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A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)

A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge (original title)
A teenage boy is haunted in his dreams by Freddy Krueger who is out to possess him in order to continue his murder spree in the real world.

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A new family moves into the house on Elm Street, and before long, the kids are again having nightmares about deceased child murderer Freddy Krueger. This time, Freddy attempts to possess a teenage boy to cause havoc in the real world, and can only be overcome if the boy's sweetheart can master her fear. Written by David Thiel <d-thiel@uiuc.edu>

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$30,000,000 (USA)
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The sequence where Freddy terrorizes the pool party was viewed by the cast and crew as the most nonsensical scene in the film. It was believed that it broke the rules set forth by Wes Craven in the first film, namely because Freddy was attacking people while they were awake. See more »

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(at around 21 mins) When the kids are reading the diary about Freddy Krueger, the pages that they are "reading" from are all blank. See more »

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Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?
Music by Harry Revel (uncredited)
Lyrics by Mack Gordon (uncredited)
Performed by Bing Crosby
Provided courtesy of CBS Records
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Reasonable Sequel
15 January 2003 | by (England) – See all my reviews

A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2 is a reasonable sequel. I think it is fair to say that all movie fans have preconceived notions about sequels, particularly horror sequels. We all wonder whether lightning will strike twice and I did the same myself for this film given that the first Nightmare on Elm Street film was brilliant.

Before I first watched this film in the 80's, I had preconceived notions. Where were Heather Langenkemp and John Saxon? Why a change of cast? However, when you think about it, most sequels suffer because they basically rehash everything from the original. The producers of this film tried to do something different for which they deserve to be commended.

Mark Patton plays Jesse Walsh, a young schoolkid who has moved into the house where Heather Langenkemp lived in the original. Five years has elapsed since the events of the first film and Jesse is being plagued by dreams involving a man in a fedora with razor-finger gloves. That's right-Freddy is back. This time however, he has a different plan. In the first film, he was stalking the dreams of the children whose parents had murdered him. In this installment, he is concentrating his energy on Jesse Walsh and attempting to enter into the real world by taking over Jesse's body.

There are quite a few scary scenes in the film if you're a horror fan like me who is willing to suspend your disbelief when viewing. There's a scene at a party which really is the best part of the film. And Mark Patton and his co-stars do a good job with their characters.

Like all horror movies, the ending is a bit ambiguous as the lines between fantasy and reality become blurred and you're wondering whether what is happening is real or all in the mind of one of the characters; but horror has it's own reasons for doing things. One thing I think horror fans in particular and movie fans in general do wrong is that they analyze movies too much; I have been guilty of the same thing at times. If you analyze a film too much it rids you of any enjoyment. With a film like this, it's just best to sit back and let Mr. Krueger take you for a scary ride.


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