An exploding parakeet. A random homoerotic scene with a gym teacher in an S&M bar. Terrible softball playing skills. No, I’m not talking about a nightmare that I had the other night – but I am talking about scenes from A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge! Yes, the 1985 sequel that had everyone scratching there heads until they were bloody had a lot of awful parts – and some ‘so awful they’re good’ parts as well in an 80’s horror kind of way. But one scene in particular is near the top of my list for all time A Nightmare On Elm Street franchise moments: The pool party scene.
One of the rare times (if not the only) that you can see Freddy just going off and mowing down a bunch of hapless victims at once. Does it make much sense? Hardly not. But the whole movie pretty much doesn’t make any sense. I love this scene, and not just because of Freddy’s classic one-liners (“Help yourself, fucker!” and “You are all my children now!“), but because it redeemed the film just enough to keep it from being at the bottom of my A Nightmare On Elm Street sequel list. That would be reserved for Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare. At the end of the day though, A Nightmare On Elm Street 2 is a shitty sequel to a great horror movie and unfortunately there is no pool party slaughter scene or giant slimy tongue that can change that.