Jacob T.’s review published on Letterboxd:
Part of the HoopTober 2019 challenge:
This is often regarding as the best of the Nightmare sequels, but having seen almost none of them I couldn’t comment on that. But it does feel like a direct sequel to the original and I thought it was quite good. There is a lot of creativity going on here that most slasher movies aren’t able to offer, and most of the wacky effects hold up quite well. A few of these kills I had known about previously, but I didn’t realize so many of them were from this same movie. And I couldn’t help but think how Freddy must have been the most fun of these slasher villains to play. There is much more acting involved than say, Michael or Jason, who are intimidating in their own ways but rely more on presence than personality.
That being said, Freddy is definitely more comical here than he was in the original, and it definitely takes away a lot of the scare factor for me.
Welcome to prime time, bitch!
is hilarious, no matter how you slice it.
Additionally, the rest of the cast is rather hit and miss. A VERY young Patricia Arquette does well, as does a Morpheus so young he goes by Larry Fishbourne at this time. Nancy.. it was nice to have her back but her character is made to give incredibly cheesy motivation speeches throughout the majority of the film, and it’s a bit distracting when the movie is really trying to take a serious stab (no pun intended) at trauma.
Regardless, I had a good time and I would recommend to any horror fan.