Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing psychological horror films from the 1980’s. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?
An homoerotic wet dream come true!
Freddy returns but the rest of the initial cast doesn't. A couple of lines of dialogue manage to sweep continuity dust under the rug, and we're basically offered a new take on the concept of nightmare invasion. This time around, Freddy Krueger comes back as the sex predator he was first introduced as. This time, he picks on a teenage boy in the kinkiest ways.
The movie still feels like A Nightmare on Elm Street, but it hardly conforms to its laws. It is just as dark but it is weirder. It is not so easily taken seriously but, breaks in uniformity and directional flaws aside, it is still a great feature. The homosexual subtext isn't subtle. It is never directly addressed but the plot, the murders and Freddy's motivations are affected by it.
While this sequel comes as a deception after the wide success of the original, because the script is weak, the effects so-so, and the dream logic altered in favor of cliched possession, as a stand-alone movie it resembles no other movie. It borrows what it likes about Freddy's world, matches the gore, manages to remain dark, and brings its own material, for better or worse.