It’s quite telling that the film’s tagline is, “the man of your dreams is back,” and that the protagonist is looking at the Springwood Slasher instead of his paramour. Homoerotic subtext abounds in this mediocre sequel to A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Five years have gone by since the original Nightmare murders, and Elm street has new occupants in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge.
Teen Jesse is plagued by nightmares about being stuck on a bus alone with two women (not so bad), albeit said bus is in the middle of some kind of hellscape and being driven by Freddy.
His girlfriend Lisa comes over to his place and they find Nancy’s diary, a clue that sheds some light on what’s been happening – a loose tie-in to the Wes Craven classic first film.
Meanwhile, Jesse strikes up a friendship with school chum Grady, with whom he has much more sexual chemistry, and then has a scary dream about his gym teacher who likes to frequent leather bars.
It’s unbelievable that the series recovered from this one, a severe body blow to Craven’s legacy. Luckily, the classic Dream Warriors righted the ship.
But tune in to see what 2 is all about…