Okay so after reading the epic 8-film box set review I decided to rewatch part 2. What...a mistake. I'm sorry but the film is just horrible. It's filmed like an after school special, and everyone feels like a caricature: from the father-knows-best dad to Lisa's skanky friend to Ron the jock, no one feels real. I'll give Mark Patton the benefit of the doubt, he creates a nuanced character and takes chances with his acting I wouldn't expect from a movie like this, but this just isn't what I want from my Freddy.
Speaking of Freddy, this is one of his better appearances. He's less in the shadows and a bit more talkative, but everything he says is menacing or fucked up. Plus there's creepy close ups of his crazy eyes! I also appreciate his continuing sado-masochism (burning his hand on the boiler, pulling off his own skull cap).
The special FX are also incredible, with Freddy's emergence from Jesse in Ron's bedroom being a highlight. Speaking of that scene, is there anything more creepy and pervy than Freddy's snickering nod to Ron as he puts his hat on. Like "yeah fucker, you're dead."
All in all, it feels like a non-movie, especially in the wake of the tight continuity 1 and 3-5 form, with the latter three essentially being a trilogy. Kudos to the later movies for staying consistent with Freddy's abilities, however: he seems to want to possess fetus Jacob in 5 the same way he possessed Jesse here. Kudos, as well, to New Nightmare for bringing the "You are all my children now" line back. I'd like to think that was Robert Englund's idea, since I'm assuming Wes Craven never watched 2.