Halloqueen Queer Essentials, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

Five years after Freddy Krueger’s (Robert Englund) alleged disappearance, the Walsh family moves into Nancy Thompson’s old house. As soon as nighttime hits their new home, the youngest son, Jesse Walsh (Mark Patton), starts having nightmares about being hunted by a brutal murderer. Even though the house becomes unusually hot, appliances bizarrely break down and spontaneous fires occur, Jesse’s parents, Ken and Cheryl (Clu Gulager, Hope Lange) assume that their son is merely flustered by being new to the city. However, Jesse, along with his friend Lisa Webber (Kim Myers), discover a comprehensive diary of Nancy Thompson, in which the girl describes several nightmares that are similar to Jesse’s. As the young boy’s nightmares worsen, Freddy vows to take over Jesse’s body and ensue his gruesome killing spree.

Although not your typical gay-themed movie, this American horror sequel has become a gay cult classic. The homoerotic “subtext” (more like obvious slant) present in the film has garnered A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge the reputation of being the gayest slasher film ever produced. From the protagonist’s overt disinterest in his girlfriend to the faintly-disguised gay leather bar and the infamous scene of Jesse’s gym teacher being whipped with wet towels, the film was intentionally made queer by the screenwriter, David Chaskin. Freddy’s desire to possess Jesse’s body is interpreted as a metaphor for repressed sexuality and the protagonist is regarded as a sexually confused kid or a gay teenager in denial.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge




A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge is a highly underrated entry in the Freddy saga.”
   Oh The Horror

“As stomach-turning as might be expected, but it has a lot going for it: clever special effects, a good leading performance and a villain so chatty he practically makes this a human-interest story. ”
   The New York Times

“One area where Freddy’s Revenge excelled was the SFX, in particular, Kevin Yagher’s magnificent make-up for Freddy’s malformed visage.”
   Rivers Of Grue

Did You Know?

Although David Chaskin deliberately added the homosexual elements to the plot, the film’s director (and, possibly, most of the movie’s crew) didn’t have a clue of what was going on. However, Robert Englund, who plays the monstrous Freddy Krueger, stated in a 2015 interview that he was mindful of the movie’s subtext and thinks that “people were more aware of it than they disclose now”. Review our Gay Themed Films here

Featured by Filmmaker Michael Varrati in the Halloween Featurette The Queering of Horror Movies

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