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A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY’S REVENGE

Director Jack Sholder
Year 1985
Starring Robert Englund, Mark Patton, Clu Gulager
Rating R
Run Time 87min
More Info IMDb

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Upon its release, audiences mistook this movie for another quickie cash-grab sequel. Little did they realize that it’s actually the single most powerful cinematic depiction of a young man coming to terms with his latent homosexuality. Rather than erections and/or rubdowns, said yearnings are incarnated as none other than Freddy Krueger. The horribly scarred, child-murdering hero of the 1980s insists on "coming out" of our hero at only the most inopportune times. Any time our hard-luck teen protagonist Jesse finds himself alone (and shirtless) with another man, the sweat starts pouring, the teeth start gritting, and a certain veiny buddy is unleashed. A major departure from the initial installment, this one ramps up the awkwardness with a heapin’ helpin’ of very severe penetration angst. So strap on your leathers and come party with the original monster in the closet: Freddy! (Zack Carlson)

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