Well guys this is it. The big one, the stomach turner, the constipation of the Elm Street series, a contrived mess of randomness that can’t possibly be forgiven; what is without a doubt one of the worst sequels of all time. I am of course talking about the indescribable failure that is A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge.
At the beginning of the story our protagonist Jesse Walsh moves into Nancy’s old house and is haunted by that fedora wearing nut ball Freddy Krueger. Unfortunately unlike the original film the plot is confusing to the point that it is almost impossible to understand what the hell is going on. Again it attempts to make you wonder when the victims are dreaming. Unfortunately they did not do this correctly so in the end it does not actually matter whether or not they are asleep. The climax is just as much of an embarrassment as the rest of the “story” because unlike the first film they resort to vanquishing Freddy with the power of love. I think I am going to be sick.
Enough of all that, let’s talk about the effects. What effects? The effects are so bad you begin to wonder if this is actually an Elm Street film anymore. They are not particularly convincing and fail to evoke any sort of a fear reaction. If they do then you really must be dreaming. The blood effects also look kind of rubbish when compared to the stuff which was used in the original. There is one scene where Freddy cuts his way out of a victim’s chest. Rather than being scary it just makes you wonder how much of the budget went towards what could have been a worthwhile effect. The only scary thing about the film is Freddy’s ugly mug which looks more grisly and less scary than before.
The acting like everything else suffered next to the first film. Mark Patton is nowhere near as good as Heather Langenkemp. It does not help that his character, Jesse Walsh, is apparently gay which creates some rather creepy scenes between him and Freddy. I shudder just thinking about it. Kim Myers is not that much better when looked at carefully. While it is obvious that she was putting some effort into her role everything she says sounds a bit shaky. Once again Robert Englund gives his all as Freddy Krueger and is the only good thing about the film. While he is still quite scary he has lost some of his menace mainly due to the fact that this was when he started turning into a comic buffoon. It is just a shame that he can’t save the film which is already past redemption by the time he appears. This just proves that you need more than a good villain to make a good story.
This film is an uncomfortable and depressing sequel to a true classic. Despite a good performance from Robert Englund the film suffers from a thin plot and weak effects. It goes without saying that this is the worst of all the Elm Street films and is not worth watching. If you see it in shops walk in the other direction and do not look back.