A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)

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

Taglines: Someone is coming back to Elm Street!

Five years after Freddy Krueger’s apparent defeat, the Walshes have moved into the Thompsons’ former home. Their teenage son, Jesse, has a nightmare about being stalked by a killer on a school bus. He wakes up and attributes the dream to the unusual heat in the room. Jesse goes to school with his friend Lisa, whom he is interested in romantically, but is too shy to flirt with her.

After getting into a fight with a boy named Grady during gym class, Coach Schneider makes them stay after class and they become friends. Lisa comes to visit Jesse after school and they discover a diary from Nancy Thompson detailing her nightmares, which are strikingly similar to Jesse’s. Small fires happen around the house, which culminates in the spontaneous combustion of their pet birds. Jesse’s father accuses him of sabotage.

The following night, Jesse has a nightmare where he encounters Freddy, who tells Jesse to kill for him. The dreams grow more intense and Jesse unsuccessfully attempts different measures to keep himself awake. He eventually begins wandering the streets at night. One night, Jesse is caught by Schneider when ordering a drink and is made to run laps at school as punishment.

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

After sending Jesse to the showers, Schneider is attacked by an unseen force that drags him to the showers. Jesse vanishes into the steam and Freddy emerges, killing Schneider by slashing his back. Later, Jesse is horrified to see the glove on his hand. He is escorted home by police after being found wandering the streets naked, and his parents begin to suspect that Jesse may be on drugs or mentally disturbed. Lisa takes Jesse to an abandoned factory where Fred Krueger worked, but they find nothing there.

The following night, Jesse goes to Lisa’s pool party and kisses her in the cabana. Afterwards, his body begins to change and he leaves in a panic. He goes to Grady’s house, confesses to killing Schneider, and instructs Grady to watch him as he sleeps and to stop him if he tries to leave. When Grady eventually falls asleep, Freddy emerges from Jesse’s body and kills Grady. Freddy then changes back to Jesse, who finds himself looking at Freddy’s reflection in Grady’s mirror. He flees before Grady’s parents enter the room.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge Movie Poster (1985)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)

Directed by: Jack Sholder
Starring: Robert Englund, Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Melinda O. Fee, Hope Lange, Sydney Walsh, Christie Clark, Marshall Bell, Robert Rusler
Screenplay by: David Chaskin, Wes Craven
Production Design by: Gregg Fonseca
Cinematography by: Jacques Haitkin, Christopher Tufty
Film Editing by: Bob Brady, Arline Garson
Costume Design by: Gail Viola
Art Direction by: Maggie Martin
Music by: Christopher Young
Distributed by: New Line Cinema
Release Date: November 1, 1985