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

Mike / October 17th, 2011

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  • October 17, 2011 at 12:24 am

    WOOT WOOT FIRST! Love Cinemassacre Monster Madness! GO JAMES GO!

  • Twilightsucks

    October 17, 2011 at 12:24 am

    SECOND FUCK YEAH I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!

  • October 17, 2011 at 12:36 am

    I always thought that broad in the movie looked alot like a “ginger” Meryl Streep. Damn fine review.

  • chaz1672002

    October 17, 2011 at 12:43 am

    What movie is that at the beginning?

  • TehJedicake

    October 17, 2011 at 12:49 am

    lol fucking teacher, if it’s not school time you can fuck off, amirite

  • Darthleather

    October 17, 2011 at 12:49 am

    That movie at the start with the green monster was “Class of Nuke’em High.”

  • rigby127

    October 17, 2011 at 12:52 am

    This movie is no where near as shitty as some of the other “Nightmare on Elm Street”s are.

  • October 17, 2011 at 1:03 am

    no way, hands down this is the worst Elm st….

  • maikii

    October 17, 2011 at 1:05 am

    I love this movie. Your review definitely seemed a bit rushed, though… Grady’s death is the best in the series and you just kinda skimmed over it. There’s no bullshit wisecracks, no gimmick, just Freddy slashing the shit out of him. Also woulda been nice if you showed Freddy’s “Help yourself, fucker.” line.

  • Darthleather

    October 17, 2011 at 1:09 am

    I actually like this movie more than 4,5,and 6. One thing strange about it is that Freddy all of a sudden is not content to be a dream killer. He never wanted to come into the real world in any of the other movies. Maybe in New Nightmare, but that wasn’t really Freddy.

  • yetis

    October 17, 2011 at 1:54 am

    Thanks for censoring that.

  • eyeofodin

    October 17, 2011 at 1:54 am

    @chaz1672002
    I think the movie in the intro is “Class Of Nuke em High” from Troma.

  • Torus202

    October 17, 2011 at 2:16 am

    This is definately not the worst “Elm Street” movie. It was trying to be a little different, but it was before most of the lore was set for the character.

    Freddy’s Dead. Part 6 was truly the worst. The cameo with Rosanne and Tom Arnold made me cringe it was so bad, but James will get to that one soon.

  • arsenonedah

    October 17, 2011 at 2:39 am

    man I love Freddys Revenge! that parakeet exploding is the shiiiiyyytt!!!

  • ziro67

    October 17, 2011 at 2:40 am

    While it might not be as bad as people say it is still almost as bad as 5.

  • TommytheCat42

    October 17, 2011 at 3:00 am

    “People have analyzed the supposed gayness of this movie… I never even thought about it.” (as we see Jesse wearing an open shirt wandering into a gay bar, his beefy coach wearing a black leather S&M outfit, then being tied up naked in the gym shower and whipped on the ass, covered by a censor bar)

    hmm….

  • October 17, 2011 at 3:04 am

    YYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHh 18 comment I am sooooooooooooo aweeeeeesome!!!!!!

    Anyways #2 was a good sequel it gets a lotta rap for being kinda a different change of pace. Different main character. I did love the ending and the twists this one has. It’s quite wonderful.

  • blair85

    October 17, 2011 at 3:17 am

    Yet another one that won’t play for some reason, this is really starting to get annoying

  • SqueakyG

    October 17, 2011 at 3:21 am

    This is a more interesting entry in the series than the later ones, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good movie. It’s the odd one out. Freddy’s MO is all wrong: he wants to possess the main character, then come out into the real world? Not Freddy’s style at all. It feels like this was some other script that got adapted into a NOES sequel. It’s some kind of teenage Jekyll & Hyde story about growing pains turning you into a monster.

    Oh, and gay subtext. Yeah it’s totally there once it’s been pointed out to you. The coach in his gay-bar fetish gear, then spanked on the bare ass with towels. Freddy is a metaphor for the homosexuality inside Jesse — something that feels like a monster that has to come out, but he’s scared of the consequences. I guess it’s a little offensive, especially since his girlfriend’s LOVE is what buries that homosexuality back down and lets him be straight and normal! But what do you expect — the writer and director admitted that they had NO IDEA there was any gay subtext in what they were making.

    Anyway. It’s not very good and not very true to the series, but it has some good points. I think this is the scariest Freddy makeup in the series — it’s so demonic and waxy — and Freddy is still totally scary.

  • 19Szabolcs91

    October 17, 2011 at 4:46 am

    I really wish this review was longer, since there’s a lot to say. You basically skipped how in this movie Freddy uses a different method than before (possession). Thing is, he’s weak because he’s forgotten, and can’t enter anyone else’s dream. That’s why he has to enter the real world, to cause fear and make teenagers afraid of him again.

