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A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2 Freddy's Revenge, 1985
Starring Robert Englund, Mark Patton and Kim Myers
A new family moves into the house on Elm Street, and before long, the kids are again having nightmares about deceased child murderer Freddy Krueger. This time, Freddy attempts to possess a teenage boy to cause havoc in the real world, and can only be overcome if the boy's sweetheart can master her fear.
Okay, I admit it. I must have watched my first movie from this series when I must have been around eight. Judge me or my parents as much as you want, I thank whoever showed me the aforementioned slasher movie as it started a healthy obsession with a franchise that has gone on now for nearly two decades. And who can blame me when the movies are far too good for us mere mortals?
Jesse (Patton) has just moved into a new neighbourhood with his family. However, that area once witnessed mass killings and the family home is where our protagonist from the first movie, Nancy, went a little bit crazy after being tormented by Freddy (Englund). To say Jesse has been dealt a crap hand is putting it lightly.
To rub salt into the wounds, Jesse starts to have nightmares about a particular disfigured man. He dreams himself holding aloft the killer glove and plunging it into back of his gym teacher. Wait a minute; that is actually happening. To his disgust, Jesse finds himself being taken over by the demonic soul of Freddy who forces him into exterminating who he deems worthy of ending up being ripped to smithereens. Thankfully, Jesse starts to romance a fellow pupil named Lisa (Myers). Shocked after being told the story by Jesse, she starts to believe her lover in what he is saying. Can it be true that Jesse is being taken over by a deceased child murderer? Or are they both going crazy? And will they be able to stop him like Nancy did?
Okay, I admit this is no “Citizen Kane”. There are moments which make you cringe, and then there are some which make you laugh when in fact they were supposed to scare. A flying canary attacking a family which then explodes into a ball of flames is not exactly Hitchcock, but when sequels to Wes Craven’s initial movie came at the rate of one per year, the producers had to come up with novel ways to sell the Freddy brand. And they do a pretty good job here.
The casting of Jesse was a stoke of genius. With a perm like George Michael in his Wham! days, he was an unknown to me and is not exactly someone I had seen before. Unlike many actors working in the teen slasher films of the eighties i.e. Halloween, Friday the 13th, he actually seems scared when being tortured by Freddy who forces him against his will to murder his friends and loved ones.
And then there’s Myers. With her surname, she was bound to gain work in this genre due it sounding a bit like the other psychotic serial killer already named. Although she has a face like a duck’s backside, her acting skills are reminiscent of a young Meryl Streep and, it could be said, her looks were as well. Streep is no raving beauty, and nor is Myers but what they both have is genuine acting talent. However, Myers hasn’t been as successful in her career as Streep has but you cannot help from wondering whether or not good luck will soon come her way as an actress such as Myers deserves far batter success than she has had to date.
I am one for liking these types of movies. Give me Freddy Krueger over Blanche DuBois any day. At least films such as these do not take themselves seriously. If you looked at this film as you would with “Casablanca” then you would end up hating this movie. Please, dear reader, when watching this do not view like a scholar but holding a bag of popcorn and eating away like a demented teenager. It is a classic. Honest!
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2 Freddy's Revenge