Directed by Jack Sholder
Written by David Chaskin & Wes Craven
Stars: Robert Englund, Mark Patton, and Kim Myers
A teenage boy is haunted in his dreams by Freddy Krueger who is out to possess him to continue his murdering in the real world.
What the hell happened to Freddy in the series’ sophomore effort? I estimate he has about 5 minutes of screen time in the first hour of the film. In this chapter, a new family moves into Nancy’s old home and that catches Freddy’s attention. The teenager of the family, Jessie, has an unusually strong connection with Freddy, and has several interactions with the dead killer before Freddy decides to take over Jessie’s body….for revenge?
Freddy is a supernatural being, so why does he need to possess someone to reach future victims? I never got that part. Maybe they explained it and I was just so bored that I don’t remember. Part 2 does a 180 degree flip from Craven’s first film. Gone is the mystery and creepy cat and mouse game Freddy played with Nancy. This is pretty much an hour of family drama, then Fred shows up at a teenage pool party and stats lopping heads off and guts out. I would go as far as to say I hated this shit piece. Not even Englund as the bus driver was cool after the bullshit that followed.
Remember this awesomeness? There’s nothing remotely as cool in the sequel.
Freddy’s revenge has one of the worst scripts ever committed to a big budget horror franchise. Either an intern wrote this, or the studio was more interested in a paycheck than a story. This movie lacks the terrifying tongue-in-cheek attitude our favorite child killer delivered in the first film. As far as I’m concerned, part two is nothing but a few randomly cool gore scenes separated by 90 minutes of moronic bullshit. This isn’t fun, this isn’t entertaining; it just sucks. If Craven had a definitive point where his career started sinking, you can put a pin in this one. I think most hardcore horror fans have seen this. Please, if you haven’t…don’t.