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A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge1985

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)




Critic Consensus: An intriguing subtext of repressed sexuality gives Freddy's Revenge some texture, but the Nightmare loses its edge in a sequel that lacks convincing performances or memorable scares.

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Gruesome horror tale in which Freddy, the razor-fingered killer who lives in dreamers' nightmares, returns to wreak havoc. In this first of five sequels to the original classic, Freddy aims to break out of the dreamscape by taking possession of a vulnerable teenage boy.

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Robert Englund
as Freddy Krueger
Mark Patton
as Jesse Walsh
Kim Myers
as Lisa Webber
Robert Rusler
as Ron Grady
Clu Gulager
as Mr. Walsh
Hope Lange
as Mrs. Walsh
Marshall Bell
as Coach Schneider
Melinda O. Fee
as Mrs. Poletti
Thom McFadden
as Mr. Poletti
Hart Sprager
as Teacher
Steve Eastin
as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (3)

Episodic treatment is punched up by an imaginative series of special effects.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

The film hangs reasonably well together, not least because of good performances from all concerned.

February 11, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Mr. Patton and Miss Myers make likable teen-age heroes, and Mr. Englund actually turns Freddy into a welcome presence.

November 4, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Freddy [i]s a threat to Jesse's burgeoning queerness. He is a manifestation of Jesse's own internalized homophobia, so when sexual situations arise that might naturally encourage Jesse to consider his "unorthodox for the 80s" sexuality, Freddy pops out

February 21, 2020 | Full Review…

An allegory about the dangers of being forced to repress your sexuality, and also a fun slice of Freddy's nightmare world.

May 6, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Not as bad as history has confirmed it, Freddy's actual revenge and original sequel poorly delivers but sets an strange path for a playful villain. [Full review in Spanish].

February 18, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge


Pretty weak compared to the first one, but still worth a look. Also has the 80's thing going for it. Lisa is a decent replacement for Nancy, though she is not actually the lead character. That is a guy who's name escapes me, kind of weak, but after listening to some of the extra features and the comments about homoeroticism here, I'm seeing it a little differently and that maybe he is a good choice for the part - certainly was an eye opener and interesting to hear people admit the film had it's faults on a disc! For me, Freddie at the pool party was the killer here, it did not work. Film also loses its way frequently and does not make sense.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

I am currently not gay, have never been, and am not anticipating a rush of homosexual feelings in the future. This is important to get out of the way in the beginning, as I believe I donâ(TM)t really have a refined gaydar. With that said, I have never felt so visually raped in my entire life and I loved every second of it. Time waits for no man and director Jack Sholder, director of such classics asâ¦The Garden Party?, wastes no time in throwing us head first into the action of our young protagonistâ(TM)s dreamscapes. From there, he is jerked awake and we finally get the first shirtless shot of our sweaty dream hunk Jesse Walsh (Mark Patton). Within five minutes, the audience is treated to a scene of Jesse getting in his first tiff with a classmate. The altercation is less of a fight and more of an awkward tussle in which Jesse conveniently has his pants pulled down half way, his jock strap hanging loosely from his chalky buttocks. While these sensual first minutes might tempt one to throw their Samsung DVD player through their third story window, it is important that the viewer keep the faith. If so, they will be treated not only to a wide variety of sexually charged moments between men, but also dialogue that leaps right off the page and forces its way into your earholes. Almost all of it involving things being shoved up someoneâ(TM)s butt or getting their rocks off. Also they can witness one of the most âfrighteningâ� scenes to ever involve a demented parakeet. The cherry on top of his homoerotic sundae is a scene involving balls of all shapes and sizes being rocketed at a manâ(TM)s face moments before he is stripped and whipped. While iâ(TM)m not surprised Mark Patton did not have a successful career post-Freddy, I truly wonder what he is doing now. I assume it has something to do with adult entertainment as everything Jesse does in the film oozes with sexuality. His screams have a subtle tinge of eroticism in them and even the shots of him having a nightmare come off as a mildly abusive wet dream. Unfortunately, I am only scratching the big gay surface here. I could sit and detail all of the things that make this movie horrendously awesome, but you truly need to experience it for yourself.

Reid Volk
Reid Volk

Super Reviewer

It's a testament to the original's greatness, that this pile of feces didn't stop the entire franchise dead in it's tracks. I've seen a lot of inept sequels to horror movies, but the second installment of "...Elm Street" might be the worst. The whole story is an idiotic departure from the original, made worse by the effeminate little wimp cast in the lead role. The movie accomplishes an unforgivably low body count while we watch "Jesse" scream like a girl as Freddy tries to take over his body. We also get to see "Jesse" tortured by a gay gym teacher and struggle desperately to avoid intercourse with his girlfriend. Hmm? Unfortunately, that sums the whole movie up. It's garbage. If you're ambitious enough to attempt watching all of the Freddy films, you can avoid this movie completely without sacrificing any continuity. You'll be glad you did.

Jason Calvin
Jason Calvin

Super Reviewer

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