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A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 (1985)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Jack Shodder

Starring:
Mark Patton/Jesse
Kim Meyers/Lisa
Robert Rustler/Grady
Clu Gulager/Ken
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PLOT-CRUNCH
Badly dressed teen Jesse (he wears the worst shirts) moves in the "Elm Street" house with his family. Faster than you can say "homosexual undertones", Freddy wants the boy’s body so he can possess him and kill in the real world. You go, Fred!
THE LOWDOWN
I know I’ll get castrated for this review but here it goes: This much hated sequel actually gave The Arrow a good time and one of his fav Elm Street line: "You are all my children now". I guess what turned lots of people off is the new direction the film takes. Well that’s what I dug about it. It would have been easy to copy the first one but this sequel stands on its own, following its own rules without ignoring the original. This flick is basically a haunted house/possession flick with lots of weird stuff going on. Its not particularly scary but it is very spooky. The film also delivers in the gross out department, the scene where Freddy comes out of Jesse’s chest is plain old fun times for the whole family.

This sequel has many homosexual undertones. I mean the coach gets his ass whipped with a towel by Freddy (kinky bastard), Jesse ventures in a gay SNM bar, Jesse gets down with Lisa but then abruptly leaves her hanging to go sleep at Brady’s house. This whole film could be a metaphor for a kid coming to grasp with his gay penchant. Jesse keeps on saying there’s something inside of him that wants to come out…maybe Freddy equals his pansy side. Lots of people had problems with the gay stuff, I had a blast…funny shite. Ironically the actor that plays Jesse (Mark Patton) is gay in real life…go figure.

Lisa’s attraction and commitment to crazy Jesse did elude me, the guy is such a geek! But my main problem with the film is the anticlimactic ending. The ending feels rushed and his far from satisfying. The whole love conquer all shite was lame. But if you look at it in the gay way, it took the love of a good woman to set Jesse on the hetero path… deep…

Yes the film has its flaws but where else can you see a rabid parrot, dogs with human baby faces, Freddy crashing a keg pool party, a bus ride that ends in hell and old Fred indulging in homosexual behavior? Right here baby. Say what you will but at least in this sequel Freddy is still scary and he’s also gay…lol.
GORE
Some fun effects, the best being Freddy coming out of Jessee’s body…ouch! I also liked the brain revealing... :)
ACTING
Mark Patton (Jesse) handles himself real well. He hits all the right emotional notes. Kim Meyers (Lisa) is also very good, she looks like Meryl Streep and gives Patton all the "acting" support he needs, where u at girl? Call me. Robert Rustler (Grady) has all the best lines and he’s just way kool. The kind of guy I’d hang with. Clu Gulager (Ken) and Hope Lange (Cheryl) do good as the parents, they have wonderful chemistry and are very credible. Marshall Bell (Coach) is the scariest thing in the flick, especially when he wears that SNM leather vest…brrrr. Robert Englund (Freddy) has more screen time and gets to explore Freddy. Here Fred is more playful and has more lines. But fear not he’s still scary, cruel and in the shadows.
T & A
Marshall Bell’s naked ass getting whipped with a towel and lots of chicks in bikinis.
DIRECTING
Sholder does well. A smell of dread invades this picture. Match that with the spooky lighting and the kool shots and you got yourself a good looking nightmare.
SOUNDTRACK
A chilling score by Christopher Young (Hellraiser 2) and some fun 80’s pop/rock tunes.
BOTTOM LINE
Funny how people always complain about sequels being imitations of the original but when they get something different its: The film betrays the first, the film has nothing to do with the first, the film sucks. If you want to see the original, see the original but if you want a sequel that does it its own way, with its own story, its own style without disregarding the mood and the darkness of the original...see this one. The ending is a let down but the rest is a gay old time.
BULL'S EYE
Special-effects man Rick Lazzarini created a "demonic parakeet" puppet for the scene in which the Walsh's pet parakeet flies around and explodes. His puppet was not used because they wanted a regular-looking bird.

The original glove from A Nightmare on Elm Street was stolen during filming.

During the shoot of the tongue scene, the AD had to take over cause Sholder couldn’t stop laughing.

Screenwriter David Chaskin stated he never meant the script to have gay tones in it. Yeah right, then don’t write in a gay SNM loving coach in next time.

Robert Englund plays the bus driver in the beginning.

