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A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2:
FREDDY'S REVENGE

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY'S REVENGE ($40) was the first film sequel to Wes Craven's horror classic. Unfortunately, this film appears more interested in cashing in on the popularity of the title, than it is in expanding upon the world Wes Craven created in the first film. What made the original film so horrifying, was the dreamlike quality that Craven created to disorient the viewers into never knowing what was real and what was a nightmare. In the second film, Freddy Kruger appears more interested in entering our world through the teenage boy, who moved into the very same house where the heroine of the first film encountered him.

Gone are the elaborate nightmares which resulted in the horrifying deaths of so many the first film's teens. There are only a couple of nightmare sequences that evoke the feeling of the first film, but the rest is just your standard horror film slasher fare. Without the blurring of nightmare and reality, there is nothing to differentiate Freddy Kruger from the other indestructible horror movie killers. Director Jack Sholder does a competent job, but he is hamstrung by the script that doesn't allow Freddy Kruger do what Freddy Kruger does best-haunt the nightmares of the Elm Street teenagers. Despite the limitations of the script, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY'S REVENGE does have its moments and Elite Entertainment's terrific new Letterboxed transfer makes this disc worth acquiring. The cast of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY'S REVENGE includes Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Robert Rusler, Clu Gulager, Hope Lange and Robert England.

The Letterboxed transfer for A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY'S REVENGE was supervised by cinematographer Jacques Haitkin and the looks quite good restored to its proper 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The transfer is detailed and the colors appear accurate, even the inherent graininess of darker sequences is held in check. The digitally encoded monaural soundtrack is clean and worth amplifying. The Pioneer pressing was relatively clean.

Once again, Elite Entertainment deserves the thanks of horror fans for showing them, and the films they love, the proper respect. I know I'm looking forward to Elite's A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3, which is one of the best films in the Nightmare series.

 
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Laserdisc reviews are Copyright 1996 THE CINEMA LASER and may not be copied or reprinted without the written consent of the publisher.
THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 

 

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