More Freddy is coming your way, in this second installment of the Nightmare on Elm Street films (originals, of course). How did he survive the last film? What will he do to Nancy now that he is back? How will the people who survived his brutality from the first film react to his return? Surely, the filmmakers knew that viewers to this sequel would be chomping at the bits to have such answers addressed.
Thankfully, I had time to view all the films in their entirety not too far back, and now, as part of this series on films to be “enjoyed” during this Halloween season, I give to you:
31 Days of Films and Frights – Day 6: A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 – Freddy’s Revenge
Director: Jack Sholder
Cast: Robert Englund, Mark Patton, Kim Myers
Country: United States
Specs: 87 mins. / Color / OAR 1.85.1 / MPAA Rating: R
Rating: ★★ / D
Returning serial killer Freddy Krueger begins to haunt the dreams of a young man, in an attempt to take control of his body, thus enabling Krueger to reenter the realm of reality, where he can continue his bloody murderous spree.
Not sure what they were thinking? This sequel entirely ignores the “rules” set up for us in the previous pic, and turns more into a confusing, plotless, haunted house flick.
In the original film that started the franchise off, Freddy wore a glove with knives on it. Here, while the glove does appear in scenes, the knives on are now coming directly out of his fingers, more akin to Wolverine, or Marvel comics fame. Also, there is zero instance of Freddy affecting the lives of the children of those who “killed” him through their dreams. Instead, he is able to enter the real world, possess people to the point of their transformation into him, and “haunt” the house of the original films heroine, Nancy.
The above would be forgivable were it cleverly written, or performed by actors with any life in their performances (sans Englund, natch). Sadly, neither of these aforementioned necessities are featured here. There is corny acting, inane decisions by characters, and little sense to be made in this silly entry in the series.
Just to point out a few of the problems, Jessy, after having killed (as Freddy) his best friend, runs to his girlfriend Lisa’s house for help. He stands there covered in blood, and she reacts as though nothing were wrong.
When Jessy transforms into Freddy in front of Lisa, and then disappears in a puff of fire and smoke, she decides to drive to the abandoned factory to find him (of course, there is NOTHING story-wise to explain why she would do this).
Not sure why they chose to go this route, but the only nightmares it gave me were the knowledge that I cannot get those precious 87 minutes back. Argh.