YMMV / A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: It's not hard to argue that the entire sequence leading up to Schneider's death was a shared dream created by Freddy, possibly with some sleep-walking involved to get the participants to the gym showers at the end. The entire sequence does play out like a sexual fantasy between two closeted gay men: The younger goes to a gay bar, where his coach is waiting to "punish" him for underaged drinking. This interpretation changes Schneider from a predator to a gay man who sometimes fantasizes about younger men. It also makes his death far more horrifying, as you realize that he likely believed he was being punished for his sexual desires.
    • Is Jessie gay? Or is he someone with deep rooted psycho-sexual issues as a result of his tumultuous relationship with his father? His running away from making out with Lisa could alternately be interpreted as him afraid of intimacy due to associating sex with violence.
  • Awesome Music: Christopher Young's score is one of the eeriest themes in the Elm Street franchise.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Lisa Webber. Initially, she was The Scrappy purely for her association with the film, but recent years have turned her into a far more divisive character. Some franchise fans feel that, despite this film's flaws, Lisa stands out as a likeable and tough Final Girl who defeats Freddy. On the other hand, quite a few fans dislike Lisa for her clumsy involvement with the Homoerotic Subtext and, in particular, taking the co-lead role from Grady, who most fans would agree had a closer relationship with Jesse and who definitely fits in better with the previously mentioned subtext. Really, whether or not one likes her comes down to what one thinks about the incredibly divisive Homoerotic Subtext. If the person liked it, they'll probably dislike Lisa. If they disliked it, she'll be seen as a saving grace of the movie.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Due to the line between dream and reality becoming foggy, several completely nonsensical things happen.
  • Contested Sequel: Widely considered to have a dip in quality, though it has its defenders. Its canon status even reaches Broad Strokes (as the events are hardly referenced in sequels, but some elements remained).
  • Cult Classic: Many gay horror fans have claimed the movie as their own, with Jesse's sexual confusion reflecting their experiences.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Grady, mainly due to his "friendship" with Jesse, Jerk with a Heart of Gold status, and being the best acted character in the movie.
  • Ho Yay: Whatever the people may think of the movie, it's definitely the most homoerotic Elm Street film to date, and one of the gayest horror movies ever made.
    • In the Nightmare documentary Never Sleep Again, the subject is talked about at length. It reveals that the writer actually did it on purpose, but not even the producer realized it until it was too late. Robert Englund has gone on record saying that he thinks that Freddy in this film represents Jesse's repressed homosexual desires. Mark Patton (who played Jesse) came out as gay after the film was released, and thinks that his self-doubts about his sexuality at the time the movie was shot carried over into his performance. A lot of other people have commented on it, too:
    • The Glitter Dome can attest to that.
    • Tim Dirk's Filmsite.org is more intellectual in its analysis, but the homoerotic content is spelled out even further.
    • This funny recut of a scene in the film actually makes it look like a teen drama about someone coming to terms with his sexuality.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: The opening bus ride.
  • Narm:
    • Lisa's dad attempts to shoot Freddy and misses. Freddy turns towards him and the audience is given a terrifying closeup on his enraged face. But then Lisa arrives at her father's side, and the closeup shows Freddy going completely puppy-eyed.
    • Freddy causing a lovebird to attack the characters and then explode was among the silliest scenes in the series.
    • Almost any time Jesse screams.