    This is also one of the few movies where the main character who’s tormented is a guy, and he’s really convincing. Maybe it’s this reason (he’s too weak/whiny) some people say this movie is gay, although the gay bar, the spanking and all the male nudity in this movie doesn’t help either.

    What I really didn’t like is that the Nightmare theme music isn’t in this one (it’s in all the others), but whatever. It’s still one of the scarier Nightmare films, Freddy is still kinda like in the first movie and less over the top. Although I have to say, I really love his over the topness.

    I liked this one, I give it a 6.5/10, but there are a lot better sequels in the series.

  • Bassie02

    October 17, 2011 at 4:49 am

    So weird that people are saying that this movie ‘isn’t that bad’, but it is. For me, a fan of the Monster Madness Marathons, this video is real dissapointing. First I thought James would just tell the story, and leave it there since the movies sucks so hard, but he is saying that you should check it. Really?

    And yes, I watched it along with part 1, 3 and 4 on the same day, and this movie was no doubt the worst of these four.

    I was not thrilled at all, and this movie just denies all ‘rules’ of Freddy. at the end, I had this feeling of how random this movie iss, because Freddy can do so much different things. Despite his allmighty power, the movie still has some dumb plotholes.

    Take for instance the scene where Freddy is at the party. The parents are locked up in the bedroom by a invisible force, but meanwhile, Freddy is slicing away. The father does have a shotgun, but he dissided just to wait till the doors opens, I guess.
    When some teenagers kick him out of the house, the door of the bedroom slowly opens by itself. Yes, the lock went of the door by itself. By itself.

    It’s a really dumb movie, which isn’t scary at all because of its randomness and inconsistenty. Oh, and that scene where Freddy is killing some at the pool, was not frightening or funny in any way. In fact, it puts Freddy literally in the spotslight – from head to toe – showing how, well, goofy he looks.

    I hoped this video was more specific and complete. I do understand that a lot of people had fun watching this, but for me, this movie felt for me as a real waste of time.

  • Holidayruin

    October 17, 2011 at 5:04 am

    I have no doubt in my mind that Saw is next on the list…
    There’s seven Saws, and there’s seven left after Elm St.

  • October 17, 2011 at 5:13 am

    How could you not notice anything gay in this movie ? I mean one of the writers admitted that Jesse is actually a gay character! He dances in his room with a wooden stick and he pretends its his dick (heh that rims) ! plus the gym teacher gets spanked in the shower space naked! I think this is probably one of the worst of the elm street series, but Freddys makeup is probably the best in this one. 5 out 10

  • songersoft

    October 17, 2011 at 5:27 am

    Love your work James, thanks for this sequel thon.

  • superca.in

    October 17, 2011 at 5:30 am

    By the way, this is my NOES ranking:

    1. NOES 3
    2. NOES 1
    3. New Nightmare
    4. NOES 2
    5. NOES 4 (only the intro rocks, the rest sucks)
    6. NOES 5 (sucks all the way to the end)
    7. Freddy’s Death (sucks big time)

    I dont count Freddy vs Jason because that was a joke, and the remake, well, it was so bad that it would get ranked out anyway…

  • darkest_fugue

    October 17, 2011 at 5:42 am

    im always in the minority on this but i always though part 2 was the best freddy movie, slickest production best music best effects best set pieces best makeup because i never saw freddy looking as good as he did in this, that whole gay bar thing is a joke, helloooo, didnt you see the women in it???? its obviously an s&m style place which i like because it give the movie a dark risque edge, i thought part 3 was the best when i saw it first but last year at 35 i watched all the elm street movies again and as an adult part 2 stood above the rest by a mile. there are a few cringe worthy scenes in part 3 and the stupid mechanical decent on a bed and shameless use of whats obviously a dummy at the end of part 1 date the movie badly, i seen more realistic dummys watching benny hill, after part 3 the rest of them arent even worth mentioning because it became beyond a joke, freddys revenge all the way!!!

  • darkest_fugue

    October 17, 2011 at 5:45 am

    sorry for the grammar mistakes, by the way James, fantastic site, your a great entertainer, all the best from ireland

  • Tullerman

    October 17, 2011 at 6:09 am

    except for the 7th movie this is my least favorite in the franchise (still like it a lot though but I hate the main character, so lame)

  • Dr. Scientist

    October 17, 2011 at 6:31 am

    I was hoping you’d have more to say about this one, being that its probably the most drastic departure out of all the Freddy films (not counting New Nightmare). This is probably my favorite one also, certainly the darkest in the franchise (also the most dated looking).

    I don’t mean to be too critical. Keep up the great work. I look forward to the next review!