One of the bus girls in the beginning is none other than Jo Ann Willete. Heather Langenkamp’s co star from sitcom: Just The 10 Of us.
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9:34PM on 01/11/2014

Could go either way

On my own journal some time ago, I wrote what I then called a "prosecution" of NOES2. Building a case for both sides of the argument is really a fascinating exercise and can change the way one writes.

The biggest load of wrong with the film is the script. Clearly, New Line was in a big hurry to get this film into the flicks before the Freddy mania died down, and the script paid dearly for it. We could have had a long, slow build-up into a scenario where Jesse basically becomes the new Fred
On my own journal some time ago, I wrote what I then called a "prosecution" of NOES2. Building a case for both sides of the argument is really a fascinating exercise and can change the way one writes.

The biggest load of wrong with the film is the script. Clearly, New Line was in a big hurry to get this film into the flicks before the Freddy mania died down, and the script paid dearly for it. We could have had a long, slow build-up into a scenario where Jesse basically becomes the new Fred Krueger and paves the way for a lot of interesting new scenarios. Obviously, that did not happen. In fact, the whole scenario of Freddy taking over Jesse's body and making him kill people really looks like the screenwriter was going in one direction and the anxious producers quickly pulled him in another. Oh well.

AITH is very right about Jack Sholder. This is among the best-directed NOES films, and again highlights what could have been instead of what we got. Even though the script is often daft and based around a premise that needed more thinking out, Sholder saves it by infusing every scene with real atmosphere. Small wonder that he went on to direct The Hidden, one of the best uses of Kyle McLachlan ever.

Unfortunately, the scales are tipped slightly towards it being a very bad film. With the exception of about two or three cast members, the acting is terrible. Clu Gallagher appears to be asleep half the time, as if he has resigned himself to playing a poorly-written one note dad character. Mark Patton only plays the part in either neutral or full blast ahead (his scream shots for example). No graduating steps from normal teenage fellow to raging murderer. Kim Meyers does a good job of helping to guide the plot along, but gets too dramatic for her own good in the end.

The best argument that can be made for NOES2 is that it at least had the guts to be different. Typical slasher flicks simply consisted of guy stalks and kills a bunch of idiots for ninety minutes, the end. A film where the killer is struggling with latent homosexuality and often appears to be hallucinating is at least a good twist.

NOES2 was actually the first in the series that I ever saw, and I was more than a bit disappointed that the others were not more like it. Rushed and ill-thought-out it might be, but inventive too. Something we need oodles more of these days.
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2:17PM on 04/23/2010

UNDERRATED!

This is actually one of my favorite of the entries. The first movie is one of my all time favorite movies. It's in my top ten and i would give it a 4 on 4 rating. So many people hate the second one, but i actually really liked it a lot. I like the two main characters, and Fred was still scary...and am i the only who noticed that in the first two movies (aka the scary ones) he is Fred, but then in the third one and up (aka when he is NOT scary) he becomes Freddy...just sayin'
But anyway i
This is actually one of my favorite of the entries. The first movie is one of my all time favorite movies. It's in my top ten and i would give it a 4 on 4 rating. So many people hate the second one, but i actually really liked it a lot. I like the two main characters, and Fred was still scary...and am i the only who noticed that in the first two movies (aka the scary ones) he is Fred, but then in the third one and up (aka when he is NOT scary) he becomes Freddy...just sayin'
But anyway i actually liked this sequel more then the third one. The third one was TOO cheesy for my liking
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2:13PM on 03/10/2010

Pretty good underrated sequel.

I remember, when i first seen it as a kid. I didn`t liked the movie. Then two decades later, i changed my mind about the movie. I always thought it was the worst of the series but i was wrong.

Good performances by Mark Patton, Kim Meyers (Hellraiser: Bloodline), Robert Rustler (Sometimes They Come Back), Clu Gulager (Return of the Living Dead) and Hope Lange (Death Wish) helps overcome the flaws in the movie.

Especially Robert Englund as Freddy, of course. Marshall Bell deserves some
I remember, when i first seen it as a kid. I didn`t liked the movie. Then two decades later, i changed my mind about the movie. I always thought it was the worst of the series but i was wrong.

Good performances by Mark Patton, Kim Meyers (Hellraiser: Bloodline), Robert Rustler (Sometimes They Come Back), Clu Gulager (Return of the Living Dead) and Hope Lange (Death Wish) helps overcome the flaws in the movie.

Especially Robert Englund as Freddy, of course. Marshall Bell deserves some credit as a nasty gym teacher (I hated most of my gym teachers as a kid).

