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


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Several years after the events of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Jesse Walsh and his family moved into the home of Nancy Thompson, the only survivor of supernatural killer Freddie's reign of terror. Haunted by dreams of the disfigured child-killer, the lonely Jesse has trouble sleeping, falls asleep often in school and quarrels with his picture-perfect family. Lisa, his prospective girlfriend, discovers Nancy's diary in Jesse's closet, and slowly he learns of his predecessor's ordeal. When his



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Sep 12, 2000

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

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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The film hangs reasonably well together, not least because of good performances from all concerned.

February 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Mr. Patton and Miss Myers make likable teen-age heroes, and Mr. Englund actually turns Freddy into a welcome presence.

November 4, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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...a weak retread of its marginally superior predecessor...

October 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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An uneven, tedious, and sloppy sequel with plot holes, lapses in logic and horrible performances...

October 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Possibly the lamest of all the sequels, although Five and Six later set the bar particularly low.

April 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Much better than expected.

April 5, 2010 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

As is the prevalent case with most sequels, the film is inferior to its predecessor. It is still very, very good, however, more so than most viewers give it credit for.

October 9, 2008 Full Review Source: | Comments (3)

Very weird, homoerotic flick, but very entertaining in a 80s kindofaway

February 3, 2008

Although Jesse and Lisa are granted some much-needed time to get it on, he and the film would appear in unison in that they're still waiting to come out of the closet.

January 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

The second film of the series departs from the storyline dramatically, leaving the impression that it doesn't fit into the series.

November 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

I must give credit where it's due: this is pretty unique in its stupidity.

September 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

A work of high camp, even if Freddy himself is often reduced to an annoying nocturnal emission that will inevitably ruin a pool party.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Freddy's nails are a little blunt here

May 6, 2005

Kim Myers is an engaging heroine, but otherwise this is little more than a repeat of the original (it even takes place in the same house), just with less originality.

April 6, 2004 Full Review Source:

Maybe the weakest entry in the popular series of movies.

September 12, 2003 | Comments (2)
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The darkest of the Elm Street series. Gets cheesy, but is still fun ... if you're stoned.

August 28, 2002
Juicy Cerebellum

The worst of the Nightmares. Don't bother turning on to this Elm Street.

August 22, 2002 | Comment (1)
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The acting, so as to give it a label, is extremely non existent.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

The script is very shallow, with blood and gore to satisfy the audience, and very little dialogue, which, if there had been more, would have helped the script develop appropriately.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

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.
December 28, 2012

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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 don‚(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 as‚¶The Garden Party?, wastes no time in throwing us head first into the action of our young protagonist‚(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 someone‚(TM)s butt or getting their rocks off. Also they can witness one of the most ‚frightening‚? 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 man‚(TM)s face moments before he is stripped and whipped.

While i‚(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.
July 26, 2012
Reid Volk

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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.
June 1, 2012
Jason Calvin

Super Reviewer

I was actually deathly afraid of Freddy in the first movie, and now having seen the sequel that fear is waning. First of all, his power comes from the fact that he can kill us in our dreams. If he were to get a real body, he would be just a normal serial killer, and therefore not the scary monster he is supposed to be. Second, there are some very funny things that happen in this movie, I found myself laughing a lot at both the actors and their dialogue, which helped me not to be scared. I also loved the special effects, just like in the first movie, they are brilliantly done, fit the story, and boggle your mind. Overall, this movie is okay, but it has problems. It could have been a lot better.
December 27, 2011

Super Reviewer

    1. Freddy Krueger: You are all my children now.
    – Submitted by Rocky F (2 years ago)
    1. Ron Grady: (seeing Jesse becoming possessed by Freddy Krueger) Hey man? What the fu*k's wrong with you dude?!
    – Submitted by Creep F (2 years ago)
    1. Angela: (jump roping in slow motion) One, two, Freddy's coming for you. Three, four, better lock your door. Five, six, grab your crucifix. Seven, eight, gonna stay up late. Nine, ten, never sleep again.
    – Submitted by Creep F (2 years ago)
    1. Freddy Krueger: You are all my children now!
    – Submitted by Creep F (2 years ago)
    1. Kerry: So, you going to Lisa's house tomorrow night?
    2. Ron Grady: Nope, can't. I'm grounded.
    3. Kerry: Home come?
    4. Ron Grady: I threw my grandmother down a flight of stairs.
    – Submitted by Creep F (2 years ago)
    1. Jesse Walsh: I'm scared, Grady.
    – Submitted by Creep F (2 years ago)
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