Christian Nichols’s review published on Letterboxd:
HOOPTOBER 7.0 - Film #15 / Body Horror
“WELCOME TO PRIME TIME BITCH!”
Now this is how you do a sequel to a slasher movie. Great setup, location, new and old characters integrated well and are all distinguishable from one another, and the story of the original is respected but also expanded upon giving future entries more to play with. Throw in some practical effects that range from gruesome (puppet scene) to hilarious (do I even need to mention which scene) and Robert Englund totally owning the role once again, and you’ve got yourself a rad sequel and what a lot of fans consider to be the high point of the series. And just when you think it can’t get awesome enough, it has its own 80’s rock ballad theme song with the singer belting out “We are the dream warriors!” Yeah it’s a bit cheesy, but after the rollercoaster that is this movie, it gets you pumped! It’s 80s in all the right ways, and definitely one of the better slasher movies of the decade. (And yes I consider the NOES sequels to be body horror movies. Say what you want, there’s body horror imagery in this on par with the best stuff from Henenlotter and Cronenberg.