A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge

A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge | Jack Sholder | US 1985 | 87 Min | 35mm

© 1985 WBEI

Often sold under value, this sequel to Wes Craven’s celebrated original breaks several genre rules at once. Perhaps most important, the “final girl” trope makes way for the sensitive, lovable Jesse, who must confront iconic dream demon Freddy Kruger in the last standoff. Even if director Jack Sholder purportedly didn’t realize it, the story of Freddy’s Revenge is the carrier material for a parade of gay subtexts (Jesse dancing to a synth-pop classic in his room! The leather bar! Spanking in the shower!), which make this highly atmospheric and often eldritch horror thriller a queer classic.

Jack Sholder
began his career in film as an editor. His directing debut was the horror movie Alone in the Dark (1982), after which he was offered to helm A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2 (1985). He also made the sci-fi horror The Hidden (1987) and Wishmaster 2. Sholder was the founder of the Film & Television Production program at Western Carolina University, where he was a professor until 2017.
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Language eOV
Cast Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Robert Englund, and others
Writer David Chaskin
Editing Bob Brady, Arline Garson
Cinematography Jacques Haitkin, Christopher Tufty