Movie Marathon ‘A Nightmare on Elmstreet Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge’ (1985) -rewatch

  • Director: Jack Sholder
  • With: Robert Englund, Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Robert Rusler, Clu Gulager, Hope Lang, Marshall Bell,
  • Music by: Christopher Young
  • Duration: 1h27
  • My rating: 6,5/10


A new family moves into the house on Elm Street, and before long, the kids are again having nightmares about deceased child murderer Freddy Krueger. This time, Freddy attempts to possess a teenage boy to cause havoc in the real world, and can only be overcome if the boy’s sweetheart can master her fear.


Freddy’s back and with a vengeance!

I honestly cannot believe it, I’ve seen this movie a few times already and I never realised it had such a homo-erotic undertone. And I think that is very cool, considering the movie was made mid-eighties. So we learn each day!

Aside from that, I thought this instalment was pretty dull and had not enough Freddy in it. It discards every rule Wes Craven set up in the first movie, making up completely new rules. It’s great that Freddy is trying to possess Jesse and kills that way but the makers should have kept the sleep-dream-kill scenario.

This could easily be the least rated movie of all the Freddy Krueger movies made (but we’ll see when I continue the marathon)

Freddy Krueger is one of the best villains in ‘horrormovieland’ and I do hope they will bring him back one day (one last Englund portrayal maybe?) but this movie was just not a true ‘Nightmare’… The next one will set things right again, I’m sure!

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