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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)
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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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$2,200,000 (estimated)

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$30,000,000 (USA)
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Had this film failed, New Line might not have survived. The movie hit big enough to finally give the studio some cash flow, and in the following years New Line rode the Elm Street train to further success, had a hit with another horror franchise (Critters (1986)), cranked out John Waters' movies, and turned into both a respectable and profitable mini-major during the 90s. However, all of that was uncertain back when this film was being made. Studio head Robert Shaye micromanaged every aspect of the production, regularly confusing crew members by stepping over the line and offering orders which should have come from the director. That led to an understandably uneasy relationship between Shaye and Jack Sholder. On top of this, the production was remarkably rushed, slotted for a November 1, 1985 release date, when the first film had only been released on November 9 of the previous year.

As a result, tensions were high, the hours were long, and the work was hard. There was no real time to stop and second guess the direction of the franchise. In the Never Sleep Again documentary, Robert Englund recalls several moments during filming, such as the pool sequence where Freddy appears to teenagers outside of their dreams, where he struggled with playing the part because so much of it felt like it was going against the rules set in the first installment. See more »

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(at around 35 mins) During the death scene where the coach is being dragged out of his office and towards the showers, you can see a clear, plastic string under his left arm pulling him. See more »

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Referenced in American Psycho (2000) 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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Freddy's back to terrorize a confused teenage boy!

Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2 (1985) was the second film in the Freddy Krueger series. This time his main target is the son of a man who just but the Elm Street house. Freddy preys on this sexually confused kid and forces him to do his bidding and uses him to serve his twisted needs. Can poor Jesse over come the strong willpower of Freddy? Will he be able to discover his true self? Watch and find out, you'll be surprised! Strange stuff.

What I liked about this film was the filmmakers tried to do something different, and it almost killed the series. The plot and storyline was too complex and byzantine for you average horror film. Much of the film's hidden context and meaning would go over the heads of most horror film fans. If Sigmund Freud were alive today he would've had a field day trying to figure out this one. Sadly underrated and unfairly neglected..

Strongly recommended


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