A Nightmare on Elm Street part 2 – Freddy’s Revenge 

Dir: Jack Sholder, 1985

8/10 

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Misunderstood worthwhile entry into the franchise or misguided attempt at a sequel?

Jesse (Mark Patton), is a troubled youth. A loner and outcast, him and his family move into the house on Elm Street, once inhabited by Nancy Thompson.

Freddy invades Jesse’s dreams with the intention of using him as a conduit between dream and fantasy.

This is the gay Freddy. Freddy’s Revenge is filled with homoerotic subtexts and blatant gay imagery.

Mark Patton is openly gay in real life, but it’s ambiguous as to whether his character, Jesse (‘Jessie’ also a derogatory term for a gay man) is homosexual.

Despite his burdening interest in a girl called Lisa (Kim Myers), he shies away from physical intimacy.

Jesse is depicted as effeminate, screaming like a girl and dancing around his bedroom in a ‘suggestive’ manner.

With Freddy’s desire to be in him, it could be taken as a reference to sex.

Aside from Lisa, Jesse does have a friend from the school; a high school jock called Grant (Robert Rusler).

The relationship between the two of them has an aura of mutual attraction to it.

However, the most obvious and not in the least bit hidden gay subtext, is Jesse’s PE teacher, Coach Schneider.

He has a proclivity to watch Jesse in the showers and, often, has a look undressing him with his eyes.

And, how does he die?

SPOILER ALERT! 

Jesse finds him in an S&M gay bar, so the coach takes Jesse back to the school and makes him shower.

It’s at this point that Freddy arrives and starts throwing balls at him.

The razor fingered maniac, ties Schneider up to the showers and begins to whip him with towels before dragging his blades down the coach’s back.

Yeeaaahhh! Okay. I’ll leave you with that one.

But I don’t mention any of this to be offensive or to imply derogation.

I’m just simply saying that this is how the film is.

It’s a good film. There’s plenty of horror and, as usual, Robert Englund is first rate as the horror icon.

And that is a good example of why the Elm Street films work.

Freddy Krueger is the baddie in the films. Someone we want to see fall and suffer, all the while cheering on the good guys.

But we don’t. We want Freddy to win because he’s such a good, fun and exciting character.

With his witty one liners and absurd way of killing people, Krueger is the ultimate horror icon, eventually becoming more of a parody of horror characters and himself.

The Nightmare on Elm Street films have always had a thin strand of black comedy running through it and with each consecutive installment, the humour came to the fore.

This entry in the series is unfairly treated.

It’s not a bad film. It’s very enjoyable. There’s horror and gore. Atmospheric and dark.

A very respectable entry into a fun franchise.

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