A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge

Year: 1985

Director: Jack Sholder

Written by: David Chaskin

Threat: Ghost

Weapon of Choice: Finger-knives

Based upon: nothing

IMDb page: IMDb link

      A Nightmare on Elm Street 2

Other movies in this series:
A Nightmare on Elm Street
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
New Nightmare
Freddy vs. Jason

The tyranist's thoughts
I saw this one years ago as a wee lad and I remember having to walk home afterwards on a very dark night in October. That's what I loved about horror movies then and probably now. The movie was scary enough at the time, but to then have to walk almost a mile in the dark with cats and dogs and now and then a car coming out of the darkness. Ah, to be young again.
Anyway, in a break from the tactics of the first movie, Freddy has decided that it is a lot easier to kill people by possessing one unaware boy and using him as an agent of death. The boy naturally freaks out because he has no idea what is going on, but his new 'girlfriend' seems determined to see him through this trial.
Really, this one isn't too spectacular and isn't that scary as I watch it today. There are a couple of interesting moments, but, sad to say, the series has already become predictable and a little campy with the second entry. It probably doesn't help that Mr. Craven's genious is completely absent from this one.
The special effects probably cost more, but for the most part, they were a lot cheesier too. Alas. Fans of the series have obviously already seen this one. For those who haven't, I still maintain that the series really should start and stop with the first entry. While there are moments worth seeing after the original, none of them really packs the same punch.

Total Skulls: 18

Sequel skull
Sequel setup skull
Rips off earlier film
Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie
Future celebrity appears
Former celebrity appears
Bad title
Bad premise
Bad acting
Bad dialogue
Bad execution
MTV Editing
Girl unnecessarily gets naked
Wanton sex
Death associated with sex
Unfulfilled promise of nudity skull
Characters forget about threat
Secluded location
Power is cut
Phone lines are cut
Someone investigates a strange noise skull
Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door
Camera is the killer
Victims cower in front of a window/door
Victim locks self in with killer skull
Victim running from killer inexplicably falls
Toilet stall scene
Shower/bath scene skull
Car stalls or won't start
Cat jumps out skull
Fake scare skullskull
Laughable scare
Stupid discovery of corpse
Dream sequence skullskull
Hallucination/Vision skull
No one believes only witness skull
Crazy, drunk, old man knows the truth
Warning goes unheeded
Music detracts from scene
Death in first five minutes
x years before/later
Flashback sequence
Dark and stormy night skull
Killer doesn't stay dead
Killer wears a mask
Killer is in closet
Killer is in car with victim
Villain is more sympathetic than heroes
Unscary villain/monster
Blood fountain
Blood spatters - camera, wall, etc.
Poor death effect
Excessive gore skull
No one dies at all
Virgin survives skull
Geek/Nerd survives skull
Little kid lamely survives
Dog/Pet miraculously survives
Unresolved subplots
"It was all a dream" ending
Unbelievably happy ending
Unbelievably crappy ending
What the hell? skull