year: 1987
rating: ***1/2

Plot centers on the survivor from the first movie, now helping a doctor who's working with troubled teens in a hospital. Of course the kids all have nightmares in common, and get picked off one-by-one in their sleep. But not all of them die: yet the ones that do, though, die wonderfully. The first film is the best, but this one really did it for me. The cast was first-rate, featuring "Nancy" from part one: Heather Langenkamp, Craig Wasson as a doctor (the main hero) and John Saxon returning as our heroine's cop father. And of course Robert Englund is here in all his glory... the kids were all perfectly cast (including Patricia Arquette) and at the time, being a fan of "Apocalypse Now" it was neat seeing Larry Fishburne (who hadn't yet made the Lawrence transition) as a friendly male nurse. This was the swan song of the Freddy films, and is more than just a gory horror picture. Character-development, action, and some great comedic moments - like Dick Cavett turning into Freddy and killing his talk show guest Zsa Zsa Gabor, make for some awesome entertainment.

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