New Line Cinema
“It’s now or never. I’m not gonna kid you, this is as dangerous as it gets. If you die in this dream, it’s for real. Nobody has to go in that doesn’t want to.”
After the misfire that was the first sequel in the Nightmare On Elm Street series, things were thankfully brought back to the roots that made the first Nightmare On Elm Street movie work – namely, Freddy was back terrorizing kids in their nightmares, instead of trying to possess the body of someone to make it to the real world. Also, Heather Langenkamp was back as Nancy, this time at a psychologist specializing in dream research. And having the setting in a psychiatric hospital for teens was a good move on the plot. This ups the ante from the first movie, as questions of what is really happening and what is just the delusions of a mentally unstable individual keeps the psychological tense-ness pretty thick.
As far as sequels to this series go, Part 3: Dream Warriors is one of the better ones, as it explores the mythos a bit deeper, as well as having a very capable cast as the group of protagonists taking on Freddy. The effects are decent and the end battle is pretty memorable.
If you’re so inclined, go ahead and skip Part 2, and go directly to Part 3, as it feels like a true sequel to A Nightmare On Elm Street.