Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Nightmare on Elm Street II: Freddy's Revenge

Description from Netflix:
It's been five years since Freddy Krueger tormented those hapless Elm Street teens with his razor glove and maniacal sense of humor.  But he's back for revenge, with his sights set on another innocent victim he can torture and possess.

Notable actors: Robert Englund, Lyman Ward

My thoughts:
A little different from the first one.  Where that one found Freddy killing a bunch of kids in their dreams, this one finds him trying to "get back into the game", as it were.  A family moves into Nancy's old house, and Freddy immediately begins to take over the body of the boy (Jesse).  He needs a host to bring him back.  Or, in the words of Freddy, "You've got the body, and I've got the brains."

While it's a different movie, it has the same kind of feel as the first one.  There's something weird going on, and no one will believe him.  He's dating the girl next door (Lisa), and she begins to believe him after reading Nancy's diary.
Jesse begins to find himself in strange places, witnessing Freddy murdering people.  But he slowly discovers that Freddy is using him as a vessel to kill these people.  For Freddy, the eventual goal is to take over the body of Jesse.  I'm unclear as to whether he would still be able to terrorize dreams, or if he would just exist in the real world.

I like this movie.  It's not quite as good as the first, but it has a lot of great moments.  Jesse's screams are legendary.  Check this one out (the good stuff comes in around the :50 mark):

I was a big fan of Grady, Jesse's enemy/best friend/overall jackass.  Their relationship was confusing, but he had the best lines of the movie.

And, of course, I need to give a shout out to Jesse's girlfriend, Lisa Webber.  She goes above and beyond the call of duty to help Jesse.  Would you make out with a serial killer for your significant other?  You wouldn't?  Then you're not as good as Lisa.

There's a large homosexual subtext that runs throughout this movie that is impossible to miss.  But I won't delve into that here.  I'm fairly sick at the moment, and it's all I can do to throw up these slap-dash reviews.  If I were to get into that, it wouldn't end well.

Rating: 4/5

Last but not least, look at what Jesse's sister is eating for breakfast.  Fu Man Chews!


Tony said...

This is actually my favourite Of them all, iv been a fan of the movies since I was atleast 8 haha, I'm 31 now & still love them, nice blog just came across it, I'll be checking more horrors out now with this blog, :)

Dusty Evely said...

It's a good one, for sure. I love it.
Thanks for the kind words. Hope you enjoy your time with this blog. I always enjoy writing these posts. Glad someone else is reading them.

Tony zombie said...

No problem, I'm just browsing now to see if there's any oldies I've not seen, I'm going through the nightmare on elm street box set this week :)