  • angryrider

    October 17, 2011 at 6:50 am

    I just hope the guy who tells Freddy to calm down wasn’t named Frankie.

  • Xen11

    October 17, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Highly underrated. Maybe the best of them all. It’s certainly not bad. It’s not silly and farcical like the others. It’s darker than the first.

    That part where Jesse is told to go run laps feels like something that you would dream and makes sense only while you are dreaming. There’s a massive amount of pressure from school (which is what society wants, for you to be subservient, training you to obey) and I actually still have nightmares as an adult about being in school having to take tests and do well on them, even though I’ve grown to realize that its all bullshit, that childhood coding is programmed into my psyche.

    The tone and everything about this film is fucking great. That school bus dream is probably the best in atmosphere. There’s no cheese like the others and it just feels genuine.

    I don’t really care for that ending where “love” saves Jesse, but maybe I need to see this movie again. Maybe there’s symbolism there. Maybe its that it helps to have someone be there to save you when you are taken by a child molester.

    And that whole ‘gay’ symbolism thing, I totally see. That’s not a bad thing. The fact that its ridiculed only solidifies what this film is trying to say. It only adds to the symbolism and is another layer of the film. The actor is gay in real life, so its ironic. In that aspect of a teen ‘coming out of the closet’, this film shines even more. A Nightmare film that centers around the theme of a lone male teen in the ’80s being a homosexual and different, having to hide and Freddy representing his repressed true self that is seen as a monster to the outside world. I see the meaning of the ending now. It’s ACCEPTANCE. Lisa accepts Jesse and his evil label, the monstrous manifestation of being hated by the outside world is dissipated through the acceptance of a friend.

    I think this is the only Nightmare film that focuses on one character. Taken what I’ve explained above and have come to realize while writing this, I declare this the best Nightmare On Elm Street film.

    Maybe you should do a rereview, James.

  • BaronOfStuff

    October 17, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Argh, now I’ll have to watch this one again. It does seem better than I remember all of a sudden.

  • kult38

    October 17, 2011 at 7:30 am

    seems like these aren’t as good as your previous installments and i’m a big fan of the elm street series. i preferred your dracula and frankenstein reviews, and i haven’t even seen those movies. you can tell you are very passionate about them, where as these are shorter and contain less trivia and humor.

  • horrorfanboy

    October 17, 2011 at 7:52 am

    I like “Freddy’s Revenge.” too and I agree it’s not the worst of the series. The scene where Freddy kills Jesse’s friend Ron and the scene where Freddy crashes the pool party are the best things about it. It’s a decent sequel. Good work on the review.

  • knightm7

    October 17, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I noticed some actors I was familiar with there. This was the only Nightmare I saw on the big screen, the drive-in when I was 8-10! Even then it didn’t impress me too much. My neighbor’s mom yelled at her son, who was younger than me, to stop watching when Freddy/Jesse licks Jesse’s girlfriend’s cleavage.
    Hey, Freddie threw the kid into the grill and it went BOOM!

  • Michael_Syrigos

    October 17, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Neat review by James, he picked up all the correct points.

    I feel this was a good sequel to the first movie. I never really noticed the ‘gay’ scene thing, I always felt it was an S&M type bar, but maybe the gay bar joke scene from the Police Academy movies had an affect.

    From all the movies in the series I also feel it’s the one that distinguishes itself by having Freddy not just trying to kill people in his sleep, but trying to possess the body of the main character, as he sais ‘You’ll be the body, I’ll be the brains!’ haha.

    Awesome stuff.

  • Zeeboe

    October 17, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Freddy vs. Jason rules. It’s a great hybrid that I hope is included in James’s reviews. FVJ brings something new to the Nightmare on Elm Street series. Most of the Freddy sequels are always the “same ol, “same ol” with kids running around screaming “No Freddy! Don’t!”

    I’m also one of the few who likes part 2, but I love the original Nightmare on Elm Street and Freddy vs. Jason. Those are the ones I can watch over and over again through the years.

    The sequels however are films I can really only watch and finish like every five years or so. I guess because they all have too much in common.

  • RX_79

    October 17, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I always thought that , we as audience saw freddy, but every one else sees jesse. So the dude at the party was telling jesse to calm down, and didnt know that he was being controlled by freddy.

  • Cilliandrew

    October 17, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Nightmare on Elm Street 2 was actually the first Nightmare film i ever saw. I actually look back on it quite fondly. The bit where he rips out of the guy’s chest was one of the cooler fx i think i’ve ever seen!

    It does seem to be it’s own creature, not really fitting in with the other films, but that makes it stand out even more for me.

    Probably the best one besides the first and NEW NIGHTMARE.

