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


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

Overview:

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.

Votes 361 (5.7/10)

Runtime: 87 minutes

Release Date 1985-10-31

Budget: $3,000,000.00

Revenue: $29,999,213.00

Tagline: Someone is coming back to Elm Street!

Production company:

  • New Line Cinema
  • Smart Egg Pictures

Production country:

  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Horror

Trailer

Further Information

Freddy Krueger
Robert Englund
Robert Englund
Jesse Walsh
Mark Patton
Mark Patton
Lisa Webber
Kim Myers
Kim Myers
Ron Grady
Robert Rusler
Robert Rusler
Ken Walsh
Clu Gulager
Clu Gulager
Cheryl Walsh
Hope Lange
Hope Lange
Coach Schneider
Marshall Bell
Marshall Bell
Mrs. Webber
Melinda O. Fee
Melinda O. Fee
Mr. Webber
Tom McFadden
Tom McFadden
Kerry
Sydney Walsh
Sydney Walsh
Biology Teacher
Edward Blackoff
Edward Blackoff
Angela Walsh
Christie Clark
Christie Clark
Mr. Grady
Lyman Ward
Lyman Ward
Mrs. Grady
Donna Bruce
Donna Bruce
Teacher
Hart Sprager
Hart Sprager
Girl on Bus
Allison Barron
Allison Barron
Girl on Bus
JoAnn Willette
JoAnn Willette
Policeman
Steve Eastin
Steve Eastin
Do-Gooder
Brian Wimmer
Brian Wimmer
Bar-B-Que Boy
Robert Chaskin
Robert Chaskin
Girlfriend
Kerry Remsen
Kerry Remsen
Patty
Kimberly Lynn
Kimberly Lynn
Victim
Steven Smith
Steven Smith
Spike
Jonathan Hart
Jonathan Hart
Victim (uncredited)
Tom Tangen
Tom Tangen
Bartender
Robert Shaye
Robert Shaye
Director
Jack Sholder
Jack Sholder
Screenplay
David Chaskin
David Chaskin
Characters
Wes Craven
Wes Craven
Producer
Robert Shaye
Robert Shaye
Executive Producer
Stephen Diener
Stephen Diener
Executive Producer
Stanley Dudelson
Stanley Dudelson
Original Music Composer
Christopher Young
Christopher Young
Director of Photography
Jacques Haitkin
Jacques Haitkin
Director of Photography
Christopher Tufty
Christopher Tufty
Editor
Bob Brady
Bob Brady
Editor
Arline Garson
Arline Garson
Stunts
Ray Lykins
Ray Lykins
Special Effects
Ron Nary
Ron Nary
Line Producer
Michael S. Murphey
Michael S. Murphey
Co-Producer
Sara Risher
Sara Risher
Line Producer
Sara Risher
Sara Risher
Production Design
Gregg Fonseca
Gregg Fonseca
Art Direction
Maggie Martin
Maggie Martin
Costume Design
Gail Viola
Gail Viola
Special Effects
Paul Boyington
Paul Boyington
Special Effects
Kevin Yagher
Kevin Yagher
Stunt Coordinator
Dan Bradley
Dan Bradley
Stunts
Scott Alan Cook
Scott Alan Cook
Stunts
Christopher Doyle
Christopher Doyle
Stunts
Frank Lloyd
Frank Lloyd
Stunts
C.J. McBeath
C.J. McBeath
Stunts
Denney Pierce
Denney Pierce
Stunts
Ray Shaffer
Ray Shaffer
Stunts
Marneen Fields
Marneen Fields
Stunts
Lane Leavitt
Lane Leavitt

John Chard

Possession is nine-tenths of the law. A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge is the runt of the Elm Street litter. It was unfortunate to be the sequel to a landmark horror film, a film that birthed one of the ultimate horror icons whilst having at its core a terrifying premise. A premise that was superbly executed by all involved in the first film. Part 2 bravely tried to advance the bogeyman story to another level, to one of possession, which in hindsight was a mistake. There's also the mixed tonal flow and confused intents that hamper the pic. Whilst the young members of the cast are too blank to garner the required amount of sympathy to get us to care about their plight, especially lead lad Mark Patton as Jesse Walsh. However, there is still a lot to like here, some striking imagery grabs the attention and it is not without some unnerving scares. The debates about what metaphors the makers were going for still exist, and that homo-erotic sheen is never going to go away, but even though it's an average Elm Street movie, it's not as dreadful as it was first painted. 5/10

Law

Freddy's Revenge deserves redemption. If you don't expect a film about Freddy, you can appreciate this sequel for what it is, instead of begrudging it for what it isn't. The argument for a gay reading--the idea that Freddy is symbolic of the protagonist's repressed homosexual desires--isn't entirely convincing but even without it, the movie's a lot better than many credit it. This is a Nightmare on Elm Street story that uses the creature to explore what it feels like to grow up. It's confusing and scary and transformational. Tonal shifts and plot mistakes only contribute to the overall intent.

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