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A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge [VHS]

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Product Details

  • Actors: Robert Englund, Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Robert Rusler, Clu Gulager
  • Directors: Jack Sholder
  • Writers: David Chaskin, Wes Craven
  • Producers: Joel Soisson, Michael S. Murphey, Robert Shaye, Sara Risher, Stanley Dudelson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated:
  • Studio: Media Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 1995
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000039A6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,851 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge [VHS]" on IMDb

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Surprisingly enough, I liked this sequel to a much much better movie. You can't really take horror sequels too seriously, and this movie is proof of that. It definetly takes you on a different twist compared to Nancy's story in the original. Basically, a teenager and his family move into Nancy's house 5 years after the "incident" and weird things start to happen (Birds spontaneously combust) and of course the star of the movie starts having Freddy dreams. But in contrast to the original, Freddy starts to take over this boy's body, and well, I don't want to spoil it for you. It is a pretty well mapped out movie. There is tons of gore, even the kind that makes you cringe a little bit. Freddy kind of stays in the shadows and eventually pulls into real-life, which is the problem, he just starts to pop up in real-life without any explanation, kind of inane. Oh well. Still a good movie, I suggest you go to your local video store and rent it if you haven't seen it.
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By A Customer on November 10, 2003
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These were the words of 17 year old Jesse Walsh to his girlfriend Lisa when he came to the horrid realization that his soul was the new property of incubus stalker Freddy Krueger. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 was one of the most imaginative horror films i have ever seen. Many a person says it's the worst of the series but that honor goes to "Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare". This gem is set 5 years after the classic original. Ken Walsh with his wife, Marge, son, Jesse, and daughter, Angela move into 1428 Elm Street where Freddy Krueger's second killing spree came to an end at the hands of Nancy Thompson. Everything seems great about the house to the new occupants.. except Jesse. He is having horrible dreams at night about a man that is horribly burnt, dresses dirtily, and wearing a knived glove on his hand. Millions across the world match this description to that of Freddy Krueger. The man who in 1974 murdered over 20 children and hid their bodies in the bowels of his boiler room in which he worked. He was convicted and arrested but some bumbling oaf forgot to fill out the warrant correctly setting him free. The parents tracked him down and torched him. And somehow in 1984 he came back and murdered 4 people via their dreams. Now 5 years later i would say 1989, Jesse is seeing him. His dreamscapes are his home, school, a bar, and even on a school bus. Freddy never takes him to the boiler room. There is a reason for that. Freddy isn't out for blood now. He wants to take Jesse's body and use it as a vehicle to finish his killing spree. Jesse refuses but soon finds out he doesn't have a choice. People start dying and Jesse finds himself to be the murderer. He starts messing up at home and school. He walks off at night during storms and is brought back by the police.Read more ›
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Nightmare 2 is often regarded as one of the weaker entries in the series, and it's easy to see why. It's the most different of the Nightmare films, with more emotional baggage than fans prefer, but the effort should be applauded.
For one, the film is very stylish, the atmospherics owing a lot to Dario Argento's work and a host of other modern horror films. The colors are rich and expressionistitc, most notably Freddy's boilerroom in the climax. Composer Christopher Young's score is a serious contribution and helps to lift the film beyond the usual stalk-and-slash cliches. His later Hellraiser scores would raise the stock of those films immensely.
Freddy's Revenge is not too original a title, but it's accurate as we pick up five years after the original Nightmare. Somenody has finally moved into the original Nightmare house, and soon teenager Jesse is having Freddy Krueger nightmares and waking up with night terrors. He finds Nancy's diary from the original (left behind by a dim real estate agent) and he slowly learns the Freddy story. This time Freddy needs a human body to do his killing out in the real world (though it's never explained why).
Horror movie sequels (particularly from the 1980s-onward) usually take elements of well-known films and weave a story around the main attraction (Freddy, Jason, Michael Meyers, Pinhead) since their duty is to satisfy the fans. But like many films of its ilk Nightmare 2 is saved by atmospherics. There's also a little bit more going on here than in most Nightmare films in terms of thematic content, including a creepy homoerotic element to the proceedings that is not appealing per se, but does indicate that the writers were already trying to do something different with the character.
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I know that the original NOES was possibly the best to most people here. But the only reason for that, I believe, is because it's scarier and the blood and gore is A LOT! NOES2 sometimes lacks some of these things but who cares? It's still got the good ol' nightmarish atmosphere that all the others (including the first) have! Mark Patton did an excellent job with the role as Jessie, a new kid who moves to Elm Street with his family and stays at the exact same house that Nancy and her family used to live in during the gruesome bizzare incidents. Once again, Freddy is back! This time, he's using Jessie as a link in order to cross through his dreams and into the REAL world! From there, all hell breaks loose!! (especially at the pool party scene. That was the craziest!)The rest of the film may sometimes seem TOO mediocre, but it all comes together and picks up near the end! Robert Englund's second act as the disfigured psycho killer is 10x better than the first, and all the other actors did a good job too! :) My fav characters were both Jessie and Lisa, they really moved the film along nicely and should have recieved an award for their performances! So why not give it a second chance? It's really not as bad as SOME people say. SWEET DREAMS!
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