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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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Someone is coming back to Elm Street! 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

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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Throughout the movie, the size of the ring around Freddy's hat changes. 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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The original Australian VHS release features only Christopher Young's main title playing over the end credits. See more »

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Moving in the Night
Written by Torben Schmidt
Performed by Skagerack
Produced by Jan Eliason
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This revenge is more damp than it is terrifying
29 December 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The original 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' is still to me one of the scariest and best horror films there is, as well as a truly great film in its own right and introduced us to one of the genre's most iconic villains in Freddy Krueger. It is always difficult to do a sequel that lives up to a film as good as 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' let alone one to be on the same level.

'A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge' is not to me the dreadful film as reputed, but, while its attempts to do something different is admirable, it should have been much better than it turned out to be. It is very difficult to not feel disappointed when you inevitably compare 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' to its first sequel and find that the drop in quality is so significant and hard to ignore. Whether 'Freddy's Revenge' is the worst of the series is debatable, to me and many others it is one of the weaker ones.

'Freddy's Revenge' is not a complete waste of time. It starts off very promisingly, with the bus scene is thrillingly unsettling. Easily the film's scariest moment and the scene one remembers the most. Robert Englund is still very freaky and shows why Freddy is so iconic as a villain, he may not be quite as terrifying but the material isn't as strong here and he is still highly effective.

It's not a bad-looking film, there is a slickness to it and there are some nightmarish effects. There are some eerie moments, though none of the rest of the film lives up to the bus scene, and some amusing dark humour. The music is suitably haunting.

However, there are also a fair share of problems. The scares don't come enough, and while there are effective ones there are also just as many that are perfunctory and pretty tame by 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' series standards. Credit is due for trying to do something different and there are parts that do intrigue. A tighter pace and less pedestrian direction would have made the execution better, as well as trying to do less and focus more on the quality of the scares and how the story is told.

Jesse is such a dull damp squib of a character who lacks a quick-thinking or logical brain let alone any kind of presence. The one-note expressionless acting of Mark Patton accentuates this. The rest of the cast are nowhere near as bad, but when it comes to the acting the only one to properly rise above the material is Englund. Lastly, the ending is a slap in the face and really undoes Freddy's character, he would never do what he does at the end and it doesn't make sense for him to do it.

Overall, not that bad but could have been much better. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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