Monday, October 1, 2012

Nightmare on Elm Street Marathon: Freddy's Revenge

    It's that time of year again. Halloween. When the monsters come out and the nightmares become real. In honor of the scary time of year, this movie's Movie Marathon will be devoted to A Nightmare on Elm Street. All seven of the Nightmare movies that I haven't reviewed already (So, no original or Freddy Vs Jason) will be reviewed this month, starting with A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge!

    In case you don't remember my stance on the original 1984 A Nightmare on Elm Street it's this: I LOVED it. It's one of my all-time favorite films. Hell, I even really liked Freddy Vs Jason (Though that was a better Jason movie than a Freddy movie). So, naturally, this series was my choice for this special Halloween edition of Movie Marathon. That said however, I have heard others opinions on this one, which, depending on who you ask, is either a brilliant sequel or the worst in the series. My thought? Well...
    Freddy's Revenge follows teenage (Duh) Jesse (Mark Patton) who starts to have horrible nightmares about Fred (Robert Englund). As he turns to his friend Grady (Robert Rusler) and girlfriend Lisa (Kim Myers), he slowly discovers that Fred is trying enter the real world through Jesse. As Jesse falls deeper and deeper into Fred's control, Lisa tries to find a way to stop Fred from killing Jesse... and everyone else.

Yup. Nothing gay about this movie.
    It's not terrible. Mostly. Yes, this is a pretty weak entry in the series, but it's not that bad. The biggest problems come from the changing of the formula. In this film, Fred never actually stalks Jesse in his dreams or tries to kill him. In fact, Freddy's hardly in this movie. His appears in just 13 minutes of this hour and a half film. And then he goes and spends most of his time in the film in the real world, committing random acts on handslaughter. The deaths aren't inventive or even that interesting. They're just boring. In fact, this entire film is just boring. 
    The characters aren't interesting, Fred isn't interesting. The story isn't interesting. It's really no wonder why this film isn't considered canon. But, honestly, being boring isn't enough to condemn this film. This well made and has some interesting sub-themes (Seriously, look up the stuff about the homoerotic undertones. The theories are really interesting). If this had nothing to do with A Nightmare on Elm Street, this probably would have worked a bit better.

Summer fun!
    But unfortunately, this is a Nightmare movie. The lack of really anything that interesting on the film's surface can't make it worth watching, even with the fascinating things under-the-hood. It's slow, boring and Fred just doesn't do anything. Jesse and Lisa are hardly substitutes for the real star of the movie. Out of all the movies, this is probably the one you'll skip during a marathon. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge gets 3 stars out of 6.

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