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A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY'S REVENGE
1985 / Horror
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Directed by Jack Sholder
Written by David Chaskin
Starring Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Robert Rusler and Robert Englund

A teenage boy is haunted in his dreams by deceased child murderer Freddy Krueger, who is out to possess him in order to continue his reign of terror in the real world.

The following tags are associated with this movie: slasher, sequel, nightmares, dreams
A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)
Review by Bradley Frohloff

7 / 10
Freddy Krueger's presence in a movie alone is probably worth a 5/10 just by itself thanks to Robert Englund's portrayal of the iconic character. The other 5 possible points in the rating scale is dependent on how good the rest of the movie actually is and this sequel is, well, it's alright. It's certainly not on the same level as the original, but has its quirky moments while Freddy is still scary and not a bumbling, power glove wielding buffoon as he is later reduced to in the franchise sequels.
A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)
Review by Michael Mahoney

7 / 10
I've seen this movie so many times, it's really hard to take a step back and look at the whole picture. Portions of this movie are really cool, and the special effects are amazing (Freddy popping out of Jesse's body, Freddy's melting face at the end, etc.), but the movie, as a final product, is rather nonsensical.

There were subplots that weren't really expanded on (such as why the house was hot, why things kept catching fire or exploding), elements of Freddy's abilities that weren't touched upon the previous movie, and the fact that almost all of Freddy's appearances toward the end seem to be in this reality, not a dream world, was left completely alone.

The movie is a mess. But as much a mess as it is, I still think it's fun and rather unique, which makes sense as it's probably the black sheep of the original series (the first film to Freddy's Dead).

Despite having a bunch of no-name actors, I think things work out okay. Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Robert Rusler, Clu Gulager, and Marshall Bell are all pretty memorably characters (especially Bell, who dominated as a gay gym coach). The acting isn't great, and sure, sometimes Myers' got a bit much, but still, I think it worked. Robert Englund, of course, did well as Freddy.

Somewhat related, while it doesn't really make sense to me, I did like the whole poolside massacre sequence. Solid stuff, including one of my favorite lines of Freddy's, being, "You are all my children now." Again, it doesn't make sense, but it's a fun scene.

The original movie is a beloved classic, so any sequel would come as a disappointment, and given that this one is so far removed from the first, it hits this one even harder. And without a doubt, the third movie blows this one out of the water. But still, I've seen this movie multiple times, perhaps seven, eight times now, and Freddy's Revenge is fun. Wish they tried tightening the story, or doing more with Grady, or even touching more on what is obviously Jesse's battle with his sexuality, but still, it's a fun mess. And it's still better than the god-awful fifth movie. 7.5/10 (rounded down to 7/10 to fit site's format).
A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)
Review by Alex Martel

7 / 10
Nowadays, Nightmare 2 seems to be mostly known for its subtle gay undertones. Nah, scratch that, it IS known for its incredibly obvious gay OVERtones.

And these actually serve to make it one of the most interesting sequels in the franchise, and a stand out movie among its peers. The self discovery, psychosexual aspects are used to good effect, and the film is bolstered by strong lead performances, cool set pieces and gruesome special effects.

It's not quite as strong or fresh as the original, but it's pretty unique and worthy of an analysis.
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