Monday, October 12, 2009
31 Days of Halloween - Day 12 - Movie
In the unsubtle "A Nightmare On Elm Street 2 - Freddy's Revenge" (1985), Jesse (Mark Patton), a teenager who has just moved into a new house, and presumedly, a new school struggles with his homosexuality. He has a girlfriend, Lisa (Kim Myers), but is desires his male friend, Grady (Robert Rusler). His struggles lead to violence, causing him to kill his bdsm gym teacher. Lisa tries desperately to "cure" him, but Jesse keeps pushing her away. At a party at Lisa's house, Jesse tries to make love to her, but finds himself revolted to be kissing between her breasts. He runs to Grady and begs him to let him sleep with him, then kills him too. He the returns to Lisa's party, resists the temptation to kill her as well, and instead turns his violence against the entire gay male population of his high school, also attending the party before running away. Lisa tracks him down and is finally able to surpress Jesse's gay urges, or is she?
This heavy handed product of its time is chock full of homo-erotic imagery; muscular teenage boys in short shorts, no shorts, briefs, shirtless and sweaty, showering, naked, miming masturbation, wrestling, etc., as well as an opening nightmare in which Jesse is trapped with two teenage girls inside a school bus balanced precariously on top of a phallic symbol over the chasm of Hell itself. As the girls approach him, the bus totters and the phallic symbol crumbles. There is also plenty of steam, fire, heat, sweat, and bursting pipes and beer cans spraying geysers of fluid when ever Jesse's homosexual urges begin to manifest, and plenty of images of disfigurement to let us know how disgusted Jesse finds himself when he gives in to these urges.
Really, that's what this movie is about. Jesse and his family move into the house from the first movie, and Freddy Krueger begins to take possession of him, forcing him to kill, first the gym teacher by stripping him naked and tying him to the pipes in the shower room, then killing him by whipping his bare ass with locker room towels, and Freddy's glove, which he uses for his other murders. Lisa tries to guide Jesse back out of Freddy's control. There are far fewer outstanding nightmare visuals in this movie than the first, but the one that occurs right before Jesse kills Grady is a pretty good one.