Movie Review: "A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge" (1985)
DISCLAIMER: This review may contain spoilers.
Back in the good old days of the 1980's, after "A Nightmare on Elm Street" was released and turned into an overnight success, the franchise itself was still very young, it was extremely ripe with many different avenues to explore, no mistakes had been made yet, no horrid sequels. Well, unfortunately, Freddy Krueger undergoes all of that here in the second movie, "A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge".
In 'Freddy's Revenge', the filmmakers go down the wrong avenue, make a lot of mistakes, and a bad sequel all in one shot. Okay, the movie has some good parts in it. There's the opening nightmare sequel involving a school bus which is absolutely spectacular, the scene makes you think 'Hey, this just may be a very good movie'. Then towards the end of the film, there's a great massacre sequence at a pool party.
Plot-wise, "A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge" picks up with a new family moving into the house from the original and the protagonist is a teenage boy named Jesse (big mistake #1). Many strange things begin happening around the house and Jesse begins experiencing nightmares involving Freddy Krueger. There's a pretty decent female love interest too, but I wouldn't look too much into her, being that this movie strays far from being anything 'heterosexual'.
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Freddy Krueger has a Gay Old Time
From a directorial standpoint, "A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge" seems homosexually-inspired. For starters, we have a male lead which is a big no-no in these 'Nightmare on Elm Street' movies, which is why the filmmakers never repeat this mistake again from Part 3 onward. Not to mention, this male protagonist in particular screams like a lady.
Then we have the high school coach who appears to be a cross-dresser, as we come to find out in a scene where Jesse somehow finds himself wandering into a gay-ish S&M nightclub and the coach ends up stopping him from drinking a beer. Furthermore, the coach soon dies after getting whipped to a bloody pulp with jump ropes by your's truly, Freddy Krueger. This is 80's homosexuality at its finest here.
The Not-So Powerful Dream Master
So the big plot of this movie is that Freddy Krueger needs to use Jesse's body to do his killing for him. But why? He didn't have this problem in the first movie. This really makes no sense. The man can walk into anyone's dream and terrify them but now he needs someone in the real world to do his dirty work for him? The only good thing that comes out of this stupid plot is that it leads up to a pretty cool sequence near the end where Freddy comes out of Jessie's body to slaughter a bunch of teens at a pool party.
Random Things That Make No Sense
- Why is there a scene solely dedicated to Jesse cleaning his room while dancing to music? Granted, it's only a about a minute or so long but it just seems so random and out of place here in this movie. It's like something you would find in a teen comedy not horror. Even if it were in a teen comedy film, I must say the scene is still cringeworthy and far from being anything remotely funny, it's more along the lines of embarrassing.
- So when strange things start happening in Jesse's house, the heat seems to be one of the most prominent issues here. There's a mysterious heat which becomes present throughout the house that is never explained nor followed up on. If I were to guess, I'd say it has something to do with the furnace downstairs since that's where Jessie met Freddy in the beginning, but no cigar.
What Should Have Been Done
This sequel should have been axed from the get-go. It follows up after the first "A Nightmare on Elm Street" film but the sequels that followed after this one pay no mind to 'Freddy's Revenge' (good riddance). So you might as well just skip Part 2 and move onto Part 3, being that this film is never referenced again throughout the rest of the series.
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