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* ReReleaseSoundtrack: On the VHS release, tracked-in music from Christopher Young's score replaces Music/BingCrosby's version of "Did You Ever See A Dream Walking?" over the end credits.


* AdultsAreUseless: 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.

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* AdultsAreUseless: 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 Lisa's dad tries to kill Freddy with a shotgun.


Critical reception was negative at the time, but the movie was a box office hit, keeping the franchise alive. However, the events of this film are not mentioned by almost any of the sequels, and it would take almost two decades for the franchise to officially consider it part of the canon. The movie also became CultClassic more recently, partly because of its HomoeroticSubtext, and also because it still features a monstrous Freddy Krueger who rarely speaks or make jokes.

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Critical reception was negative at the time, but the movie was a box office hit, keeping the franchise alive. However, the events of this film are not mentioned by almost any of the sequels, and it would take almost two decades for the franchise to officially consider it part of the canon.sequels. The movie also became CultClassic more recently, partly because of its HomoeroticSubtext, and also because it still features a monstrous Freddy Krueger who rarely speaks or make jokes.


* ThemeMusicAbandonment: The film doesn't use the series main theme by Charles Bernstein. Later sequels picked it up again.

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* ThemeMusicAbandonment: The This in the only film of the franchise that doesn't use the series main theme by Charles Bernstein. Later sequels picked it up again.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The two girls who were with Jesse in the initial nightmare on the bus. They were real or just part of the dream? If it is the first case, then why does Jesse never hear about two girls killed while sleeping at any point in the film? And if they were part of the dream, that still doesn't explain what their purpose was.


* BeastWithAHumanFace: Lisa comes across [[http://www.1nsan3.com/Reviews/Pics/mov_elm2_7.jpg two]] [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BuRgJj0DCj0/TmAvttgENaI/AAAAAAAACkU/ZjXVr7_86cE/s1600/nightmare2.jpg dogs]] with human faces when she goes to the Freddy's former workplace to find her possessed boyfriend Jesse.

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* BeastWithAHumanFace: Lisa comes across [[http://www.1nsan3.com/Reviews/Pics/mov_elm2_7.jpg two]] [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BuRgJj0DCj0/TmAvttgENaI/AAAAAAAACkU/ZjXVr7_86cE/s1600/nightmare2.jpg dogs]] with human faces when she goes to the Freddy's former workplace to find her possessed boyfriend Jesse.



* BlackComedy: Grady is apparently grounded because he threw his grandma down a flight of stairs, assuming that isn't itself a joke.

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* BlackComedy: Grady is apparently grounded because he threw his grandma down a flight of stairs, assuming that isn't itself a joke.



* CatapultNightmare: 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.

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* CatapultNightmare: 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.



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: A common criticism against this film was how it did not seem to follow the rules of the first movie. In particular having Freddy possessing Jesse and coming out in the real world and killing teenagers at a pool party. He also somehow has demon dogs in the real world. [[spoiler: Interestingly enough, in this movie no one is actually killed by Freddy in their dreams with the possible exception of the end scene]]

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: A common criticism against this film was how it did not seem to follow the rules of the first movie. In particular particular, having Freddy possessing Jesse and coming out in the real world and killing teenagers at a pool party. He also somehow has demon dogs in the real world. [[spoiler: Interestingly enough, in this movie movie, no one is actually killed by Freddy in their dreams with the possible exception of the end scene]]



** 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...
* FinalGirl: 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.

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** 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...
* FinalGirl: A gender flipped gender-flipped subversion, as Jesse is the one who actually needs saving while Lisa is the one who has to go and rescue him.



** Jesse sees Freddy in the mirror in the place of his own reflection, and Freddy wags his finger at him as he laughs.

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** Jesse sees Freddy in the mirror in the place of his own reflection, and Freddy wags his finger at him as he laughs.



* GainaxEnding: Like the previous film, [[spoiler: 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.]]

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* GainaxEnding: Like the previous film, [[spoiler: 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.]]



* TheKillerInMe: Played with on a less grander scale. Freddy kills [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler: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 [[TomatoInTheMirror only looking at a reflection of himself]].

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* TheKillerInMe: Played with on a less grander grand scale. Freddy kills [[spoiler:Coach Schneider]]. The camera than then pans back to Jesse looking at the dead body, covered in blood 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 [[spoiler: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 door room mirror that Jesse saw Freddy in, revealing that Jesse was [[TomatoInTheMirror only looking at a reflection of himself]].



* NeckLift: Freddy grabs one of his victims by the neck and lifts him up against a door before gutting him.

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* NeckLift: Freddy grabs one of his victims by the neck and lifts him up against a door before gutting him.



