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

"You are all my children now..."
Freddy Krueger

More nightmares happen on Elm Street in this 1985 sequel, A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge.

The Walsh family has just moved in on the house previously owned by the Thompson family, and the oldest child Jesse has trouble sleeping. His dreams are haunted by Freddy Krueger, who has decided to take his night terrors into the real world, with Jesse as his vessel.


This film provides examples of:

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Freddy pins Grady to the door, then rakes his claws down his torso and the door, slicing through both like hot butter.
  • Accidental Murder: In the chaos caused by Freddy appearing at the pool party, a random reveler gets trampled.
  • All in the Eyes: Used on Freddy when Jesse meets him in his house to highlight his red pupils.
  • The Alleged Car: Jesse's car, "the deadly dinosaur".
  • Ambiguously Gay: Jesse Walsh. The actor who portrayed him is actually gay in real life.
  • Asshole Victim: Coach Schneider, as it is heavily implied that he planned to bad things to Jesse before dying.
  • Big "NO!": Schneider's and Grady's last words.
  • Blood from the Mouth: A partygoer at Lisa's party bleeds from the mouth as he gets trampled to death by the other teens, who are trying to escape from Freddy.
  • Book Ends: Freddy's Revenge begins and ends on a bus ride to Hell.
  • Canon Discontinuity: The canonical status of this film in the series has not been clarified by the filmmakers, but it has been ignored by every subsequent sequel, until scenes from it were featured in the opening of Freddy vs. Jason
  • Catapult Nightmare: Jesse waking up from his second onscreen nightmare.
  • Chest Burster: Freddy manifests himself into Grady's room by cutting his way out of Jesse's chest.
  • Creator Cameo: Series producer Robert Shaye appears as a bartender at Don's Place.
  • Depraved Homosexual: Coach Schneider is a sexually predatory gay man working as a gym coach at a high school. He abducts Jesse when he sees him in a gay bar, and it is implied that he was about to rape him before Freddy intervened and killed Schneider.
  • Diary: Lisa finds Nancy Thompson's (previosuly unseen) diary while helping to clean his room, and they start reading it.
  • Evil Plan: Freddy plans to possess Jesse to wreak havoc outside the dream world.
  • Evil Versus Evil: Freddy killing Coach Schneider, who is implied to have considered raping Jesse. This is surely not out of an attempt at Even Evil Has Standards, but more likely that Freddy did not want Schneider damaging his potential vessel.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: Before ripping his way out of Jesse, Freddy's eye appears back at his throat.
  • Fan Disservice: Jesse's and Lisa's make-out scene ends abruptly when he develops an Overly-Long Tongue and freaks out.
  • Final Girl: Lisa Webber.
  • Finger Wag:
    • Jesse sees Freddy in the mirror in the place of his own reflection, and Freddy wags his finger at him as he laughs.
    • He does it to Lisa too while telling her that Jesse is dead.
  • Flipping the Bird: Jesse gives Grady the finger when he realizes that the snake-prank at the class was his idea.
  • Gainax Ending: Like the previous film, Freddy returns in the final scene to seemingly attack the protagonists again. We're never told if Jesse actually dies, or if this is just Freddy sending one last "screw you" with the last of his power as he likes to do. Or if it's actually a dream, even though it directly mirrors the dream scene in the opening.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: See HoYay on the YMMV tab.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: The climax has Lisa confronting Freddy, and pleading for Jesse breaking free of him.
  • I'm Not Afraid Of You: Lisa says it to Freddy before defeating him.
  • The Killer In Me: Played with on a less grander scale. Freddy kills Coach Schneider. The camera than pans back to Jesse looking at the dead body, covered in blood and wearing Freddy's killing glove. When Jesse sees the evidence and realizes that he is the killer, he freaks out. In a later scene, Freddy bursts out of Jesse's body and kills Jesse's friend Grady. Pan back to Jesse again covered in blood and wearing the glove. He curses at Freddy, who is still standing in the room, but when he throws the glove at Freddy it breaks the doorroom mirror that Jesse saw Freddy in, revealing that Jesse was only looking at a reflection of himself.
  • Kiss of Death: Freddy's defeat by the power of love culminates in Lisa giving a kiss to Jesse, which sets Freddy on fire.
  • Man Bites Man: Freddy takes a bite out of Lisa's leg when she tries to run away from him.
  • New House New Problems: The Walsh family has just moved into their house when Freddy starts making his comeback.
  • The Power of Love: Pretty much what beats Freddy, as Jesse's love for Lisa stops him from killing her, and in turn her love for Jesse makes him able to break free from Freddy.
  • Rain of Blood: The school showers start spewing blood as Schneider dies at the hands of Freddy.
  • Reality Warper: As Freddy gains more power over Jesse, he is able to alter things in reality.
  • Revenge of the Sequel: It's called Freddy's Revenge of course. However, it's a Non-Indicative Title, since Freddy is not getting his revenge on anyone. Nancy, the only survivor of the original film is not in this one, and she didn't even beat him then, prompting no actual revenge. There is also no hint that the kids' parents in this film were responsible for killing Freddy.
  • Right Behind Me: Jesse and Grady joke about how "Schneider always has a stick up in his ass" in the locker room without realizing that he is behind them.
  • Self-Mutilation Demonstration: Freddy's "body and the brain" quote is emphasized by him ripping the skin on his head, exposing his brains.
  • Shirtless Scene: Jesse has a few.
  • Sleepwalking: Freddy's possession attempts on Jesse manifest as him sleepwalking.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Bing Crosby's "Have You Ever Seen a Dream Walking?" during the end credits.
  • Shower Scene: Jesse takes a shower as Coach Schneider ponders what to do to with him.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Freddy does it to Jesse to lure him outside during second onscreen nightmare.
  • Super Window Jump: Confused at his inability to kill Lisa, Freddy jumps through the glass doors of her house and disappears briefly.
  • Supernatural Proof Father: Jesse's father Ken.
  • Theme Music Abandonment: The film doesn't use the series main theme by Charles Bernstein. Later sequels picked it up again.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The teenager who tries to reason with Freddy during the pool party rampage.
  • Women Are Wiser:
    • Jesse's mother comes across as much more reasonable and understanding than his dad does, who believes that Jesse figured out how to make one of their pet lovebirds explode and is on drugs. Jesse's mom, on the other hand, figures that something is indeed wrong with Jesse, and that they need someone who can help since they obviously can't.
    • Lisa's mom is bright enough to realize that a bunch of teenagers don't want to spend the evening listening to Benny Goodman records and being prohibited from jumping in the pool. She conspires to keep her husband upstairs so the real party can begin.


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alternative title(s): A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 2 Freddys Revenge; A Nightmare On Elm Street2; A Nightmare On Elm Street 2 Freddys Revenge
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