A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)

DailyView: Day 124, Movie 197

I have said multiple times that I was never a fan of slasher movies so I rarely watched them when I was younger. So while I was aware of the A Nightmare on Elm Street series of films, I have actually seen very few. I have seen the original film and I have seen the Dream Warriors (Part 3). Tonight I put on A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge. The Rotten Tomatoes scores were pretty poor (critic 41%, audience 33%) and, because of that, my expectations were fairly low.

Freddy Krueger(Robert Englund) returned to Elm Street and possessed new student Jesse (Mark Patton) by haunting his dreams. Freddy looked to use Jesse to be his anchor in the real world and to continue Freddy’s reign of terror.

Okay, starting off, there was actually something among the premise of this movie that really worked. The idea of Freddy Krueger tormenting the dreams of a young man in order to take control of his physical form is quite interesting. The dynamics of the relationships and the potential for some deep character work is off the charts. There are some themes hidden here that are intriguing, but not developed enough.

Unfortunately, everything else here was below average to terrible. The acting was atrocious. What could have been a subtle and intense story of possession and mental illness was just over the top insanity and none of the actors invovled here were able to carry the potential of the premise.

Another issue was the dialogue. It was bad. It sounded like a middle school kid wrote it. The weakness of the acting and the dialogue was too much to get past.

The special effects were okay for a mid-1980s movie. Unfortunately, there were not enough scares connected to the special effects. In fact, there was one of the worst effects I think I have ever seen with an exploding parakeet. The falling feathers was laughable.

Freddy’s Revenge had a chance to be more than what it was. It was a chance that failed miserably.

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