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1. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
You’ll often hear fans of A Nightmare on Elm Street refer to the third film, Dream Warriors, as the “real” first sequel. I understand that, in the sense that it includes Heather Langenkamp as Nancy Thompson once again. The following film also picks up directly after, leaving the second movie as its own segregated story.
But I say A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge doesn’t get near enough credit. Mark Patton stars in the film as Jesse Walsh, a new occupant in the Thompson family’s former home at 1428 Elm Street. Freddy is apparently back to his old tricks, haunting Jesse’s dreams and killing many of his classmates.
The homo-erotic subtext in the movie has brought it controversy in years past. Fortunately, as we’ve gotten a bit more progressive since then, this particular subject matter is no longer seen as an issue. Still, you’ll hear people say that the movie isn’t very good.
If you’re asking me, though, I think it’s great. I absolutely love Freddy’s Revenge. Maybe it helps that I actually saw this one before the original and already had an appreciation for it. But even rewatching it these days reinforces my opinion that the sequel is actually quite good and supremely underrated.