A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
Dir. Jack Sholder, 1985, USA, 87 minutes
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Initially tossed aside as a dashed-off follow-up to a surprise horror hit, this slasher sequel was often kept in the closet of the Freddy Kruger franchise. But what audiences missed in the mid-80s is that FREDDY’S REVENGE functions as a fascinatingly entertaining take on teenage angst filtered through the lens of homo-existential panic. Much to the chagrin of fans of the original classic, Freddy (Robert Englund) transcended beyond the dream world in FREDDY’S REVENGE, frequently possessing the body of new-to-town Elm Street resident Jesse Walsh (the now proudly-out Mark Patton), leading to dialogue such as “he’s inside me and he wants to take me again.”
The delicious queer subtext in so thinly-veiled that it often becomes the text in marvelously absurd ways: a hazy trip to a downtown S&M bar, a twink-trolling leather-daddy gym teacher, etc. And, of course, Jesse’s inability to consummate with his girlfriend due to Freddy’s cockblocking–leading Jesse to flee to his jock buddy’s bedroom to stay the night. Similar to its protagonist, FREDDY’S REVENGE can be considered an “outsider” within the series, but has since developed a reputation as a queer cult gem–even inspiring the upcoming documentary SCREAM, QUEEN. More like A Nightmare on Christopher Street.
Directed by: Jack Sholder Written by: David Chaskin, Wes Craven Starring: Mark Patton, Robert Englund, Clu Gulager