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Chosen One of the Day: The exploding parakeet from A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

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Jun 27, 2019

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge is mostly known for one thing: being gay. Like, really gay. Teenage-boy-main-character-routinely-wakes-up-shirtless-and-sweaty-and-also-goes-to-an-S&M-club-at-one-point gay. And you know what? “Goofiest, gayest '80s slasher movie of all time” is not a bad reputation to have.

But lest we forget.

This is also a movie where a parakeet attempts to dive bomb its family and then explodes.

"BIRD RABIES!" the father declares, desperate to explain the family pet's sudden lust for murder. "CHEAP SEED!" Animals, we are told in this extremely well-written film, don't just explode into flames for no reason. I mean, I guess? If I had to live with Khaki Mc80sDad, I might just self-immolate, too.

Of course, the real reason the parakeet kamikazed itself into flames is that Freddy Krueger Told It To, which is just another reason in a long, long line of them why Freddy Krueger is a stupid, punk bitch. Ooh, scary me, I'm going to make a small bird explode. Mediocre. In terms of plot devices involving the regrettable, violent deaths of small animals, Freddy and his amateurish avian fireworks have nothing on the time Carla Gugino stuck a bomb up a mouse's butt. I'm sorry, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2! I've seen a mouse explode, timed to "Down with the Sickess"! I have standards now!

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