A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge is the second film in the Nightmare on Elm Street series of slasher films. It was released in 1985 by New Line Cinema. The film was directed by Jack Sholder.
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- Special-effects man Rick Lazzarini created a “demonic parakeet” puppet for the scene in which the Walsh’s pet parakeet flies around and explodes. His puppet was not used because they wanted a regular-looking bird.
- This is the only film in the series not to use Charles Bernstein’s original theme, or a variation of it.
- In the opening sequence, the bus driver is Robert Englund without the heavy “Freddy Krueger” make-up and his signature clothing.
- Cameo: [Robert Shaye] the S&M bartender.
- Brad Pitt, John Stamos and Christian Slater all auditioned for the role of Jesse.
- The song “Touch Me,” which is being played in Jesse’s room, is an early (and slightly different) version of Cathy Dennis’s #2 hit from the early 1990s.
- Nightmare series creator Wes Craven refused to work on this film because he never wanted or intended A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) to become an ongoing franchise (and even wanted the first film to have a happy ending), and also because he didn’t like the idea of Freddy manipulating the protagonist into committing the murders.
- The running time for this film is 87 minutes, Freddy appears in just 13 of them.
- JoAnn Willette is one of the girls seated in the back of the school bus driven by Freddy at the beginning of the film. She would later go on to star in the ABC sitcom “Just the Ten of Us” (1988), a program which not only featured numerous references to the “Nightmare on Elm Street” franchise, but also co-starred Heather Langenkamp (from the first, third, and seventh films) and Brooke Theiss (from the fourth film).
- The last film in the original “Nightmare” franchise in which Freddy’s house is the focal point of Freddy’s terror. In the rest of the series, Freddy’s terror revolves generally around Elm Street and the town of Springwood with the house occasionally making an appearance. In the hybrid film, “Freddy vs. Jason”, there was a reference in the film that Lori lived in Freddy’s house but the reference was cut from the theatrical release (but appears in the Deleted Scenes section of the DVD).
Mark Patton … Jesse Walsh
Kim Myers … Lisa Webber
Robert Rusler … Ron Grady
Clu Gulager … Ken Walsh
Hope Lange … Cheryl Walsh
Marshall Bell … Coach Schneider
Melinda O. Fee … Mrs. Webber
Thom McFadden … Mr. Webber
Sydney Walsh … Kerry
Robert Englund … Freddy Krueger