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A 1985 sequel to A Nightmare on Elm Street

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Mystery Science Theater fans; this one's for you!

  • Nov 2, 2009
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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 the first film in order to start killing people again...why? Doesn't Freddy Krueger kill teenagers in their dreams? Apparently he got his dream haunting license revoked by Satan between this sequel and the original due to his embarrassment at the hand of one teenage girl with a booby trap book, because he doesn't kill anyone in their dreams throughout this entire film. Nope, instead he has to try and possess some dude in order to...get in the real world? Really? I though Freddy was WEAKEST when in the real world. Doesn't everything in Craven's original film kind of show him as a pushover when he was brought into Nancy's real house? So why Freddy wants to get in the real world where he's vulnerable to REAL pain is beyond me.

Then we have our actors. A fresh, new teenage cast who befalls one of the world's most feared forces: a crippling lack of talent! No one in this movie could act, and spend most of the time seeming to struggle to remember lines or motions which leads to some of the most unintentionally funny bits I've ever seen in a film not featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000...in fact thinking back at it, in this film you'll see more laughable, unintentional homoerotica than all of Joel Schmaucher's Batman & Robin!

Then there's the script writing such as a bird randomly exploding after apparently getting bird rabies from Freddy. The father's response to a - an obviously paper - bird exploding is accusing his son of shoving a cherry bomb into it...HOW? This is simply the one quote I remember, but trust me, the entire script is full of these moments. Only person who gets out of here with any dignity is Robert Englund, who luckily just has a few lines, most of which are short monologues or one-liners (which I sure hope were intentionally written to evoke laughs from Englund's deep Freddy voice cursing).

Unless you're a fan of MST3K style riffing of bad movies (which, luckily, I am and thus made it through this movie A-OK) than you will want to avoid this movie at all costs. This movie, for those joking crowds, definitely falls under the "So-Bad-It's-Good" genre, but that doesn't change the fact that if you aren't into that you will hate, hate, HATE this movie with a passion.

If you're a fan of Wes Craven's character then you will want to avoid most of the Nightmare sequels (#3 is worth giving a try though), but if you're not a fan of unintentionally funny movies and would prefer to see Freddy as Wes Craven conceived him I suggest sticking to the original film and Wes Craven's New Nightmare.

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April 07, 2012
Well said. I gotta get a hold of Mike Nelson and his robot pals and see if they'll make a RiffTrax for this turd. Also, kudos for the New Nightmare recommendation; that's a sequel that's actually good.
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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).   …
review by . February 02, 2009
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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) …
review by . May 14, 2009
Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2 is the second film in the Freddy Krueger series. This time his main target is the son of a man who just but the Elm Street house. Freddy preys on this sexually confused kid and forces him to do his bidding and uses him to serve his twisted needs. Can poor Jesse over come the strong willpower of Freddy? Will he be able to discover his true self? Watch and find out, you'll be surprised! Strange stuff.    What I liked about this film was the filmmakers …
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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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