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.
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.
Not nearly as bad as its reputation made it out to be. Unlike most of the sequels - and just like the original - it uses the main villain as a tool for much grounded topics. This one is playing around with sexual subversion of its male protagonists. And unlike the original, it's a lot more focused on the main hero than the supporting characters. Recommendable as a slasher where victims are not just pure body count.
Mind you everybody, Freddy's revenge actually has some strong scenes and some decent drama. To be sure, it’s unintentionally funny more than a few times, the ending feels forced (the last 3 minutes are rather bad), scripting is occasionally lazy and so on. But I found Jesse’s struggle with Freddy emotionally engaging, Patton makes Jesse a believable character, plus there were some moments of true horror.
You are all my children now!" and redheaded Kim Myers is the best thing with a sequel that forgot what made the original interesting with Freddy suddenly appearing outside the dream landscapes and changing it's own logic. The exploding parrot, a bus bought at Toys'r'us and Freddy suddenly taking a liking to teenage boys are embarrassing moments that will make any Freddy fan face-palm themselves.
When taken on its own terms, this is a better-than-average scarefest. It has more in common with Jacob's Ladder or Angel Heart than the ANOES series, and in a way creates a Lovecraftian descent into personal madness and fear - which pushes Freddy to the background. That it even has a subtext (surprisingly gay!) makes it worth a look.
A further desecration on any attempts to make logical Freddy's dreamtime powers, and a series of fairly lackluster murders as well. It's a curious artifact for the canonical reasons, yet it's pairing of the closeted with the homicidal and molestation themes keep it far from noble. Best viewed, like 'Halloween 3' as its own thing, unfortunately that thing's not great.
This sequel felt more effective than the much-heralded original because the character's bad dreams are more vividly related to his daytime problems, which adds a layer of thematic consistency to the concept. Production values are better, as well as the imaginative special effects - though the acting from the younger crowd hasn't improved a bit and the cast lacks cool names such as Ronnee Blakely and Johnny Depp.