A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)

There aren’t many horror sequels like “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2.” In some ways, it’s nothing more than a basic, cheaper retread of the original albeit with a gender swap for its lead character, with a sloppy, rushed screenplay. However, there’s a surprisingly layered undercurrent of repressed homosexuality that persists throughout the narrative, enough to register with even a passive viewer. In the lead, Mark Patton displays a casually confident femininity that’s unusual for this genre and all the more remarkable for it. Robert Englund is nearly absent, with his character making occasional appearances, but still manages to radiate uncomfortable malevolence.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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