* NonIndicativeTitle: Freddy returns, but he isn't actually getting revenge on anyone. Nancy, the only survivor of the original film is not in this one, [[spoiler: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; Jesse's parents in particular only recently moved into the neighborhood.
* NotMyDriver: In Jesse's first nightmare at the start of the movie, Freddy replaces the bus driver just before the bus careers off into the desert. (The original driver is actually played by Robert Englund ''sans'' Freddy makeup.) [[spoiler:The same thing happens at the end of the movie.]]

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* NonIndicativeTitle: Freddy returns, but he isn't actually getting revenge on anyone. Nancy, the only survivor of the original film is not in this one, [[spoiler: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; Jesse's parents in particular only recently moved into the neighborhood.
* NotMyDriver: In Jesse's first nightmare at the start of the movie, Freddy replaces the bus driver just before the bus careers off into the desert. (The original driver is actually played by Robert Englund ''sans'' Freddy makeup.) [[spoiler:The same thing happens at the end of the movie.]]



* PainfulTransformation: 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.

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* PainfulTransformation: 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.



* ThePowerOfLove: 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.

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* ThePowerOfLove: Pretty much what beats Freddy, as Jesse's love for Lisa stops him from killing her, and in turn turn, her love for Jesse makes him able to break free from Freddy.



* RealityWarper: 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.

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* RealityWarper: As Freddy gains more power over Jesse, he is able to can 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.



* TransformationOfThePossessed: Every time Freddy takes over, he converts Jesse's body into his own form.

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* TransformationOfThePossessed: Every time Freddy takes over, he converts Jesse's body into his own form.



** 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.

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** 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, Jesse and that they need someone who can help since they obviously can't.

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-->'''Schneider:''' Hello, dirtballs!


* SupernaturalProofFather: Jesse's father Ken.

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* SupernaturalProofFather: Jesse's father Ken. His parakeet is suddenly possessed by the devil and bursts into flames in front of his eyes, but he chalks it down to the airconditioning.

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* WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame: Late at night, Jesse suddenly gets the urge to visit a bar called Don's Place where everybody is either a {{Leatherman}} or a DragQueen.


* ShipperOnDeck: Kerry has a few moments, notably when she encourages Angie to leave the party and go find Jesse.

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* ShipperOnDeck: Kerry has a few moments, notably when she encourages Angie Lisa to leave the party and go find Jesse.

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* ShipperOnDeck: Kerry has a few moments, notably when she encourages Angie to leave the party and go find Jesse.


* BroadStrokes: The events of this movie are seemingly ignored in productions that followed - but elements introduced in that, such as Freddy retaining possession as a power and the Springwood Slasher nickname, appeared in the rest of the franchise, and ''Dream Warriors'' even follows the timeline set by it (''Freddy's Revenge'' is five years after the original, ''Dream Warriors'' is six). Scenes from it are also used in the montages featured in ''Freddy's Dead'' and ''Freddy vs. Jason''.



* BroadStrokes: The events of this movie are seemingly ignored in productions that followed - but elements introduced in that, such as Freddy retaining possession as a power and the Springwood Slasher nickname, appeared in the rest of the franchise, and ''Dream Warriors'' even follows the timeline set by it (''Freddy's Revenge'' is five years after the original, ''Dream Warriors'' is six). Scenes from it are also used in the montages featured in ''Freddy's Dead'' and ''Freddy vs. Jason''.

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This movie is pretty divisive among fans, and it's pretty weird even by franchise standards: it doesn't bring any of the characters from the previous movie back (except for Freddy, obviously), something that would rarely happen in the franchise. It is also the only film in the franchise that has a male protagonist. And most of all, Freddy does not try to kill anyone in dreams, preferring to possess Jesse's body to kill in the real world and still have his powers.

Critical reception was negative at the time, but the movie was a box office hit, keeping the franchise alive. However, the events of this film are not mentioned by almost any of the sequels, and it would take almost two decades for the franchise to officially consider it part of the canon. The movie also became CultClassic more recently, partly because of its HomoeroticSubtext, and also because it still features a monstrous Freddy Krueger who rarely speaks or make jokes.

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* BroadStrokes: The events of this movie are seemingly ignored in productions that followed - but elements introduced in that, such as Freddy retaining possession as a power and the Springwood Slasher nickname, appeared in the rest of the franchise, and ''Dream Warriors'' even follows the timeline set by it (''Freddy's Revenge'' is five years after the original, ''Dream Warriors'' is six). Scenes from it are also used in the montages featured in ''Freddy's Dead'' and ''Freddy vs. Jason''.

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* OddballInTheSeries: Freddy attacks people in reality, rather than in dreams, and manipulates the protagonist to do his bidding. It is also the only film in the series with a male protagonist.

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