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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 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 »

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Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

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, Limited Release

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

Special Effects man Rick Lazzarini created a "demonic parakeet" puppet for the scene in which the Walsh's pet bird flies around and explodes. His puppet was not used, because the filmmakers wanted a regular looking bird. See more »

Goofs

(at around 29 mins) During the scene with the parakeet, first it knocks over a lamp and then the father breaks the other lamp. The room never gets any darker. See more »

Quotes

[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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Alternate Versions

Both the original Media and Video Treasures versions have the "Main Title," from the beginning of the movie in the end credits. The cable and DVD versions included Bing Crosby's song "Did You Ever See A Dream Walking?" playing during the end credits. The song is also listed in the credits. See more »

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Featured in Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Not the worst, but not the best either.
14 June 1999 | by G.SpiderSee all my reviews

The opening scenes of this film are very promising. The title music has a very sinister, menacingly calm quality to it and there is an excellently nightmarish sequence in a school bus which is driven by Freddy.

But generally the film is a might-have-been. True, it has its moments, such as the discovery of Nancy's diary and the scene at the party, but things are pretty tame compared to the first film. Jesse is the new teenager living in Nancy's old house and haunted by nightmares, but apart from the opening sequence there are very few dreamlike effects. There are some nightmarish animals but they are too briefly seen and are in such total darkness that they're barely visible. The film is more of a cliched haunted house yarn than a story about nightmares. There are some interesting homosexual undertones but they are never really developed properly. There are also gaping plot-holes. After Freddy tears his way out of Jesse's body, the remains somehow return to life. The next time Freddy appears Jesse seems to be inside him. Can anyone work out what's going on?

What really lets this film down is its weak ending. Freddy and his boiler room suddenly burst into flames because Jesse's girlfriend tells him she loves him. Utterly feeble. Surely the script-writers could have come up with a better ending than this.

Not an unwatchable film by any means, but just not the sequel it should have been.


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