  • bort

    October 17, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Yes, people have pointed out and made convincing arguments for the gay subtext. Here’s one from a gay perspective. http://campblood.org/Reviews/Review%20-%20Freddy%27s%20Revenge.htm

    I do find the implications troubling – gayness is a murderous monster defeated by the love of a good woman? I know it was the 80s, but still…

  • Jackred89

    October 17, 2011 at 9:38 am

    I love the original, 3, Freddy’s Dead, New Nightmare and Freddy vs. Jason. Honestly before I saw the remake I thought this is the worst Freddy movie ever made. It’s fucking horrible I mean it went against Wes Craven’s original dream concept. You don’t have much time seeing Freddy in the actual film except for the now famous party scene. It pisses me off that such an awtiful movie was made. I am aware that some of you guys out there love this movie. Hell it could be worst Creepshow III which is the absolute worst horror movie I ever seen. Anyway I’m a big fan of Freddy I usually get bored watching this movie a lot. Honestly this and the remake how can they fuck up Freddy this bad. I actually like majority of the movies though I do agree with some criticism. In the end do yourself a huge favor don’t fucking watching this no good piece of shit.

  • WestBuiltAMountain

    October 17, 2011 at 9:43 am

    I never saw this one – but why does it seem like he’s killing people in the real world and not the dream world? Isn’t the whole idea that you fall asleep and he gets you?

    I’m slightly confused by this.

  • junglejim89

    October 17, 2011 at 11:21 am

    im a huge freddy fan and i cant stand 2 because it completely takes freddy out of his element. hes never supposed to enter the real world because then hes not powerful or scary Freddys scaryness comes from him being able to control your dreams and kill you when your most vulnerable.

  • jumbotator

    October 17, 2011 at 11:41 am

    David Chaskin, the screenwriter for Freddy’s Revenge, has admitted that he meant for the movie to have a homosexual undertone.

  • Camrey619

    October 17, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Freddy’s Revenge was not soo bad, If you wanna se a bad NOES movie see Freddy’s Dead

  • chuckles1980

    October 17, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Well James I just want to say I really enjoy your reviews. The Frankenstein and Dracula reviews were bad ass. But I would have to say the Nightmare On Elm Street where some of the best horror movies ever and it seems you don’t care much of them? I don’t look forward to much in October. Monster Madness is one of them! I know your busy with the AVGN movie. but im sure you don’t want to lose fans due to rushed work. Im still a fan till the end. But some of my palls have quit watching your website. Just some info from a small bit of the fans.

  • October 17, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    “Imagine if Freddy Kruger was driving you to school, that’s be Awesome.” lol

  • dnlsalamanca

    October 17, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I feel like you are rushing through them. Unlike the Frankenstein films, in which you took time to explain certain plot lines, actors and fun facts. In here, you just told us what that movie is about and that’s it.

  • Ash Williams

    October 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Yes! Nightmare on Elm Street series are some of the best ones out there! But I have to say, I´m a little bit disappointed with the ANOES yesterday´s review, Dracula and Frankenstein ones were between 8 and 12 minutes long, but Nightmare only is 5 minutes long, why?? it has so much material to work with. Heather, Robert, Depp, Saxon, and the mythology of Freddy himself.

    One interesting point you didn´t touch, for example, is the fact of Wes Craven creating Freddy Krueger from 2 different experiences in his life.

    1. He had a friend in school, when they were childs, and his name was Fred Krueger, being the bully in the classroom made his life and his classmates a living hell.

    2. The outfit for Krueger was inspired when he was 10 years old. An ugly man was outside his house, staring at him by the window like for 5 minutes. He had a rotten shirt, a dark cloak and a dark hat, and was ugly as shit. That man gave Wes Craven nightmares, and in time, made him dream Freddy Krueger the way we know him today.

    You have a great monster madness videos James, I know you have a lot of things to do and it´s a pain in the ass to make a lot of this stuff, but please, don´t do it just because you have to do it, make them with passion, and research, the way you have done a lot of your greatest work!

  • Ash Williams

    October 17, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    By the way, this ANOES 2 video, is the worst I have ever seen in your website, 3 minutes long, you talk about random parts of the movie, and thats it. Seriously James, you can do better than this.

    And to make it clear, me and the other Cinemassacre fans don´t complain just for complain or to be annoying, we complain because we care about this stuff, we know you can do great videos, that´s why we enter this website and keep watching your work. But damn, this one really is disappointing. Hope ANOES 3 video it´s gonna be a lot longer and with better story and characters treatment, just like you did with Dracula and Frankenstein movies, they rock!

    Thanks for reading, and have a great monday!

  • October 17, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    @dnlsalamanca He’s making one video a day for a whole month. You try that, then get back to me when the length dips on one or two.

