‘Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street’: Film Review
In 1985, New Line rushed out a sequel to its breakout horror hit of the prior year.
But while commercially successful enough, “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge” was initially disliked by mainstream horror fans, then later won cult status, for the same reason: It struck many as “the gayest horror film of all time,” with content that was either homoerotic or homophobic or both, depending on your view.Breaking from slasher-genre norms, its protagonist wasn’t a “Final Girl” but a cute, blond, “sensitive” high school boy for whom Robert Englund’s murderous Freddy often seemed to be a metaphor: A flaming little secret Jesse doesn’t want to “come out,” and which only the love of the girl next door (Kim Myers) can save him from.
Lead Mark Patton was a closeted gay actor who considered the film’s ambivalent sexual agenda publicly “outed” him.
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