The second film was noted for its homoeroticism.
Robert Englund, who played the iconic horror movie villain Freddy Krueger has voiced his hopes that the horror franchise will do a more explicitly queer remake in a future entry.
Speaking to TooFab, Englund mused that viewers of the films would be more open to a more diverse cast of characters in the films now. He said if there was a remake of the horror film franchise, which received its last entry in 2010, it would need to focus on “middle American kids that think they’re a little hip and they are co-opted by evil and they lose their innocence on all levels.”
He added: “But because our society now is more damaged because of the opioid crisis, because of the openness now with gender and sexuality, those kids now have to be different than the kids from the original Nightmare and someone has to write a different batch of kids and Freddy needs to be a different kind of evil. His evil needs to be, he needs to toy with what they like in the culture.”
Addressing the homoerotic tone of the second film, he said: “If they redid Nightmare 2, for instance, and really deal with the subtext, Freddy toying with that boy’s sexuality.
“But the fact that we’re much more comfortable with that now, I think it would be really fun to have Freddy play with one kid who’s gay. Maybe one boy is not. Play with them. Tempt them. Force him out of the closet or back into the closet and we can do that. Audiences would accept that now. Freddy would do that because he’s in your head. But it is going to take somebody very clever to to do that.”
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