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A 1985 sequel to A Nightmare on Elm Street

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Invite Freddy to your next pool party

  • Feb 2, 2009
What can I say about "Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge"? Hmmm, not as good as the original, but then again were any of the sequels? However there was still this "somewhat" dark edge to "Nightmare on Elm Street 2" that ended being lost as the series continued. Now what do I mean by "somewhat dark edge", well please kept reading.

This sequel begins with Jesse (the main character) and his family moving into the same home where Nancy Thompson (the heroin from part one) use to live. Well to make a long story short, Jesse ends up having the same problems with Freddy Krueger that Nancy had. The one difference is Freddy uses Jesse's body as a conduit to enter the real world from the dream world.

Sounds like a creepy little movie huh? Well this is where it becomes very comical. Jesse is a very androgynous guy. What does that mean? Well he is very wishy-washy and is always making a fuss. Despite the fact that Freddy Krueger is tormenting him, Jesse still shouldn't be that much of a wimp. One part I really like is when Jesse is dancing as he is moving into his new room in his new house. Check this dance out, as well as the song he is jamming to, only then you will understand what I mean. There is a girl named Lisa (Kim Myers) in this movie that is really cute and into Jesse, yet Jesse is really lacking any skills in the ladies department, so we find him dropping the ball many times in this movie. Then there is the blood curdling, girly scream that Jesse does when he is scared. I couldn't replicate this scream if I tried. Now when this "scream" happens and it happens more than once, I start laughing so hard I can't stand it. IT IS HILARIOUS!!!! The actor who played Jesse is Mark Patton, I am not sure what he was trying to do with this role but his performance is one of the funniest things I have ever seen on the silver screen.

There are other funny parts in this movie which include the family's pet bird exploding, the death of the high school gym coach, Jesse's screaming (I can't get past it) and the climax of the film which takes place at a pool party. This scene is amazing, Freddy starts creating havoc at a pool party full of teenagers. There is one teenager who tries "non-violent intervention" the result is a crack up!!!!!

Is this a great horror movie, not really, is it entertaining oh yes. In the later movies Freddy really became the wise cracking jester. In this movie there is still an insidious aspect of Freddy even thought he has less than fifteen minutes screen time in the entire movie. My rating reflects the enjoyment factor above the proverbial horror factor. Nevertheless, I would take "Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge" over any recent horror movie any day or night of the week!!

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Quick Tip by . April 07, 2012
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Out of all the Nightmare on Elm Street sequels out there, this one is the worst from what I can remember. Unlike the first film and New Nightmare, I wasn't really scared at all in this. Jesse was an annoying, whiny douche, and the acting overall was stiff at best.      If the above isn't enough of an incentive for you to avoid this, just watch this scene and you won't be able to take the film seriously at all (embedding was disabled, otherwise I would have done so).   …
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After seeing A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge you as the audience will have to ask yourself "Are scriptwriters supposed to see the movie they're writing a sequel for, or just guess what the story is?" That's exactly what Nightmare 2 comes across as, because no one seems to have a clue as to what type of movie they're supposed to be making.     So the story is that Freddy Krueger wants to possess some boy whose moved into the house formerly inhabited by Nancy from …
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The first sequel to the Nightmare on Elm Street series.
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: November 1, 1985
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: August 22, 2000
Runtime: 87 minutes
Studio: New Line Cinema
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