starring: Robert Englund, Mark Patton and Kim Myers
Following up a box-office like A Nightmare on Elm Street is every mega-hit's problem. While production value and "how to follow it up" is often the starting point, "What will happen" is really the big question here and an important one.
It's a little weird for me but it's not all unnerving. In fact, you're only going to notice these once you start looking in between the lines. If there is one thing that I would complain about is this film's rushed "Love conquers all" villain defeat. I can forgive a slasher for being hammy, corny, cheesy, whatever will you call it, but never, and I mean never, put that kind of shit in a film that spends most of its time being grim and gritty for the last 80 minutes or so.
If you're not gonna make a big deal out of all of this, ANOES2 is still entertaining. Poorly executed and a little twisty, ANOES2 at least marks an attempt to give Krueger a more nightmarish appeal and, apparently, the last time in the 80s for us to see him in his "nightmare man" persona before he starts to kid around and gets cheesier in each sequel. Here, Freddy had more line compared to the last film and is more taunting and playful, even managing to stage a killer parrot scene where the family's pet bird broke free and attacks Return of The Living dead's Clu Gulager. Funny parrot scene aside, at least the killings in this entry was satisfying enough to favor a fair slasher fan, which boasts a minor classic scene where Freddy attacks a barbecue party at night in complete pandemonium.
So while A Nightmare on Elms Street 2 was more like watching a coming of age drama of a guy who's confused about a lot of things, only with Freddy tossed in, it did a fair job as a sequel. It's still your classic Freddy Kruger and it's still your nightmare realm slasher snuff. Nuff' said!
2 female killed offscreen
1 male had his back slashed repeatedly with knifed glove
1 male impaled and gutted with knifed glove
1 male slashed on the face with knifed glove
2 guests boiled alive in pool
1 male set ablaze
1 male trampled in stampede
1 male knifed glove to the gut
1 female knifed glove through her chest (dream?)