Yesterday, you might have thought I made the mistake of not continuing my review quest! Ah, CInsomniacs and Sleepless Knights, it was a mere foreshadow of my own SEQUEL! Sleepless Knight Kim Wailes requested I watch NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST.2(1985). I will be honest, I have seen this film many times and re-watching it reminds me how….different it is compared to the other following films within the NIGHTMARE franchise.
There has been much speculation about the story in of itself involving different sexuality overtones, continuity issues, and much much more. I will agree about the first two mentioned, but won’t touch base on the first issue. I will say, though, the fact that Freddy comes out of the dream world to murder both Jesse’s best friend Ron, played by 80’s star ROBERT RUSSLER, and the groups of teens attending the character Lisa’s party instead of attacking them in their dreams brings down the film quite a bit. Not only that, it doesn’t explain how Freddy can do that. Some would argue it is the result of Freddy possessing Jesse is why he can walk around outside of the dreams. I believe though, this new piece takes away the edge the original film had paved for the rest of the franchise to follow. Also, it is never used again and this part of the franchise is never mentioned in any of the other films like 2-5 did with the DREAM WARRIOR storyline.
Back to the film, we open up to a group of kids riding the bus home from school. It seems normal enough. You have the girls talking to one another, papers thrown from one side to the other, the usual loud teenage high school banter, the guy in the back with the blaring boom box(ahhh the 80s), and the creepy, sickly looking new kid huddled into the corner. That is until….
That scream…now Jesse’s scream is one to give you nightmares. Ok ok, I won’t keep hounding on him. It turns out Jesse has been having nightmares ever since him and his family moved into Nancy Thompson’s former home. According to the neighborhood, town, or school’s legend, Nancy had gone insane over watching her boyfriend Glen and mother get murdered by Freddy Krueger. Now, if I put my roots down in a house where people were murdered-why wouldn’t this little plant have nightmares? Freddy uses the house kind of like a conduit in order to get into Jesse’s dream and initially possess him in order to kill the teenagers surrounding him. The downside is that we are barely in dreams in this film and more so outside of the dream world.
After the nightmare/high pitched screaming ceases, we go to the high school where it seems like the coach loves to pick on Jesse and his best friend Ron. Later we find out he is a S&M teenage sex offender who single’s Jesse out when the coach catches him drinking in a S&M bar. The coaches murder is one of the shortest yet weirdest and slightly best kills you see in the franchise-period.
Throughout the films, we see this constant struggle between Jesse controlling Freddy and being straight with his girlfriend (more of a friend) Lisa about what is happening. Surprisingly, she believes everything he says to her about his dreams and attempts to help him by taking him down to the plant where Freddy apparently murdered his child victims. Despite her attempts, Freddy still takes over and goes on a party murder spree in a matter of 5 minutes at her own party.
Some may think this film is misunderstood while others may not. I, on the other hand, believe it was made to be misunderstood. I give this movie 6 1/2 out of 10 HYPNOTIC EYES. If Freddy Krueger is one of your favorite monsters and are strict with continuity, do NOT watch this film. If you are still a fan but don’t mind continuity-watch it and see if this becomes one of your top choices in the franchise.
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