“You are all my children now” – one of the all-time classic lines from Freddy Krueger. Unfortunately the sequel to Nightmare on Elm Street didn’t really live up to the hype of the original film from Penny Pinching Studio executives. Being known as the Top Gun of Horror Movies, Nightmare on Elm Street 2 had a lot going for it but some of it, not all that well.
The story of Nightmare on Elm Street 2 is about Jesse Walsh and his family who moved into the old house of Nancy Thompson from Nightmare on Elm Street 1. Shortly after moving in he starts having horrific nightmares of Freddy Krueger. His neighbour and sweetheart Lisa discovers the truth of Freddy Krueger and the murders that happened in Springwood. Freddy eventually takes over Jesse’s body to continue his murder spree.
Nightmare on Elm Street 2 has been called the Top Gun of the horror genre, and when I originally watched this movie it made me wonder if the subtext in the movie was intended or not. Shortly after watching it for the first time, there was an interview where the screen writer of the movie mentioned that the subtext was intentional.
Honestly there is not much I can say about the movie as it’s not my favourite.
3, 4 better lock your door.
Did you know?
Nightmare series creator Wes Craven refused to work on this film because he never wanted or intended A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) to become an ongoing franchise ( he even wanted the first film to have a happy ending). He didn’t like the idea of Freddy manipulating the protagonist into committing the murders.
David Chaskin deliberately wrote his screenplay to contain homo-erotic subtexts. Director Jack Sholder was completely unaware of this.
New Line originally refused to give Robert Englund a pay raise, and an extra was cast as Freddy at the start of production. After two weeks of filming, Robert Shaye realized his error and met Englund’s demands
Star Mark Patton, an openly-gay actor, has amusingly stated that he sees himself as the “first male scream-queen”, due to a combination of factors in the film (including the film’s homoerotic subtext, the fact that he was often depicted onscreen screaming “like a girl”, and because he viewed the character as a closeted gay man).
The sequence where Freddy terrorizes the pool party is seen by the cast and crew as the most nonsensical scene in the film. It was believed to be the scene that broke the rules set forth by Wes Craven in the first film, namely Freddy attacking whilst people are awake.