Fucking awesome and endlessly fascinating homoerotic subtext ruined by the fact that everything else just sucks. Worth slugging through the excruciating boring "scares" at least once just for fact that this is the gayest film aimed at the masses EVER made and for that reason alone makes it much more interesting than typical slasher sequel cash-ins. But sadly not interesting enough.
Flat footed in most respects with everything already feeling so tired and half-hearted despite umpteen other iterations to come. As these things largely live by set-piece deaths then this falls considerably short on that limited measure (the pool party a misfire; the exploding bird a particular low). Only the masochistic and homosexual subtexts add any tang to an otherwise flavourless affair.
Horrendous! Admittedly, all the other movies in this series are not that good but this one has to be the worst. Awful acting throughout and I could not decide if I should laugh or cry at all the histrionics. The lead actor is beyond terrible and the gay subtext is poorly handled. Not even a competent composer like Christopher Young manages to muster up any sense of urgency in this mess of a movie.
Pure crap but hysterical. Admittedly I haven't seen it since the 80s but the closet case subtext couldn't be more obvious. The kid playing Jesse makes RuPaul look like John Wayne for crissakes! Plenty of great awfulness and Lisa was pretty cute in a goofy 80s kind of way.
3.1 stars. I actually like this a fair smidgen more than the original 'Nightmare', not that it's whatsoever scary. However as a goofy but fraught psychological depiction of a young man grappling with his sexuality... I found it weirdly affecting. It helped that Mark Patton and Kim Myers were somehow both simultaneously homely and almost supernaturally pretty! A film of abiding bisexual thirst.