It is scary, it is spooky and a squabbling sequel. The second of a decade of sequels in the franchise is a reasonably good horror film that gives us more of that Fred Kruger who scares you out of your wits. Definitely, inferior to the original but still an interesting film to watch that still manages to haunt you a little. From being incomprehensible at times and quite campy, it is average horror that even some fans will not enjoy.
Based five years after the events of the previous film, the sequel follows Jesse Walsh and his family who have just moved in to the house were Nancy (from the previous film) lived. Jesse is also having nightmares and throughout the film, it follows him going crazy by being haunted by Fred Kruger in his nightmares. Jesse finds the diary of Nancy and begins to find out more about this Kruger. His girlfriend Lisa (Kim Myers) begins to have serious concern for him and the film follows Jesse ring to find out what is happening to him.
Keep in mind, Wes Craven took a step down from directing this, which is a surprise because you would expect the first sequel to be by the same director. Perhaps he had pessimistic thoughts about it. Director Jack Sholder took over and I would not say he did a drastic job, but in terms of direction, the film is quite a bit of a mess, but still bearable. The acting was reasonable from the cast and Mark Patton was just excellent in his turning-psycho role.
The film fails because of the plot holes, quite jerky effects and campy acting at times, despite the much-increased budget of $3 Million. The plot holes are the biggest fail factor of the film because it adds more to how the dream realm Fred comes from works and just putting holes all over the plot, making it a Swiss cheese of a film.
However, major as they can be, they can be ignored to enjoy what is going on. But you will be constantly wondering what is reality and what is dream and if Kruger has come out of the dream. Therefore, with that confusion aside the film does not really explore anything, fixates itself on Jesse’s mentality, and makes the film quite boring at times.
Another thing that the film looks at is repressed homosexuality, or as Robert Englund stated once “bisexuality”. An odd thing for a horror to touch on but lots of the films content supports this as evidence. Jesse in the film is seen singing in his room and closing a drawer with his butt, seen fighting (tumbling around) with another boy and multiple times gives quite girly screams. It gives the film some sophistication, although does not save it from being average. Strange, but it was just something quite interesting to me.
The reason it feels so average really, is those plot holes. It breaks the original rules of Fred only being dreams, but at the same time does not clearly show what and is not a dream. Although this gives mystery to the film, it makes it an incoherent mess. It touches homosexuality, has some thrills and uses some reasonable special effects. Although not a horrible sequel, it is still boring and average. Still, it interesting to see Englund as Kruger again for some haunting fun