A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)
This is going to be frustrating, but all that stuff we said about the original A Nightmare On Elm Street? Forget it. The first of a great many sequels, Freddy’s Revenge does away with a lot of the terrifying mystery of the original in favor of a more straight-ahead slasher story. Freddy still inhabits the nightmares of his victims, including this time transforming the teen he’s pursuing into a version of himself — even though he’s much more of a normal murderer-type. And the kids are likeable, especially Kim Myers, playing Lisa and looking almost exactly like a young Meryl Streep. But the main appeal here is watching the series begin its transition from creepy dream-logic to kind of comical. It’s a self-awareness that helps diffuse the movie’s pure fright.
NIGHTMARE DAY PASS:
Everybody has a favorite A Nightmare on Elm Street movie, but it’s barely worth taking your red and green sweater to the cleaners if you’re only going to come see one! Let Freddy truly haunt your dreams – and your entire Saturday – by marathoning all six Elm Street movies on the primary timeline from the 1984 original through Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (yes, we know there were tangents like Freddy vs. Jason and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, but there are only so many hours in the day).
In a true test of your Freddy fandom, we’ll start the screenings at 10:00am, and run them in sequence – with a few minutes in between for comfort breaks and popcorn refills – through midnight:
- 10:00am – A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
- 12:30pm – A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)
- 3:00pm – A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
- 5:30pm – A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
- 8:00pm – A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
- 10:30pm – Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
The All-Day Nightmare Pass is $40, or $35 for Theatre Members.
Support is provided by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.