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July 16, 2018
A fun underrated movie, but The story is kinda boring. Still i lille Jesse and his scream??
June 18, 2018
While I understand why fans of the original may be disappointed in this sequal, I actually liked A Nightmare on Elm Street 2. If you can get pass some if it's major flaws it's an enjoyable entry into the film series.
June 2, 2018
The Idea is not bad but it rather stops the franchise . Movie is still enjoyable .
May 13, 2018
"A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge" is the 1985 sequel to the original film, written by David Chaskin and directed by Jack Sholder. This time, a new family moves into Nancy's house from the first "Nightmare" and a teenage boy named Jesse falls prey to Fred Krueger's machinations via his dreams.

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.
April 4, 2018
This is the last movie where Freddy is genuinely scary. It cops so much shit, but doesn't deserve it. The only sequel to dare to take risks and expand on Freddy's myth. Yeah, its got gay undertones, but that's only a problem if you're homophobic I guess.
½ February 17, 2018
Such a vast improvement on the first...The central character is compelling and undergoes an arc. Every character is actually fully-developed and realized. The score is fantastic. The horror is beyond the hunt and prey...it is about an eerie atmosphere and the deconstruction of a man's sanity. It has American Werewolf in London style body horror, executed wonderfully. Dreams are actually treated with finesse and creativity. Without the first movie attached to it, it would be an even better standalone. Freddy is actually more than a nothing monster--he has a point here and there is actual fear surrounding him. The music and directing are leaps and bounds beyond the first (nothing feels stale or forced down your throat). This is in fact the Terminator 2 of horror sequels.

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.
February 15, 2018
The only thing that works for this movie is laughing at some of the truly weird stuff that randomly pops up. A poor sequel to a great horror movie, although the bus scenes retain twisted fun.
½ January 20, 2018
I am giving it a .5 out 5 and that is me being generous. The film starts somewhat strong but like the careers of cast members it becomes forgettable. One part of the film confused me beyond belief. The main character ends up in a gaybar and I assume his ref is one of the people....the ref makes him go back to his school and run as punishment. This movie only belongs in one place, as a film that MST3k makes fun of in one of their shows.
½ January 2, 2018
The opening scene with the school bus is memorable and the best part of the film, sadly what follows is a letdown.
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
December 25, 2017
This was a good follow up to the original Nightmare on elm street.Part One introduced us to Freddy but part two Put Freddy on the map. The plot was good the acting could have been better but Robert Englunds acting was on point. some parts were outta of hand like the gym teacher getting hit towels and the dogs with faces looked dumb but for the most part it was alright. The Original is the best but part two held its own
½ December 7, 2017
Nostalgia moment - I remember in the video store the poster for this film and the school bus. It was all about the school bus which was done in the first ten minutes. Still like this movie.
½ November 23, 2017
The most unintentional gay movie I?ve ever seen
October 30, 2017
Disappointing sequel to the horror classic that feels more like a cash grab but it's subtext does have greater relevance today. The cast is okay, with the only real standout, of course, being Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger, who still brings plenty of menace & fun to the role (one of his classic lines, "You are all my children now", came from this film). Behind the camera, director Jack Sholder doesn't follow much of the mythos set in the first film (dreams don't even factor in for the most part), though the homosexual/sexuality subtext plays more interesting today. Jesse's conflict does have some parallels to embracing one's sexuality but is so heavy-handed at times, it doesn't quite work (the way the coach is killed is almost a parody). Overall, while not the worst film in the franchise (that is still "Freddy's Dead"), it's inability to stick to the mythos of Freddy Krueger makes it lacking.
October 25, 2017
This is my least favorite out of the whole series. They kind of took the dream lore of Freddy and threw it out the window. The result was just a mess and a frustration to watch. Thankfully, the series improved as it went on.
½ October 22, 2017
A Nightmare On Elm Street 2 Freddy's Revenge: Weak, uneven, and overstuffed. Lacking the thrills and scares of the orignal.
½ October 15, 2017
Not as bad as everyone says it is, but you can't just give the killer a new power that was never established before
½ September 27, 2017
Essentially, a film about repressed homosexuality featuring Freddy Krueger.... yea. I understand it came out in 1985 and during the Reagan era this was a taboo subject matter but these film makers could have went about it much more mature.
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.
½ September 24, 2017
Wes Craven should have been more involved. Re watched this movie forgot how bad it was
September 22, 2017
This wasn't a bad movie at all to me. This is my 4th favorite movie in the series.
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