A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge has almost nothing to do with A Nightmare on Elm Street. Which is mostly caused by Wes Craven’s lack of involvement. Aside from the new lead character Jesse moving into Nancy’s house on Elm Street. The tone is different, the style is different, and even the dream aspect is different. There’s also a bizarre amount of homoerotic subtext in the movie.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge is played more like a coming of age story. With final boy Jesse dealing with teen problems like talking to final girl Lisa. The gay subtext mostly comes from lingering shots of male characters, obvious symbolism, and predominantly male nudity. Jesse also has to deal with frequent dreams he has about Freddy Krueger. Who tells Jesse to kill for him since he’s not strong enough to do it on his own.
SPOILER ALERT! Freddy only appears in 13 minutes of the entire movie! Jesse is the one we see possibly doing most of the out of body killing. Which is kinda lame for a movie that promises “Freddy’s revenge.” And when he does appear, he’s much less comedic and a lot more creepy looking. With demonic facial features. Freddy doesn’t even use his dream powers in a creative way. All he does is slash a couple of teens at a pool party (that’s it). Before dying in an icky way. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge is just not the kind of follow up anyone was hoping for.