A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge Reviews
Unlike in the first film, Fred Krueger decides to persuade Jesse to kill for him by possessing his body. It's now up to Jesse's girlfriend, Lisa to come face to face with Fred Krueger and free Jesse from his clutches before it's too late.
Starring in the film, is Mark Patton (Jesse Walsh), Kim Myers (Lisa), Robert Rusler (Grady), Marshall Bell (Coach Schneider), and Robert Englund returning as Fred Krueger.
The giant elephant in the room with "Nightmare 2" is that it features a lot of homosexual connotations. From Coach Schneider and his liking towards Jesse and Grady, to Jesse's embarrassing dance scene, and finally the idea that Fred Krueger is actually Jesse's homosexuality appearing despite his best efforts to conceal it. In this regard, "Nightmare 2" is quite appropriate as the 80s was a time when homosexuality was relatively a societal taboo. At the end of the film, the theme that love conquers evil is touched on--it's cheesy--but it was 1985.
What's important to realize is that when "Nightmare 2" was made, New Line Cinema (yes that one) didn't know that they had the makings of a franchise. Instead, the filmmakers jumped on the backs of the Universal monster movies, and made the monster the star of the show. So "Nightmare 2," while the rules of the first film are missing, is somewhat innocent on its own.
The problem is that "A Nightmare On Elm Street" became a large franchise down the road. So in the grand scheme of things, "Nightmare 2" is an inferior sequel in the series. The possession motif doesn't work for "Nightmare," and the uprooting of the established rules really hurt this film.
Its breaks mold to become so much more. "Much of the criticism of Freddy's Revenge was aimed at the fact that the film, while continuing the storyline of its predecessor, takes on a completely different direction." People don't like change. Because it is different it is hated. This is the best of the series.
A film that tries something new but it never quite works and some bemusing out of place scenes...
The boy picks up his teacher in a gay bar and takes him to the shower room at school? with no explanation...
The main character is possessed by Freddy and Freddy is only in his dreams...is he gay or is Freddy gay?!
Robert Englund hates this movie which is unsurprising
Set five years after the events of the first film, new kid Jessie along with his clueless family move into the house where the heroine from the last film lived. Soon he's visited by Freddy Krueger who wants to possess him so he can carry out his murders in the real world. Soon things go awry in the house: the heat goes up with no reason, their pet bird goes berserk and bursts into flames and the such. Jessie sleep walks into a gay BDSM bar where he encounters his leather daddy gym teacher who makes him do laps in the gym (because that'll teach Jessie a lesson). While Jessie is in the showers, Freddie appears and slices up the gym teacher. Meanwhile, Jessie's friend Lisa has the hots for him but really he has the hots for his hunky classmate Grady. At a party, Lisa tries to have sex with Jessie at a party but Freddie takes over his body as a sort of no no, you really want to be with Grady. But since his feelings are oppressed Jessie as Freddie kills Grady as a no no, your feelings aren't socially acceptable in 1985. Freddie has fully possessed the body of Jessie, mild mayhem ensues back at Lisa's party and then there's an abrupt, ineffective finale.
The whole film is shoddy and absurd. Not at all as scary as the original and the whole subject matter is too dated to hold up to today's society. If this was simply a film about oppressed sexuality, it could've been edgy and interesting but they went and threw Freddy Krueger into the mix for the sake of calling it "Nightmare on Elm Street, Part 2: Freddy's Revenge". Also, what revenge? I didn't see any element of revenge in this film. "Freddy's Possession" would've been a more appropriate subtitle. Then again Lisa could've called an exorcist and called it a day. Skip this entry in the series.