In my previous article, I showed you in details my Friday the 13th VHS boxset. This time, we are going to take a look at another VHS boxset which includes the first three Nightmare on Elm Street films. From the information written on the back of each VHS, it seems this boxset was released around 1998. It was edited by TF1 Vidéo and Mad Movies, a horror magazine which also released several VHS and DVD editions of various horror and cult films. This magazine is still in print though it differs from its original form.
The design is very simple. On the front, you see Freddy on a black background with Freddy written in bold green letters. The series is known as Freddy in France instead of A Nightmare on Elm Street. On the back, there are small pictures of each covers and there is a synopsis for every film included in the set. As you can see on the third picture above, the VHS are bright yellow.
The gallery above shows you the front and back of each VHS. I especially love the design with the original poster and the Mad Movies banner above it. As you know if you are familiar with the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, the posters for Freddy’s Revenge and Dream Warriors have little to do with the movies themselves.
I didn’t find strange things in this boxset compared to the Friday the 13th one but this is a great retro item that I enjoy displaying in my collection.
With the success of A Nightmare on Elm Street, a sequel followed soon after. Released in 1985 and directed by Jack Sholder. The film isn’t a real follow-up to the first installment since it takes place five years later but none of the previous characters are featured here.
A new family moves on Elm Street, in Nancy’s old house. The teenage son, Jesse, starts having strange and horrific nightmares which his parents assume is due to the anxiety of being the new kid in town. In fact, Freddy Krueger has returned and is determined to possess Jesse in order to create mayhem in the real world. With the help of his girlfriend, Lisa, must fight back to save his own life as well as the people he cares about.
Freddy’s Revenge is, in my opinion, unfairly regarded as a bad sequel. It is often criticized for not strictly following the first film and for having a heavy gay undertone. I personally am satisfied with the story being very different and I find the gay undertone hilarious because of its lack of subtlety and the fact that it doesn’t fit at all in a Freddy movie.
Freddy’s Revenge doesn’t match the quality of the first film but it is very entertaining and is one of my favourite entries in the franchise. Having Freddy interact in the real world instead of the dream world might be seen as a bad decision since the dream world is part of Freddy’s essence but I think it takes the story in a different direction and offers great opportunities which are not wasted.
Mark Patton’s performance as Jesse is very uneven throughout the film. However, he is great in the final act when he is completely (and rightfully) freaking out over the situation. He might also be one of the best scream queens ever seen on screen (watch the shower sequence and you’ll most likely agree).
The effects are great in this second installment. One of the most impressive scenes is when Freddy claws his way out of Jesse’s body. This sequel also marks the moment it becomes quite clear and irrefutable than nobody can ever play Freddy Krueger but Robert Englund.