  • boogins

    October 17, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Whats great about James is that I dont remember this one and know feel the need to rewatch. Last year there was a documentary on NMOES movies maybe that is why James is not going overboard on this because so many have seen these movies and he prefers the older ones

  • Firewall_Philip_Hanan

    October 17, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Hmm…. A Nightmare on Elmentary Bus. That’ll scare little kids to death.

  • Nickzedick

    October 17, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Probably the first time ever I disagree with James, but this movie is absolute gayness. Great vids by the way.

  • Dr. Forrester

    October 17, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Anyone who’s complaining about length or content needs to quit being a bitch. They must have forgotten that this whole Monster Madness isn’t something James needs to do and is only doing it because of his love for the medium

  • sparkthoveen

    October 17, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I don’t feel like your putting as much thought into the elm street sequels. I could watch the trailer or another review to just hear what the movie is about. I’ve been a fan for a while now, hope you can find your passion again AV Nerd

  • October 17, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    James, you need to watch Never Sleep Again, the Nightmare on Elmstreet Documentary.. it gives SO much information as to why this movie is totally gay lol.. for one the main character is gay in real life and he stated he played the character to BE gay without even the director knowing it.. but even he admits the movie is 100% gay, and theres nothing wrong with that to be honest. im happy one of the Nightmares just so happens to be a GAY Nightmare hahaha!

  • Haisman

    October 17, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Thanks, James! :) Another great review!

  • Brian

    October 17, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Freddy coming out of Jesse’s body? Awesome.
    The pool party massacre? Awesome.
    Weird ass dog with human head? Awesome.
    Freddy brain reveal? Awesome.
    Freddy’s make up? Awesome. (best in the series)
    Freddy melting at the end? Awesome.
    Freddy using Jesse’s voice to provoke Lisa? Awesome.
    Awkward dance scene? Awesomely hilarious.
    Exploding parakeet? Awesomely hilarious.

    I could go on and on. Sure, it has it’s stupid moments, but so does every entry in the franchise (except maybe the first). Freddy’s Revenge is entertaining as Hell, and manages to be the darkest movie in the series despite having a few goofy moments. It’s a shitload better than the train wreck sequels and remake we got starting with The Dream Child.

  • mike99mccarthy

    October 17, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    “I don’t feel like your putting as much thought into the elm street sequels. I could watch the trailer or another review to just hear what the movie is about. I’ve been a fan for a while now, hope you can find your passion again AV Nerd”-sparkthoveen

    What are you talking about? He has only released 1 nightmare sequel review. This nightmare has the shortest running length in the franchise and
    Freddy is only onscreen for 13 minutes. there’s not much to comment on so James kept it short and sweet! Keep em coming!!

  • Doresh

    October 17, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    It’s not exactly a revenge if you attack people who had nothing to do with your last defeat. Well, there are a lot more ill-fitting horror movie titles around ^^

  • October 17, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    This movie for me will always be known as “Freddy helps a teen come to grips with his sexuality.” I also can’t watch the Lost Boys the same way either.

  • October 17, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    whatda fuuck? the moron of “relax, calm down” dont even die

  • KingRanger

    October 17, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Don’t get me wrong I am glad you are doing this series, but I agree that you are just rushing through them. You took your time on the Frankenstein and Dracula videos. You talked about the sets, actors, and other fun things. With the Nightmare series so far you are just recapping the highlights and not much else.

  • October 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    James, ignore the critics. These Halloween/Monster Movie Madness specials are great and people should appreciate the amount of time and other resources that goes into making them.

    Personally, Elm Street Part 2 has never been my favorite in the series. Parts 1, 3, 4 and 5 work well together without Part 2. I have already said why. I would also argue that their is probably some sort of bisexual subtext in Part 2.

    It is not really my thing and its all subtext (which can be argued to no end), but people involved with the film have since come forward and acknowledged it.

  • theretrogamer14

    October 17, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    HAS EVERYONE FORGOTTEN THAT JAMES IS DOING THIS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE MOVIE HE’S MAKING SO ALL OF YOU WHO SAY HE’S RUSHING SHUT UP AND ENJOY THAT HE’S ACTUALLY MAKING THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • crustwarrior

    October 17, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    James, thank you so much for working on Monster Madness every year. It is truly the highlight of my Halloween season. In a world where people think my wife and I are crazy for watching and collecting these movies, it’s refreshing to know that there’s someone else who really “gets it.”
    Keep up the good work!

