in 1984 Freddy Kruger He went down in horror movie history as one of the most popular and feared characters for children for more than a generation. Although he currently has a larger saga, a to restart and even one of the greatest fusions of all time – his legendary battle against Jason-, the central axis of freddie There is a ribbon that has become a symbol for the community LGBT+ Without thinking, apparently, for this purpose.
The first installment of a successful franchise. conquered the American and world box office with the story of Frederick Charles KruegerA man with a dark and stormy past as his mother was sexually abused by inmates of a psychiatric hospital, his father was an alcoholic and since he was a child he had psychopathic behavior – an antisocial personality disorder -.
However, what fascinated the public was his gift, when working at the local power station and in the factory boiler, he captured and killed more than 20 neighborhood youths. The police could not solve the case, while the newspapers dubbed him “The Springwood Slasher”. The event was so big that the story had to go on and so Warner Bros. Entertainment Gave the green light for its bloody sequel, without even thinking about what it would become in time.
Just a year after the first part, in 1985, arrived the tapes we will talk about throughout this lesson: Nightmare on Hell Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, With high expectations reflected in its budget (grossing $3 million in the US alone), the sequel lived up to everything but the expectations of horror fans, who rated it as mediocre, even though it was an acceptable commercial success. I understood. Critics pulled reviews in critical journals, appreciating or criticizing the innovations reflected in the final product, not realizing that it was all tied to a common thread: is the plot about the community? LGBT+,
To better understand the context, it is important to tell the story. five years after the events of freddie, Jesse – explained by Mark Patton– Moved, with his family, in which house was he Nancy Thompson -The main character of the first part-. Even without being fully settled, he begins to have nightmares, which prevents him from sleeping well at night and wakes up screaming. He visits Freddy Krueger in one of his dreams and discovers his diary in his house in which he recounts his nightmares and talks about the great killer.
Although the story may seem generic, this is the first element to affirm that the film had the intention of breaking the paradigm of the genre defined for the 80s: The protagonist is a man, while there is always a woman in every horror film of the eraThe first big novelty to leave the end behind daughtercount one The last BoyThe situation was a tragedy for the conservatives, even if for the avant-garde, it allowed them to see something new for the tired and repetitive formula of each film of the time.
There’s more than one unusual storyline throughout the film that was taken as an argument by the diversity community that it was a bisexual story that although its director shoulder hold He denied, and even expressed regret for what he did, he was unable to explain the reason for the scenes.
young men and with all the beauty stereotypes of the time (tall, blond, big body) make love in the school showers, play sports, while being scolded by his trainer. Circumstances that may seem normal today, but back when they were made public by Hollywood – were different from women in similar circumstances and circumstance.
a specific scene where scary Freddy Kruger attacks and kills one of his victims, leaving a man alone after his training. What’s unusual about this moment is how the death happens, because male nudes, while well maintained, are unassuming. In addition to being persecuted in an environment that could be described as “masochistic” and which was booming within the gay community in the 1980s.
Another strange scene occurs when coach try to deceivemeticulously, to the hero in the scroll barThe brief moment is filled with LGBT+ elements of what might now be considered cliché – men in latex, with long mustaches, fully branded but “sacred” bodies – but are indirectly clear references to the story told.
,I wasn’t honest enough to realize that some of this stuff could be construed as gay» : Jack Shoulder, director several timesUK.
Its creators’ refusal to interpret everything as an LGBT+ horror film has been maintained by its director, writer and producer for many years, although when questioned, none of these can be compared because he has it. does so. , Aside from the fact that during the premiere, its protagonist “came out of the closet” and showed interest in clarifying doubts about the character’s sexuality, since he was a teenager at the end, although he had had a female partner, “feeling safe.” To do” ran into the arms of her best friend.
“I had to do what I could with problematic material. There were times when women didn’t want men show weaknessbut at least i knew i wanted to Jesse There was a delicate cry. If I was to make this film, it was important to me that it show at least another type of masculinity. For Mark Patton Los Angeles Times Years later.
“sufficient impossible to denywhile I was lying in my bed regret And the candles drip and bend like a phallus…”. Robert Englund, the man behind Freddy’s makeup, mentioned that he offered to have the young artist insert a blade of his glove into his mouth, but the scene was dropped.
,It’s clearly designed as a bisexual-themed movie.Englund announced it in 2010. “Before the AIDS paranoia, it was the early eighties. Jesse Whether or not he has trouble coming out of the closet and Freddy is an expression of his sexual desireshis friend (played by Robert Russell) is the object of his affection. it’s all in the movie,
The fact that the protagonist of the whole saga has spoken about it and defended it as such has become the last and most powerful argument for the LGBT+ community to see. Nightmare on Hell Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge As a symbol of the LGBT+ community in horror movies.
In a recent interview very fabulous While promoting our new series, true terrorEnglund reveals that he would like to see a new version of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge,
“If you start again nightmare 2 they should really handle this subtext, Freddy plays with this guy’s sexuality, We’re much more comfortable with it nowI think it would be really fun for Freddy to play with him. One boy may be gay, another may not, they may be played with, tempted…forced out of the closet or back into the closet. people will accept it nowFreddy will because it’s on your mind, but we’re gonna need someone really smart to do it“, he expressed.
Despite the negative reviews of those years and even creatives who thought innovation in the genre was a setback to the character’s success, Freddy Kruger Terror remains a global cultural reference and its “revenge” is a timeless movie that the LGBT+ community is not forgotten and can be properly entertained Where the Protagonist of a Horror Movie Besides Being Gay or Bisexual Isn’t the Film’s Destroying Element in Critical ReviewsGood It’s not forced inclusion when it was like that from the start And by which they will say that they cannot be denied.
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