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.
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.
A gay horror movie to juxtapose the horrors of living gay in post AIDS America? Nightmare 2 was one of the first horror movies to use a gay actor to play the closeted hero. Mark Patton became the first, male, scream queen after discovering Coach Schneider in an S&M bar and giving the classic lines spoken between Jesse and Ron "Something evil is trying to get inside my body" "So you've come here to sleep with me?"
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.