  • Pauluk35

    October 17, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Hi there, just caught up on the last few Draculas and now just watched the Freddies. Although you don’t have to do this and this is great tradition you have created, i have to agree with the comments regarding the rushed reviews on Elm Street. Even watching the review of Elm Street, i noticed it was over very quick and you went into a lot more detail with the previous films. Obviously you know about the Elm Street films, but it would be nice to get slightly more information. What the hells the gay crap anyway. I am guessing the people who say that found out the info somewhere on the net recently and weren’t even born when the film was released. This is one of my favourite horror series and very original idea. Gay? give them a flamin break…like James said, it never occured to me, never did anyone else that watched it….geeeeez

  • Mellowtrauma

    October 17, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    It’s hard for me to critique this sequel since I only sat down and fully watched it once, but it never really felt like a NOES movie, it’s not bad, just different.
    I think the main reason this film gets a bum rap is because we have a whole catalog of Freddy Krueger movies to pick from now, and it’s the only one of the bunch that seems out of place. Back then, it only had to go up against the original movies concept, so I don’t fault the writer for wanting to get creative or original. Freddy is a dream demon, so it made sense to think that a demon might be able to posses the body of a living person.
    I think that the rehashed idea of teenagers falling asleep and getting slashed to pieces became the staple of the series, and while entertaining and fun as it is seeing the unique deaths in the later films, something tells me they were playing it safe.

  • Mellowtrauma

    October 17, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    -Marshall Bell played the Coach in Nightmare 2, was in Starship Troopers with

    -Casper Van Dien, who was in Sleepy Hallow with

    -Johnny Depp, who was in the original Nightmare movie with

    -Robert Englund, who was Freddy

  • gothichyppie

    October 17, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Who needs Christmas when you get Freddy for a whole week?

  • bugsycline

    October 17, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    I love when it’s Halloween time. We get a visit from James every day of October! Love this series.

  • Yongary

    October 17, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I’m glad you didn’t spend the whole review making fun of this movie, as many people have. It’s really a great movie when you look at it! It also set standards for the pther movies ie. the door of 1428 Elm street being red, or the fact that house is Freddy’s house, which isn’t true.

    The screenplay has parts that explained things in te movie i only just noticed, like Lisa knowing about the glove or the parakeet. WIth the parakeet, the next night, Freddy asks Jesse if he liked the trick he did with the bird. Bottom line about these movies, read the screenplays after to see what was chopped out. I’ll be sure to point out whole scenes missing from part 4, because i only have screenplays for 2 and 4 right now.

  • SG43

    October 17, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    I didn’t like this one much at all. It’s also one that looks the most dated now IMO.

  • Melaj

    October 17, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Many people didden like this sequel.

    But i say it is a awesome sequel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    :)

  • Matheus-007

    October 17, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Make some longer reviews, please. Not 10 min long, more like around 5-6 min.

  • KingRanger

    October 17, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    I think those of you that are screaming and yelling at those of us that are a little disappointed in this one.. well you just need to take a step back and READ what some of us are saying. We are not bashing him, we are not saying this sucks, we are not saying it’s OMG BAD, we are just saying we wanted a bit more about these movies like he did on the other stuff. We never said anything bad about what we got, other than about wanting a little more content. You all should be aware that you are coming off like idiots. Just chill.

  • GoldenFrog

    October 17, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    I personally think this movie could have been way more than what it turned out to be. It certainly has its moments but it just doesnt cut it compared to the original.
    It had potential but just wasn’t executed properly. I’m not saying its bad, just a lost opportunity for a greater sequal.

  • Giantclock

    October 17, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Jessies friends name is Grady, Ron is from pt 1.

  • Giantclock

    October 17, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Great reviews always enjoy monster madness,

  • rockabore

    October 17, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    I’m glad that you didn’t go too hard on this one, I actually really liked this one because of the psychological aspects and the bisexual/gay imagery is actually really interesting as a parallel in a lot of parts, even if by today’s standards it’s kind of over the top in regards to stereotypes. I think it would have been cool if Jesse came back in the sequels where they got the other protagonists since he, like Nancy, was a pretty good leading character.

  • handsome pete

    October 17, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    The whole time Rolfe is doing Elm Street I’m going to be constantly thinking “ya like to play shitty games? You fuckin’ nerd!”

  • Darthleather

    October 17, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Giantclock, his name was Ron Grady. His friends just called him Grady. Like Cartman.

  • ShawnCHiLL

    October 17, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I have to agree the party scean when freddies lose is the best part of the movie. Its not too often you see the killer around that many people at once, jason got his turn in freddy vs jason in the corn field rave party.

  • urrutiap

    October 17, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    I’m glad James aka Videogame Nerd did a short roundup of Nightmare on Elm Street 2 and not bash at it. I grew up watching Nightmare on Elm Street 2 on HBO back in the 1980s and would watch it over and over on the vhs recording tape.

