A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy tackles sexuality?

A Nightmare On Elm Street 2

I sat on this piece for a few days because it’s subject matter is a bit touchy. I wasn’t quite sure how to go about it without ruffling any feathers, I think I’m finally ready. So without further adieu, here we go.

Let’s face it, A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s revenge is easily the worst of the series. It fails on so many levels from stupid effects such as a possessed, spontaneously exploding parakeet, and exploding hot dogs to name a few. There aren’t many kills, and even less dreams and dark wit which has become Freddy’s trademark. At times I’m not sure if the writer wanted this to be a haunted house or possession movie. With that said, where A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s revenge does work is in its underlying allegory of closeted homosexuality.

Jesse Walsh and his family move into a house on Elm Street. Yep you guessed it, the same house Nancy once lived in. Soon, Jesse is haunted by nightmares of a burned man who wants him to kill. Jesse becomes distant from his family and friends. He doesn’t seem very interested in his girlfriend. His mother thinks he needs psychiatric help, while his father thinks he’s on drugs. Everyone sees the change in Jesse, but they don’t know why.

At one point, Jesse goes into a bar where the bartender is dressed in leather. His coach finds him and punishes him. Since when did coaches have jurisdiction outside of school and at night? One can sense some sexual tension from the coach. The coach is killed by Freddy/Jesse in the shower.

In an ironic twist, the actor who played Jesse, Mark Patton was in the closet at the time of filming. It is also worth mentioning this is one of the only movies in the series that didn’t have a female protagonist.  The entire movie is about the fears a homosexual person in 1985 might have of coming out. That coming out might kill his/her family and friends in a manner of speaking.  While A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge isn’t a very good movie from a horror stand point, it is a good movie from a social commentary stand point. Join me next time boils, and ghouls as I go over everyone’s favorite movie in the series: A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

Topics: 1428 Elm Street, 1985, A Nightmare On Elm Street 2, Bob Shaye, Freddy Krueger, Homosexuality, New Line Cinema, Robert Englund, Social Commentary, Sophomore Slump

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  • Patrick Allen

    I’ve talked about that aspect of this film for years and #2 is actually one of my favorites of the series…though I think of it more of an independent story not really part of the NOES cannon. I think if you watch the film knowing that it is a horror film about a teenage boy coming to terms with his sexuality, it is actually pretty terrifying…save some of the bad effects.

  • Patrick Allen

    They also denied that the film had a gay theme for years. I finally saw they admitted it in the Never Sleep Again doc.

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