Episode 4: A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

Welcome back to Views On…, the most irregular show here on the Fotress.  This time out I took advantage of spooky season and asked Beth VanDusen (who is part of the Needless Things Podcast and one of the co-hosts of the Execute Chapter 66 podcast) to join me to talk about a horror movie that doesn’t get a whole lot of love.  In fact, it gets hardly any love at all.  In fact, it is usually listed as the worst of the franchise.  I’m talking, of course, about A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge.

Beth and I recently re-watched this movie and also watched the documentary Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street and had a new appreciation for a movie that I never thought was as bad as people said it was.  We talk about our histories with Freddy, how we first saw this movie, and then our thoughts on the movie both as a horror film and as part of the Nightmare franchise.  Beth and I also discuss the supposed sub-text of the movie and how we were both baffled that one of the creative people involved with the film did not see what was plainly in front of his face.

I’d like to once again thank Beth for coming on to talk about this movie.  It was a lot of fun and the show turned out as good as it did because of her.

The opening and closing music from this episode was “This House” by Kevin MacLeod (, Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License,

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Next Time: No clue.  As usual, the next episode has not been recorded yet, but this is an irregular show, so it will return at some point.


  1. Fun discussion! Cindy and I covered the first film on Super Mates this Halloween, and there I mentioned that I saw Nightmare 2 before the first film. That was kind of an odd way to enter the franchise I think, because, gay (non-sub) text aside, it is an outlier in the series overall, with the possession, Freddy appearing in public, etc. I don’t in any way think it’s the worst film, though. I would say it ranks above at least 5 and 6 (which I think is pretty horrible) and probably 4.

    I really need to rewatch this film, as I haven’t seen it in decades. When I watched Never Sleep Again, I was surprised to find out the director never got the homoerotic angle. I did, and I was 10, and I don’t think I even knew what that meant! In that documentary, Mark Patton seemed to have a good sense of humor about it, so I’m interested to see Scream, Queen!, which I first heard of in your show today. I watched the trailer, and it seems very compelling. Patton was a charismatic actor who definitely seemed to have a bright career ahead of him. Too bad this movie seems to have done him more harm than good.

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