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.
- Adults Are Useless: Played straight with Mr. Walsh, subverted with Mrs. Walsh and Lisa's parents. Jesse's mom has more common sense and realizes Jesse needs help, and while Lisa's parents are locked in their bedroom during most of Freddy's rampage at the party, the moment they get out there, Mr. Walsh tries to kill Freddy with a shotgun.
- 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 gay in real life.
- Asshole Victim: Coach Schneider, as it is heavily implied that he planned to do bad things to Jesse before dying.
- Beast with a Human Face: Lisa comes across two◊ dogs◊ with human faces when she goes to the Freddy's former workplace to find her possessed boyfriend Jesse.
- Big "NO!": Schneider's and Grady's last words.
- Black Comedy: Grady is apparently grounded because he threw his grandma down a flight of stairs, assuming that isn't itself a joke.
- 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. The first one is a variation. We don't see Jesse literally jump awake (it happens offscreen), but he's screaming at the top of his lungs, so loud that his family downstairs can hear it.
- 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.
- Daydream Surprise: Subverted. At one point during Lisa's journey into Freddy's lair, a wound on her leg is suddenly infested with insects. She frantically tries to get them off until she realizes that nothing is there, as it was another dream. Except she was never asleep—Freddy's powers are just starting to reach into the real world.
- Demonic Possession: Freddy has found a way to return once again by possessing Jesse, the most recent inhabitant of the house on Elm Street. He eventually accomplishes this by painfully transforming Jesse's body into his own.
- 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 (previously 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 at the back of his throat.
- Fan Disservice:
- Jesse's and Lisa's make-out scene ends abruptly when he develops an Overly Long Tongue and freaks out.
- There's a non-visual version when Lisa reads Nancy's diary. It seems to be describing a nightly encounter between Nancy and her boyfriend Glen. Then it gets creepy when she describes how the guy apparently claws at her with his blades...
- Final Girl: A gender flipped subversion, as Jesse is the one who actually needs saving while Lisa is the one who has to go and rescue him.
- 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.
- The Hero: Lisa Webber. Even though Jesse is the protagonist, it is Lisa who does the research on Freddy and tries to show Jesse how to overcome him. And when Freddy takes over Jesse's body and goes on a rampage, Lisa's the one who has to stop Freddy and save Jesse.
- Homoerotic Subtext: See HoYay on the YMMV tab. The homoerotic themes are often commented on, with the creators themselves even acknowledging it.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: The climax has Lisa confronting Freddy, and pleading for Jesse breaking free of him.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Freddy takes a bite out of Lisa's leg, after which she kicks him in the face.
- 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.
- Man on Fire: Freddy in Jesse's body once again burns to death in the climax. Jesse is revealed to be alive underneath the destroyed body.
- Neck Lift: Freddy grabs one of his victims by the neck and lifts him up against a door before gutting him.
- New House New Problems: The Walsh family has just moved into their house when Freddy starts making his comeback.
- Painful Transformation: Freddy takes over Jesse's body by messily transforming it into his own shape. This includes blades growing out of Jesse's fingers, his skin peeling off, and Freddy ripping open and bursting out of his chest. Jesse is howling in visible agony the entire time.
- 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. He goes completely nuts at the pool party, boiling the water in the pool, creating a wall of fire around the yard, making himself temporarily intangible before jumping out from under the floorboards, and blowing up the barbecue and most of the electrical appliances that are there.
- 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.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Jesse lets out a few high-pitched girly screams throughout the film.
- 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: Freddy jumps through the glass doors of Lisa's house and disappears briefly after confusion at his inability to kill Lisa (Jesse, whose body he is controlling, won't let him).
- 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.
- Transformation Of The Possessed: Every time Freddy takes over, he converts Jesse's body into his own form.
- 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.
- You Are Grounded: Grady can't go to Lisa's party because his parents grounded him for something bad he did (implied to be throwing his grandmother down a flight of stairs). Jesse breaks into his room late at light to get Grady to watch over him because Freddy is trying to take over Jesse's body.