Syllabus: Film 1985
By Nathan Lee
There�s always been something slightly queer about Freddy Krueger, what with his perfectly deconstructed striped sweater and all, but there�s nothing subtle about A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy�s Revenge, the gayest horror film of the 1980s. �Horror film� may be the wrong classification for a movie where the haircuts (hello, unironic mullet!) are far more frightening than the ridiculous attempts to spook (exploding parakeets, demonic tennis balls, metaphysically malfunctioning toasters). Nightmare 2 is far more credible as a minor camp classic of the gay panic genre. Mark Patton stars as Jesse, a neurotic teenager under the sway of inexplicable hormonal impulses�a.k.a. Krueger. �He�s inside me�and wants to take me again!� Jesse shouts on awakening from a dream in which his P.E. coach, a leather daddy who hangs out at the local new-wave fag bar, is strung up naked in the showers and, uh, �stabbed� from behind. Jesse�s habit of starting the day with a high-pitched shriek (followed by adjusting the cargo in his tighty whiteys) leads his sister to ask, �Mommy? Why can�t Jesse wake up like everybody else?� Because, darling, your brother is different.