I’m not shy in expressing my love for
Freddy Krueger. I love everything about him. The character. The
concept. The movies, in spite of their extra thick cheesiness, are
all great IMO. I even wrote a screenplay prequel of Freddy’s origins
with the aid of my homeboy Jimmy. The most epic story you never
heard. And of course Fred topped out my list in the Four Horsemen of
Death
, our most popular day of horror, thank you. I’ve seen every
Freddy flick countless times, but it wasn’t until nearly 30 years
later that I noticed some glaring themes poking out of one particular
entry.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s
Revenge
will be remembered for two things: that chilling opening
scene on the school bus, and being one of the gayest horror movies in
history. Picking up on just how fuckin’ hilarious the shit was all
these years later, I do some research and run across articles such as
How a Nightmare on Elm Street 2 Became an Iconic Gay Horror Film
(after years of being hated)
. I never knew it was hated, first of
all, but the article (eventually) touches on how the movie subtly or
not so subtly highlights main character Jesse’s struggle with his
repressed sexuality, which none other than Freddy, is a
representation of. Mind you, dude was never portrayed as gay in the
movie. But I guess, if you look at it deeper … his interaction with
the coach in the fetish bar, always tussling with his homeboy Grady, and the
trouble he seems to have embracing his girlfriend, who was throwing the pussy
like Verlander … you could say those are some valid observations.

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This isn’t just me or people being
douchy on the internet. Further research turned up articles like, The
Nightmare Behind the Gayest Horror Movie Ever Made
. This Buzzfeed
piece goes beyond the fourth wall to dig up dirt on the controversy
surrounding the movie. I think the craziest thing I picked up is how
the role was perceived to be so overly gay, that actor Mark Patton
was pigeon-holed into that kinda role. Guess it didn’t help that the
biggest character he’d played before Jesse in ANOES 2 was also a gay
role. Even more bunkers is the fact that Patton really is a gay man
in the industry during a time when something as simple as sexuality
could completely ruin you. So he chose to stay in the closet a little
while longer. The article also mentions the director, who allegedly
blamed Patton’s ‘gay’ acting for giving the film whatever contentious
reputation it picked up over the years. Fuckin’ crazy.

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Gay, subtly gay, or not, Jesse’s complex story sets
the backdrop for one of my favorite Nightmare movies. Freddy is at
his absolute darkness and not fucking around. He’s also able to
enter the real world “through” Jesse, which was another
controversial element that stirred fan emotions. “You are all my children now! Mark was serviceable in his role as Jesse and gets
bonus points for being an absolute cheese ball. Organic cheese
though. Good times!

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