As with all articles like this she got some polite disagreement, some completely uncalled for personal attacks and managed to catch the eye of Mark Patton who starred in Nightmare on Elm Street 2 as Jesse.
I think the key take away from any debate on good or bad horror movies is to remember its an opinion. I am entitled to mine, you are entitled to yours its all about tastes and the discussion that comes from it.
We love the genre so much we are willing to devote hours every day on the topic and occasionally face the wrath of you the readers.
Unfortunately Robyn’s tastes did not align with the majority and despite her post getting tons of thumbs up she also got it with both barrels from some of our well versed readers.
Robyn referred to Nightmare on Elm Street 2 Freddys Revenge as one of the worst horror sequels of all time stating ;
A Nightmare on Elm Street is one of my favourite horror movies, and part 2 failed to deliver. While the scene with Freddy driving a bus is comical, the overall film isn’t great. Freddy seems rather corny in this sequel compared to how scary he was in the original, and let’s face it, Freddy’s a scary guy so if he doesn’t come off that way there’s a problem.
Some of the other sequels weren’t good either, but with this one being bad, it didn’t set the standard very high for the films that followed.
With that she sparked a debate ( which is the whole point of this site ) which was for the most part a calm and intelligent discussion. One of those who joined the discussion was Mark. Mark Patton who played Jesse in Nightmare on Elm Street has posted a series of fascinating comments about Nightmare on Elm Street 2 in direct response to Robyn’s post.
Mark Patton’s comments on our Facebook Page I felt warranted a new article on the topic discussing the debate of Nightmare on Elm Street 2 and whether it is a good, or a bad movie and more significantly what it contributed to the horror genre and New Line Cinema.
Mark Patton says that fans love Nightmare on Elm Street 2.
I would like to thank all the people who said nice things about NOES2…dissing my film is so 1985…People around the World tell me how much they love the film..and NOES2 has some of the most iconic NOES moments of all time..You Are All My Children Now!
Based off the many comments on our site saying they love the film that is a safe bet. I am not sure anyone here needed reminding that Nightmare on Elm Street 2 is admired by many.
Mark Patton says out of all the films it has the best…….
Score, Scariest Freddy, Best Freddy make Up..cutting edge effects, very good acting from everyone in the cast..and a theme that has kept the film current and a great conversation piece for 30 years now..
Mark also feels that Jack Sholder the director of Nighmare on Elm Street 2 deserves more credit;
there were no rules at that point [ when Nightmare on Elm Street was released ] the fact that Wes decided to pretend that NOES2 was never made (which I find rather sad as he passed on doing a sequel and only when it became clear that NOES would become a multi million dollar enterprise did he step back in..I think ignoring this was completely disrespectful to Jack Sholder and the entire production team..but in show business everyone has their own agenda)
Further to Mark Patton’s point the original Nightmare on Elm Street which Wes Craven directed made $25million and change and Nightmare on Elm Street 2 made $29million.
I have no idea why Wes Craven passed on the Nightmare on Elm Street sequel and later came back to the franchise but Jack Shoder did prove that fans could not wait to get more. Fun fact the 2010 Nightmare on Elm Street remake made 63million and I believe the majority of horror fans will agree that movie was an abomination. [ Box office Source, Not Adjusted for Inflation ]
Nightmare on Elm Street 2 received glowing reviews;
I always like to remind people that NOES2 received mostly excellent reviews..see The New York Times and made a boat load of money, had it failed their would be no 3, 4 etc.
More interestingly according to Mark without Nightmare on Elm Street there would be no New Line Cinema and no Lord of the Rings;
..[ their would be ] NO New Line Cinema..the money generated from these films helped create Lord of the Rings..everything is connected…So I think people should be happy that NOES2 did so well. I always feel that people, no disrepect here, who make the worst of list have no idea how hard it is to make a film and that it is though quote unquote mistakes that Artist grow.
I think that Mark Patton makes some good points on people who make Best and Worst of lists. There is nothing worse than when somebody does a Worst Horror Sequels list and all they focus on is how much the actor sucks as a person or how they hate the director. Robyn did not do that. Robyn shared her honest and polite thoughts on the film.
She thinks it sucks and that doesnt take anything away from the fact the filmmakers tried hard to deliver a good film and in many ways did so pleasing a ton of fans. Robyn was just not one of them.
What do you think of Nightmare on Elm Street 2? Good or bad? I have no opinion on the film since its been so long since I have seen it but when I asked Jason McDonald one of my co-writers to give me his 2 sentence outlook on the film he mirrored some of Marks comments;
It’s the black sheep in the Nightmare on Elm Street family. When it came out it was too strange and weird to accept, but with time it’ll be remembered with greater fondness.
Mary who is an on and off contributor on the site writes;
…it was completely different from the rest of the series because it brought Freddy more into the real world instead of the dream world by possessing Jesse. not sure if that was a good thing or not. it was notable that the writer introduced quite a bit of sexual inuendo also which is more obvious in hind sight. But my favourite part is school bus scene. It is a work of art.
What did you think of Nightmare on Elm Street 2 ? I think that Nightmare on Elm Street 2 is like Halloween 3 it appeals to unapologetic fans of the horror genre who love when franchises are not afraid to take risks and innovate.
Not liking Nightmare on Elm Street 2 is not wrong although LIKING the 2010 remake absolutely is wrong ( ok I am kidding on that last bit )
Hit the comments below and share your thoughts on the film and its contribution to the genre. Thanks to Mark Patton for taking the time to leave some awesome commentary on Robyn’s list.