THE LAIR EXPERTS
Matt: 'Freddy's Revenge' puzzles me. I understand that with the success of the original, they were chomping at the bit to get a sequel on the screen. However, the panic and rushing around is evident on screen at times, and shows through the poorly constructed plot and so-so performances by the cast. The big problem is that this movie really didn't scare me at all, and was very reminiscent of a bad TV movie of the week that you would see at 2 a.m. The first two-thirds of the film had very little suspense or terror, and by the time Schneider got killed, I was almost asleep (and certainly not having nightmares). I can certainly appreciate what they were trying to do, but one of the main things that "killed" it was not having a female lead as the heroine. That was an essential plot piece of the original, and later became a staple of the 'Elm Street' series.
This film is also praised by the gay community as being one of the first 'gay' horror films, and if you watch it with that frame of mind, it is easy to see why. I said the film was gay all along, but not for that reason. Christopher Young's score is a little too orchestraic and a far departure from the chilling tunes put out by Charles Bernstein. A definite minus. Only Robert Englund gives this film any credibility whatsoever, and if it wasn't for his one-liners and commanding presence on-screen, this movie would be total bargain-bin material. The fact that Wes Craven wanted nothing to do with it says a lot. If you haven't seen this one, don't go out of your way. Save it for a rainy night when you're not tired, because I guarantee most of it is a sleeper. 3 out of 10.
A.J.: The horrible acting in this movie brought down the final rating, but the good plot and good one-liners by Freddy saved this movie from the bargain bin. 5 out of 10.
Robert: I think this movie is unfairly vilified. Much like 'Freddy's Dead', it's said to be nothing but a smelling pile of garbage. I must disagree as I feel it has good qualities like Freddy possessing Jesse and sending him into the depths of his own personal hell. The way he emerges from him in Grady's room is just clever and wouldn't be nearly as good if it were done today with CGI. 'Freddy's Revenge' may not be as iconic as the original but people who loved the original should remember this one helped pave the way for the second most loved Nightmare movie, 'Dream Warriors'. 9 out of 10.
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