1985 New Line Cinema
Ah nothing like the financial success of a horror movie to ensure a quickly produced sequel. Even though Wes Craven intended the first movie to be a one time only thing its popularity sent dreams of dollar signs floating through New Line Cinema’s offices. The result was A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge.
The sequel picks up five years after the events of the first movie as we are introduced to a family that has moved into the Elm Street address where Nancy previously battled Freddy. They must have gotten one hell of a deal on the property. The story follows the teenage son Jesse as Freddy first haunts his dreams and then takes possession of his body to wreak havoc on the world once more.
There is some fun to be had in the special effects and makeup departments but there are far too many WTF moments to truly consider this a good movie. It’s too bad they didn’t take a little longer on the script to this movie. It’s actually well made with a good cast it’s just the story is not consistent with the first movie. There’s enough good Freddy moments to make it worth watching just fast forward through the weird stuff.
- The acting is improved for the most part over the first movie.
- The part where Grady gets sliced through the door is a winner. Actually the door gets sliced through Grady.
- Freddy at least remains a dark and shadowy figure in this movie even though he changes his method of mayhem. Actually he is just plain cold and ruthless in this movie.
- The music score by Christopher Young is very good it just needed the Nightmare theme from the first movie integrated here and there.
The Not So Good:
- Why did they change Freddy’s modus operandi? In the beginning of the movie Freddy is haunting Jesse’s dreams but suddenly the movie shifts gears and he uses Jesse’s body to come into the real world. Freddy also no longer hunts the Elm Street kids in dreamland but instead seems to be killing random people in the real world.
- Freddy seems to have more control over the real world with his ability to lock doors, start fires, shoot sports equipment, and whip asses with towels. What the heck did he need Jesse for if he could control things to the extent he does here?
- Jesse is just not that compelling and is not a strong protagonist for Freddy; if he had fought Freddy’s take over attempt earlier and more aggressively I might have liked the character a little more.
- Freddy interrupts Jesse and Lisa before we get to see her naked. Inexcusable.
- What is with the scene where the pet bird goes berserk and then explodes? Did Freddy possess the parakeet? That scene should have never been filmed.
- The scene where the kinky gym teacher gets his bare ass snapped by towels after being tied up in the school shower with jump ropes is without doubt the strangest scene in any Nightmare.