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 compelling, 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. It’s not exactly a great movie overall, but it’s so distinctive that it’s undeniably memorable. Robert Englund is nearly absent, with his character making occasional appearances, but still manages to radiate uncomfortable malevolence.
Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)