A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge
Robert Shaye, Stanley Dudelson (executive), Stephen Diener (executive) for New Line, Smart Egg Pictures, Media Home Entertainment, Heron Communications
directed by Jack Sholder
starring Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Robert Englund, Robert Rusler, Clu Galager, Hope Lange, Marshall Bell, Melinda O.Fee, Tom McFadden, Sydney Walsh, Edward Blackoff, Christie Clark, Lyman Ward, Donna Bruce, Hart Sprager, Allison Barron, JoAnn Willette, Steve Eastin, Brian Wimmer, Robert Chaskin, Kerry Remsen, Kimberly Lynn, Steven Smith, Jonathan Hart
written by David Chaskin, music by Christopher Young, special makeup effects by Kevin Yagher
A Nightmare on Elm Street/Freddy Krueger
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Highschool kid Jesse (Mark Patton) has been having nightmares for weeks
now, in which his schoolbus is driven to certain doom by one Freddy
Krueger (Robert Englund), a terribly burnt man with a razorblade-glove.
Thing is, his nightmares and Freddy Krueger eventually seem to start to
take over his real life, and eventually, when Jesse dreams to kill the
sadistic highschool coach (Marshall Bell), he turns up dead for real - and
Jesse can't swear that he didn't do it. The next night he finds himself
leaning over his kid sister's bed, wearing Freddy's razorblade glove ready
to strike ... now he knows he's possessed by Freddy who wants to use him
as a gaateway to the real world, and the only solution is that he won't
sleep anymore - which makes him seem to be more and more of a weirdo to
anyone around, only his girlfriend Lisa (Kim Myers) seems sympathetic ...
Thing is, at a party at Lisa's place, when the two are making out, he
suddenly turns to Freddy and almost kills her before slaughtering quite a
number of her partyguests. Later that night, Jesse - as himself again -
shows up at his friend Ron's (Robert Rusler) house and asks him to watch
over him while he sleeps - but once again, Jesse turns to Freddy, and he
slaughters Ron as well.
Jesse then disappears, but Lisa, who has done some research on his
dream character Freddy Krueger, figures she will be able to find him in
the abandoned boiler room where Freddy once worked - and really, in the
boiler room she comes face to face with Freddy, who has now totally taken
over Jesse - or so it seems - but with a combination of your typical
monsterfighting skills and pure love for Jesse, Lisa is able to get Jesse
back and get rid of Freddy for good - or is she ?
Oh boy, what a waste of time, a totally unoriginal shocker (especially
when compared to the original Nightmare
on Elm Street) that's totally free of any tension or suspense
instead relies entirely on its too silly to be true story and some
(admittedly well-made) special effects. That most of the actors are not
really up to their roles doesn't help one bit either, nor do their garish
1980's hairdos, makeup and outfits - ouch.
Without a doubt, one of the worst parts of the Nightmare on Elm