Monday, May 28, 2007

Nightmare on Elm Street 2

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

Directed by: Jack Sholder

Written by: David Chaskin

Starring: Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Robert Rusler, Robert Englund, Clu Gulager, Hope Lange, Sydney Walsh, Marshall Bell, Melinda O. Fee, Thom McFadden, Lyman Ward

In this, the sequel (duh) to Nightmare on Elm Street Freddy returns to get his revenge. Or you could just look at the title. Anyway, this time around, he decides to posses this other guy so that he can have a body and kill people who are awake.

That sort of defeats the purpose, doesn't it? And if he can kill people in their dreams, why does he need to posses a guy? It's so much easier the other way. Or maybe he's in love with the guy's girlfriend, I don't know.

It makes no sense at all. The other one hardly made any kind of sense either, but at least that one had dreamin' action.

This one didn't, really. It could have been a sequel to anything else in the genre, really. Say Michael Myers (and/or Jason Voorhees) decides to posses somebody. Then you've got the same movie.

And to be quite honest, the acting in the first one, however hokey, was quite a bit better than the acting in this.

But the biggest problem was that the whole thing didn't have the tiniest smattering of imagination, which was what made the first one so much more interesting than the cookie cutter slasher film. Besides, they didn't get into the death and killing until almost half way through the movie, really. Not in a big way. And most of the casualties were birds. And fish.

Most of the kids survived, even the fornicating ones. In fact, the only killing I remember was the SM Gym Teacher (a little disturbing, I must say. That didn't seem very... real to me). Strange, strange, strange.

It didn't have much of a sense of humour, either. And it seems to me that Fred gets a hell of a lot more dialogue in this one. I wonder.


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