It was an important step in my growth toward manhood (a growth I hope to one day finish) because my brother had made a similar leap when the folks let him and a friend see "Halloween 2" unattended a couple years previous.
(To this day, Phil's the "Halloween" fanatic and I'm the "Nightmare" fanatic. I'm sure it all goes into one of those parental 'if we'd known then ....' files!)
The funny thing about horror back when I was young was, while I watched it obsessively, it also sincerely scared the piss out of me and I was pretty much afraid of the dark until I was um, as old as I am now. But even in junior high, the notion of staying home at night or laying in bed in the dark technically speaking, scared me to dead. As in, I checked under the bed and in the closets just to be sure there were no monsters/slashers in there. (Which begs the question, assuming Michael Meyers WAS in my closet waiting to strike, what did I hope to accomplish by verifying that before I turned off the light? But I digress ... )
"Nightmare 2" is not a good movie.
But it has a pretty cool opening five minutes:
If you prefer, the opening five minutes .... in GERMAN:
"Nightmare 2's" problems start with the producers having the bright idea of putting a dude in as the main protagonist ... and then having him scream like a girl throughout most of it.
In fact, the most famous scene in "Nightmare 2" (the 'you've got the body, I've got the brains' scene) points out the movies biggest problems, a) the guy screams like a girl and b) Freddy is intent on pushing through to the real world, which doesn't make any sense.
The crux of "Freddy's Revenge" is that he wants to use the protagonist, Jesse, so he can possess his body and burst forth into the real world. The problem is bursting forth into the real world is what makes Freddy vulnerable and tends to send him back to the dreamscape where all he can do is wait around for new teenagers to conjure him. So the entire movie is built around a concept that doesn't make any sense.
As much as people joke that the problem with horror movies is that we tend to root for the killer, "Nightmare 2" is one of those movies where we REALLY root for the killer. We have scream queen Jesse as the male lead, his sort of homely and whiny girlfriend and their two more sexual but completely pointless friends, all of whom are nothing but Freddy fodder. In fact, the best part of "Nightmare 2" is when Freddy does burst forth into the real world and starts mowing through the entire high school population of Springwood with blatant disregard.
God, the first part of this scene is terrible, with Lisa's bad acting and the lame 'possessed person speaks from inside the monster' schtick. But love the shot at1:48 when Freddy waits for her to turn around so he can see her knock shit off her shelves and then at 3:57 when Freddy takes the time to knock the flowers off the table. If he can't kill people, Freddy's at least going to break some shit.
Of course by the end Jesse and Lisa survive and Freddy is vanquished and they all live happily ever after ... luckily, not in future "Nightmare" movies.
Oh, and after the movie my friend and I were telling my dad about the movie, especially about Freddy possessing Jesse to which my dad said 'if Freddy possessed me I'd take a bunch of Ex-Lax and crap him out.'
Yeah, I get my sense of humor from my dad.