2-1 - Movie Review: A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Part 2New Line Cinema
1985
R

“If you want to play with animals, Mr. Walsh, join the circus.”

Five years have passed since Freddy Krueger was sent howling back to hell. But now, a new kid on Elm Street is being haunted every night by gruesome visions of the deadly dream stalker. And if his twisted soul takes possession of the boy’s body, Freddy will return from the dead to wreak bloody murder and mayhem upon the entire town.

The second movie in the original Nightmare On Elm Street franchise, subtitled Freddy’s Revenge, was not unexpected, as the first movie had an insanely popular horror fan base and made money for the fledgling New Line Cinema. But, Wes Craven wanted nothing to do with any sequels, let alone this one. Craven never envisioned A Nightmare On Elm Street being more than a one-and-done horror flick. But, with or without the man who brought Freddy to life, New Line was forging ahead with the hot new property. And the resulting A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge was…um…think of this as the Jason Goes To Hell of the Nightmare On Elm Street series.

Really, there’s a lot that was wrong with this movie. And not just the very thinly veiled homo-eroticism of the script. Seriously, take out the Freddy horror element, and you’ve pretty much got an After School Special about a high school boy with questions about his sexuality and the frustrated Physical Education teacher with a bondage fetish who brings him out of his shell. And while you’re sitting there wondering what sick and twisted After School Specials did I grow up watching, I’ll just tell you that it was the mishandling of Freddy that trips up Freddy’s Revenge all on its own.

Let’s face it: Freddy is the killer that stalks and kills in your nightmares. When you dream, and he’s got his sights on you, you’re in his world, a world where he wields your psyche as a surrealistic weapon gleefully. There’s no need for him to want to do his thing in the waking (read: REAL) world; what’s the point? And yet, here we have him not only wanting to do just that, but also trying to coerce someone into doing his dirty work for him in the mean time.

Overall, Freddy’s Revenge doesn’t really seem like an actual sequel to the first Nightmare On Elm Street movie. It’s my understanding that Wes Craven didn’t really want this to be an ongoing series of movies, and didn’t like the idea of the change to the premise, which was why he declined being a part of this sequel. There were some decent ideas that maybe would have worked as a stand-alone movie that wasn’t about Freddy or the first film. As it stands, though, unless for some reason I decide to watch all the movies in the series in a Lost Weekend Marathon setting, I don’t forsee watching A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge any time soon.

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