A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)
By: J.R. McNamara on November 12, 2005  |  Comments  |  Bookmark and Share
Roadshow (Australia). Region 4, PAL. 1.85:1 (16:9 enhanced). English DD 5.1, English DD 2.0. English Subtitles. 82 minutes
The Movie
Director: Jack Sholder
Starring: Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Robert Englund, Robert Rusler Clu Gulager, Hope Lange, Marshall Bell
Screenplay: David Chaskin
Country: USA
The one thing that defines horror in the eighties is sequels. The very second more than five people saw a film, the production company would jump on the property and punch out a by-the-numbers sequel to keep the money flowing. Freddy was one of those characters that were easily marketable as he not only had a definitive look, his personality and sense of sarcasm was both amusing and terrifying. This killer was more fearful that the other members of the big three (which includes Jason Vorhees and Michael Myers), as he seemed not so much a force of nature, but someone who enjoys his work as well. When the marketers at New Line realized they were on a winner they jumped on Freddy's back and rode him all the way to the winning post.

Freddy's Revenge tells the story of Jesse Walsh (Mark Patton), who since moving into a particular house on Elm Street has had a few more nightmares than what he used to, and after his new potential girlfriend Lisa (Kim Myers) finds the diary of the girl who used to live there, Nancy, things start to change for him. His dreams become more intense, and he is tortured in them by a strange man, who has knives for fingers, wears a dirty red and green jumper and a fedora hat, and has horrible, horrible burnt skin. The man's name is Freddy (Robert Englund), and he wants Jesse's body, so he can continue his terrible murderous work…

Continuing the tale of Freddy Krueger and the children of Elm Street, Freddy's Revenge always seemed to suffer from something that made it probably one of the lesser parts of this series. Coming before any real Lore had been created for the character, Freddy's Revenge seems to not quite have any real footing, his powers seem vague at best and he seems more like a demon needing a body to possess rather than any real threat.

Freddy's Revenge is one of the few slasher flicks with a male protagonist, which is both refreshing and unusual. Also for some reason this part of the series has always stood out as being the one that has dated the most, probably because of the atrocious eighties fashions that adorn the screen, and the dreadful eighties soundtrack that completely abandoned Charles Bernstein's original film score. Special mention also goes to Clu galager (Return of the Living Dead), Hope Lang (Death Wish) and Marshall Bell (Total Recall), three actors who are really great to watch no matter what they are in.
The 1.85:1 transfer is excellent, clear throughout the entire movie.
A Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack that sounds great and there is also a option of having Dolby Stereo 2.0.
Extra Features
This disc has a couple of extras, even though the case only claims an original trailer (1 minute 20 seconds), which is here, but there are also a few documentary vignettes, featuring director Jack Sholder, Freddy himself Robert Englund, Wes Craven and Rachael Talalay, amongst others:

Heroes and Villains (6 minutes 25 seconds) is about how the monster of Freddy evolved into the 'hero' Freddy. It discusses how a Hollywood movie monster goes from being the antagonist to the idol of fans.

The Male Witch ( 2 minute 45 second) is about Special Make up artist Kevin Yagher's take of Freddy's visage.

Freddy on 8th Street ( 5 minutes 30 seconds ) discusses the marketing of Freddy and how New Line were not necessarily hip with Freddy's popularity, until they started seeing the amount of fans of the character. This is really a sister piece to 'Heroes and Villains".

Psycho Sexual Circus (3 minutes 26 seconds) discusses how the classic horror female lead was exchanged for a semi-homosexually under toned male lead.
The Verdict
Probably the worst of the Freddy movies, Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge still stands head and shoulders above a lot of crappy eighties slasher flicks.
Movie Score
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