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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jesse Walsh
... Lisa Webber
... Ron Grady
... Mr. Walsh
... Mrs. Walsh
... Coach Schneider
... Mrs. Webber
Tom McFadden ... Mr. Webber (as Thom McFadden)
... Kerry
... Freddy Krueger
Edward Blackoff ... Biology Teacher
... Angela Walsh
... Mr. Grady
Donna Bruce ... Mrs. Grady
Hart Sprager ... Teacher
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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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Someone is coming back to Elm Street! See more »

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1 November 1985 (USA)  »

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

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,865,475, 3 November 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$29,999,213
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Trivia

Sydney Walsh was set to leave Los Angeles after several failed attempts to start an acting career. This changed after she landed the role of Kerry. See more »

Goofs

(at around 3 mins) In the opening scene text on the school bus varies between SCHOOLBUS and SCHOOL BUS. 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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Connections

Followed by A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) See more »

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Touch Me (All Night Long)
Written by Patrick Adams (as. P. Adams) and Greg Carmichael (as D. Carmichael)
Performed by Wish featuring Fonda Rae
Produced by Greg Carmichael and Patrick Adams
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Not the worst, but not the best either.
14 June 1999 | by See 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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