    I just can’t stand the haters who tend to bash the movie because of certain things in the movie. Its just a freakin movie and a cool sequel for the first time for the Nightmare on Elm Street series. Sure it didnt have Nancy but still, come on. Sometimes you need a different main hero character to deal with the monster/villain instead of having to rely on the same character like Nancy all the damn time.

  • SpeedyEric

    October 17, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    I just got done watching this one in my marathon of all the horror films in my collection. I also agree that this one isn’t all that great, but like all the other Nightmare films, it’s fun to watch.

  • Truehare

    October 17, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Yeah, this movie really is not that bad… Especially now that we have Nightmare 4, 5 and 6, which are WAY worse. I remember kinda liking this one back in the day, and it looks even better now that I’ve watched those abominations.

  • handsome pete

    October 17, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Why are these commenters giving Rolfe all this backsass for making videos that weren’t as good as videos he made A FEW DAYS AGO? Kneejerk much?

  • October 18, 2011 at 1:20 am

    Freddy @ the party is great, but other than that this one didn’t do much for me. It looks kind of cheap. It’s about as good as the 3rd one (which isn’t nearly as good as everybody makes it out to be).

  • gluserty

    October 18, 2011 at 3:15 am

    I like this film; apparently, no one involved in the project were aware of the homosexual overtones either. When I view this film, I don’t think that way about it myself. My father recorded this film for me when I was 9, and he didn’t like it as much as “A Nightmare On Elm Street”, but it wasn’t because of the overtones

  • Rolfenstein

    October 18, 2011 at 5:46 am

    y’know I never saw any of these Nightmare films. Not much of a horror buff, but maybe I’ll check these out some day.

  • hillbillyhatfield

    October 18, 2011 at 10:17 am

    this should be the lost episode. However that is expected when you do not have craven’s influence. Except for the freddy at the party, the rest isn’t very good.

    This is supoose to be set in springwood ohio, and there are palm trees. It just doesnt feel like a nightmare movie.

    I watched an interview by one of the writers years ago, and he said the movie was written with a homosexual undertones. However the director/producers were not let in on the fact. It comes off as suttle, but definately there. When I watched it before seeing the interview I just though was more of a s&m feel.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 18, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Part 2 isn’t bad at all. I liked it enough. Although I really like 3, since that was the first one I saw on TV as a kid years ago. Going to watch the review for part 3 right now!

    Also, I never knew people gave this movie any grief. I liked it when I saw it!

  • MrShades

    October 18, 2011 at 11:40 am

    What’s the movie in the beginning of the episode?

  • maikii

    October 18, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    How the fuck can ANYONE say this is worse than the complete shit fests that are ANoES 4-6? Those movies were jokes.

  • ghty43

    October 18, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    This one was not as cheesy or campy as the others, but I always thought it was decent and yes it seems dated, but hell…..what from the past cannot be dated? It’s the past!

  • Senna4ever

    October 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    This was the best sequel in the series untill New Nightmare.
    Sorry but 3-6 were just terrible. Though 6 is not too bad if you look at it as a comedy/parody. 3-4 are just horrible films no mattee how you view them.
    Yet this film retained one important aspect missing from 3-6…it was scary. Dark sadistic Freddy was still there.
    It was from 3 onwards where the series fell apart and they destroyed Freddy as a character.

    Oh and they were FULLY aware of the homosexual undertones. The film-makers even talk about it on the Never Sleep Again documentary.

  • asnaes1981

    October 18, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    My favorite line was from the pool party massacre, when the dumb-ass teen says that they could get him some help, and Freddy says “Help yerself, fucker!!!”.

  • sgfreak37

    October 19, 2011 at 3:46 am

    Here is a little interesting movie Fact. The bus that was used in this movie, isn’t at some movie studio, or owned by some collector or anything like that. Sad thing is, it is sitting in a field rotting in a heap. in the California desert. I see it at least 3 times a week. Makes me a little sad.

    • leatherfacetx

      February 19, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      That is very interesting. Do you live in/near Palmdale?

  • October 19, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Wes Craven actually refused to work on this film, and I can see why.

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  • urrutiap

    October 19, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    I love Elm Street 2. It’s the haters that I can’t stand.

  • Hannabella

    October 19, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    When I noticed this review, I was wondering if you were gonna mention the GLBT undertones, because I think that’s what most people think when they think of the film. I’ll have to see the film to see for myself. Just one question, Do you need to see the first one first?

  • DeadCamper

    October 21, 2011 at 11:32 am

    So… nobody is going to mention the fact that halfway through the movie, Freddy’s glove is missing and the knifes are sticking out of his fingers instead?
    I read somewhere that the glove got stolen from the set, and instead of bothering to make a new one they decided to just put the knifes on Freddy’s fingers and hoped nobody would care.

