusive.

Black Women Horror Filmmakers: Stephanie Jeter

There isn't a figurative wall Stephanie Jeter visions her work blocked by. All parts fantasy, comedy, drama, sci-fi, thriller, horror, and beyond, this Chicago creative never misses an opportunity to balance her time leading production for Open TV, working behind the scenes on Showtime's Shameless, binging The Leftovers, and writing/directing eerie and reflective cinema.

The atmosphere for Jeter's directorial debut, Searching For Isabelle began as a string of thoughts on the lack of coverage on the alarming number of women of color who go missing. By using the very media that underserves this fact, Jeter created factual fiction by shifting the narrative to an autonomous protagonist who has a direct, special ability to flash focus on this issue. With all of her research, including spending time with two Chicago PD detectives who work on missing persons cases in minority communities, Searching For Isabelle ends up being a frightening and holistic snapshot of a real deal.