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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)
R | | Horror | 1 November 1985 (USA)
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A teenage boy is haunted in his dreams by deceased child murderer Freddy Krueger, who is out to possess him in order to continue his reign of terror in the real world.

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Jack Sholder

Writers:

David Chaskin, Wes Craven (characters)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Patton ... Jesse Walsh
Kim Myers ... Lisa Webber
Robert Rusler ... Ron Grady
Clu Gulager ... Mr. Walsh
Hope Lange ... Mrs. Walsh
Marshall Bell ... Coach Schneider
Melinda O. Fee ... Mrs. Webber
Tom McFadden Tom McFadden ... Mr. Webber (as Thom McFadden)
Sydney Walsh ... Kerry
Robert Englund ... Freddy Krueger
Edward Blackoff Edward Blackoff ... Biology Teacher
Christie Clark ... Angela Walsh
Lyman Ward ... Mr. Grady
Donna Bruce Donna Bruce ... Mrs. Grady
Hart Sprager Hart Sprager ... Teacher
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Storyline

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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The first name in terror returns... See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,865,475, 3 November 1985

Gross USA:

$29,999,213
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Gregg Fonseca, the original film's Production Designer, initially returned to fill the same role in this film. He designed all the sets seen in the film, but quit just before the start of shooting, claiming that the production was rushed, and that his department in particular was severely under-funded. Art Director Maggie Martin took over Fonseca's role during the actual shoot. See more »

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Coach Schneider is supposedly stripped naked before he is whipped. However, in one shot he is still wearing pants. This is only noticeable in full-frame video versions. See more »

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[first lines]
Boy on Bus: [a student tells another student to turn his boombox down by throwing a paper at his head] Turn it down!
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The Australian theatrical release was edited for an M rating but the uncut version was later released on VHS home video with an R rating. See more »

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Followed by Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994) See more »

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1, 2 Freddy's Coming for You
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Reasonable Sequel
15 January 2003 | by Big Movie FanSee 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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