  • cgconyers

    October 22, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    One of my professor’s directed this movie. Yep…I’m getting my film advise from the director of this movie.

  • kaceroner

    October 23, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    @ sgfreak37 thats sad. but you should go try to buy it man! XD

  • MisterE

    October 24, 2011 at 8:10 am

    no joke, when i was a kid it almost WAS like freddy kruger drove me to school. my buss driver was an older guy, and a total prick. he wore a hat just like freddy’s, and no shit, often wore a sweater with big thick blue and red stripes. he had about the same body size/shape as freddy, and his face was a bit wrinkled.
    all the kids hated him, and it often struck me as funny that he had to sport the hat and sweater combo that was straight out of the movies.

  • marco_himself

    October 25, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    I As entertaining as it might be, I always hated the fact that they do not stick to the original concept in this one. It’s like all of a sudden Freddy can just do things in the real world, instead of the “just in dreams” original thrill. in the 7th movie this is done so much better.

  • stargrovestamos

    October 26, 2011 at 1:50 am

    I used to be totally on the fence with Nightmare 2 feeling that its story was too meandering and didn’t fit with in with the consistency of the other sequels. Only recently however has it grown on me and I think it has a lot of very effective atmospheric scenes and a genuinely chilling soundtrack. It also has the scariest looking and meanest Freddy in my opinion. I did have to remind myself upon reviewing it that the franchise was in its infancy at the time its release and no one knew Freddy would become the spectacle the sequels made him out to be.

  • Russ13

    October 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Well, something else that James didn’t cover was the continuity error(I know I didn’t spell that right) in the begining of the movie at breakfast. Jesse’s little sister gets long red fingernails as a prize from here cereal box, and puts them on one hand. CUT to Jesse’s reaction CUT to her and then a wide shot and POOF! there on the other hand!

    • ViktorFarfarAndersson

      December 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm

      Do this: go to http://www.imbd.com, seatch for this movie and then go to “goofs”, and you’ll see that this movie (and movies in general) has too many things like that to really mention it.

  • shawneeinternetnerd

    December 6, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    does there have to be ads on everything

    • Sarrells

      February 25, 2012 at 9:49 pm

       @shawneeinternetnerd  Since the content’s free I suppose so. If James is doing this full time he has to pay the bills somehow. It’s easy to forget that a lot of this stuff he does is expensive and very time consuming. 

  • Doughy_Baby

    March 3, 2012 at 6:03 am

    I don’t mind ads, but when the SAME ad is on every video, that I have a problem with.

    • March 4, 2012 at 3:03 am

       @Doughy_Baby Good point. Mix it up a little would help. Maybe target it towards our genre would help also.

  • Schloss Ritter

    July 13, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Younger Coach Sandusky is in this? Heh.

  • Maggie1983

    September 10, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Of all the Freddy movies, I liked this the least (it had more of a detached feeling to it than the others)…but it actually has a scene that scares me the most out of the whole series – the first nightmare with the bus. I think I was mostly scared, because it looked like a nightmare I would actually have. (I used to have dreams of being sucked into hell as a kid…) It has a claustrophobic feeling, because they’re trapped in that small space with nowhere to run, and they’re on the brink of hell.

  • caitseith

    October 17, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    @DeadCamper Seems LGN didn’t care about the glove either.

  • Grace Borcherding

    January 5, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Thanks so much, James!!!!! Your videos were the only thing that was able to sort of descensitise me to horror movies!!! Now I love them!! P.S. GHOSHTBUSHTERS!!

  • January 17, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Um is it just my computer or is there an A

  • January 17, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Did you know that in one of these movies a guy stole freddys glove so in half of the movie the blades are in his hand

  • September 25, 2013 at 1:19 am

    It may not be the worst Freddy movie but it’s a gigantic step down from the first. I’m talking from 10/10 to 3/10.

  • October 14, 2013 at 2:26 am

    I just saw this movie at The Massacre, a 24 hour film festival, in Chicago. Mark Patton, the actor who played Jesse, was there. He did a little Q&A after a screening of this movie, and yes, they were very much aware of the “gayness” in the film. Patton himself is gay, and he’s very much proud of this movie. I got to meet him as well. He’s a very nice guy and very well spoken. He does charity work and is working on a documentary about gay actors in Hollywood currently.

  • November 2, 2013 at 2:09 am

    I just recently met mark Patton at a con last weekend. He signed my bluray copy of the movie, my costume glove, and a copy of one of the pages from the script. I took a couple pictures with him too. He’s a pretty nice guy.

  • PlumBrendan

    November 5, 2013 at 7:05 am

    I think when the bird combusts, Freddy burned the bird, because right before, the girl says, “Shh, it’s asleep”

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