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A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (movie review)

What. The. Hell. Happend?

How quickly can the wheels fall off a franchise? Like they say in baseball, “Your team is only as good as your next day’s starting pitcher,” and in the case of Nightmare movies, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge is the sort of dude who just throws the ball right down the middle at a pedestrian 85 miles per hour and gets annihilated in the first inning. (Baseball, October… synergy!)

This review is going to be rife with spoilers, but then, this movie is nearly 30 years old, so that kinda comes with the territory.

The movie, as a concept, sounds fine if you were to divorce it from the premise of the first movie. The idea of a ghost who takes possession of someone to wreak his horrible revenge is a fascinating concept, but it doesn’t work here because the audience can’t figure out the rules. Does Jesse have to be asleep for Freddy to take over his body and murder people? Or wait, does Freddy pop out of him and murder people? Or, is that what Jesse sees? No, Freddy definitely pops out of him and murders people… so, why does the glove appear on Jesse’s hand… sometimes but not all the time.

I don’t get it.

Also, what the hell are Freddy’s powers now? Obviously, he can possess not only people, but parakeets as well.  Yes.  Parakeets.  That’s easily the best animal form to take when you want to murder humans – an bird smaller than a fist. So, when you’re not just a ghost, but someone who can traverse the physical plane, possess people and conjure lightning to strike the dish drainer (not to mention the toaster incident or electrifying the fence, which didn’t kill the guy, but only prevented him form escaping), the best thing to do when your prey is on the run is to… bite their leg.

Freddy’s Revenge is also heavily drenched in what I’m going to refer to as the “I see it, but I don’t believe it!” method of making your movie stupid. Jesse clearly has this problem (he’s got Freddy Krueger popping out of him periodically), but people’s indifference to his obvious suffering breaks the reality of the movie for me. There’s the idea of adults not believing kids (a classic movie trope), and then there’s a dad who’s got a house full of exploding appliances and pets and yet still wants know, “What drugs are you taking, and who are you getting them from?” Hey, jackhole, your pet bird murdered your other pet bird and then exploded!  Since this is an event that literally happened and not a hallucination by Jessie, it wouldn’t matter if he was freebasing heroin at the breakfast table!

Still, this movie has some cool practical effects (Freddy bursting out of Jessie in his buddy’s room) and if you’re a fan of the franchise or even just the genre, check it out. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge isn’t perfect, but it’s only 85 minutes and… you know… weird bus scene bookends.  That’s fun…  I guess.

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About Jamie Insalaco

Jamie Insalaco is the author of CreativeJamie.com, BomberBanter.com and editor in chief of ComicBookClog.com

Posted on October 29, 2014, in movie review and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Ugh. The WORST in a series I love. The only one I’ve only watched once. Nice review. 🙂

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