Scary music score by Christopher Young (Drag Me to Hell, Hellraiser, Urban Legend) and good special effects are also the highlights of this underrated sequel of the "Elm Street" series.
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12:56PM on 10/03/2009

So underrated

Love this one. Don't get the hate for it. IMO, the homosexual overtones are what set it apart from the rest of the series. I like that there is a male lead and the film manages to keep the atmosphere and chills of the first. This is a great sequel minus a few un-intentional laughs.
Love this one. Don't get the hate for it. IMO, the homosexual overtones are what set it apart from the rest of the series. I like that there is a male lead and the film manages to keep the atmosphere and chills of the first. This is a great sequel minus a few un-intentional laughs.
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4:07PM on 01/21/2009
I think I've seen this already, it felt like the first, and was rather dull at time. Did not enjoy this one as much.
I think I've seen this already, it felt like the first, and was rather dull at time. Did not enjoy this one as much.
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12:45AM on 10/14/2008

Its...Somethig...

I dunno about this one. I mean the story is terrible but the Score still freaks me out, where its low that that high sounding glass...sound. I dunno how to explain it. It has some fun songs (Touch Me All Night Long. FUN!) and Kim Myers is pretty hot. Im not gonna lie, the tongue scene (before the tongue) is a hot scene. And ya, the pool scene still scares me.
I dunno about this one. I mean the story is terrible but the Score still freaks me out, where its low that that high sounding glass...sound. I dunno how to explain it. It has some fun songs (Touch Me All Night Long. FUN!) and Kim Myers is pretty hot. Im not gonna lie, the tongue scene (before the tongue) is a hot scene. And ya, the pool scene still scares me.
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2:46AM on 09/03/2007

Liked it, not loved it!

It wasn't the best seuel of the franchise, that is a given, but I like the way it played out. I also thought Kim Myers was hot in an 80s sort of way and the lines given by Robert Rusler's character was funny("I threw my Grandma down a flight of stairs."). Also, a little trivia, the guy who plays Grady's dad also played Ferris Bueller's father one year later! How about that for a change of pace?!
It wasn't the best seuel of the franchise, that is a given, but I like the way it played out. I also thought Kim Myers was hot in an 80s sort of way and the lines given by Robert Rusler's character was funny("I threw my Grandma down a flight of stairs."). Also, a little trivia, the guy who plays Grady's dad also played Ferris Bueller's father one year later! How about that for a change of pace?!
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8:09PM on 10/02/2006

okay

I appreciate the new spin this movie tried to do, but it doesn't really work. Also the unintentional homo-eroticism was really f-ing wierd. However, I like it because a) it's pre-clown Freddy, b) it has great SFX and c) it has some great scary moments.

The one scene that really bothers me though is the pool scene. Freddy just looks smaller than all the other kids and he just wasn't frightening, he just looked silly.

Really it's not a true "sequel," but it's a fun story overall.

Oh
I appreciate the new spin this movie tried to do, but it doesn't really work. Also the unintentional homo-eroticism was really f-ing wierd. However, I like it because a) it's pre-clown Freddy, b) it has great SFX and c) it has some great scary moments.

The one scene that really bothers me though is the pool scene. Freddy just looks smaller than all the other kids and he just wasn't frightening, he just looked silly.

Really it's not a true "sequel," but it's a fun story overall.

Oh and Arrow, the director was Jack Sholder, not Jack Shodder (as listed in the credits at the top).
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6:26PM on 03/14/2006
Disappointing. The premise is alright. The story is okay. It has some really scary moments. The tension builds up very well towards the end BUT it had one major problem that almost ruined the entire movie for me: Mark Patton. I didn't buy him for one second, didn't sympathise with him and crucially for the hero in a horror film: I didn't care for him and I didn't believe him. He was over-acting his role way too much, and while Kim Meyers creeped me out at first with her resemblance with Meryl
Disappointing. The premise is alright. The story is okay. It has some really scary moments. The tension builds up very well towards the end BUT it had one major problem that almost ruined the entire movie for me: Mark Patton. I didn't buy him for one second, didn't sympathise with him and crucially for the hero in a horror film: I didn't care for him and I didn't believe him. He was over-acting his role way too much, and while Kim Meyers creeped me out at first with her resemblance with Meryl Streep, she had me engaged as the film went on.
Favorite bit is the whole party scene. Still, compared to the original, this was one big disappointment.
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