Prophecy is a 1979 American science fiction horror film directed by John Frankenheimer and written by David Seltzer. It stars Talia Shire and Armand Assante. Set in the Androscoggin or Ossipee River, the film follows an environmental agent and his wife filing a report on a paper mill in the river, not knowing that the paper mill's waste made a local bear mutate, having the bear turn rampant in the wilderness. A novelization of the film, written by Seltzer as well, was published, with the tagline "A Story of Unrelenting Terror". While searching for lost lumberjacks, three members of a search-and-rescue team are killed by an unseen force. Dr. Robert Verne accepts a job from the Environmental Protection Agency to write a report about a dispute between a logging operation and a Native American tribe near the Androscoggin River or Ossipee river in Maine. Dr. Verne's wife Maggie accompanies him on the trip, she is apprehensive to tell her husband as he is against having children. In the town, the local paper mill director, Bethel Isely blames the Native Americans, dubbed Opies for the missing lumberjacks and rescue team.
The Opies instead blame Katahdin, a vengeful spirit of the forest, awakened by the activities of the loggers, which Isely describes as "larger than a dragon with the eyes of a cat". The Vernes are disturbed when they witness a confrontation between the Opies and Isley's bodyguard, which nearly results in the death of an Opie, John Hawks; the Vernes see several signs of environmental damage: a salmon large enough to devour a duck. Hawks and his friend Ramona ask Verne to include Opie perspectives in his report, they believe the paper mill operations are somehow causing grave danger to the environment and people alike. Hector M'Rai, Ramona's grandfather, claims to have seen Katahdin and describes him as "part of everything in God's creation". Verne and Maggie tour the paper mill to look for incriminating evidence. Although Isely insists the mill has excellent safety protocols, Verne notices that Maggie's boots have mercury deposits—a mutagen that causes birth defects, it is used in logging as a fungicide and does not show up in water purity tests because it sinks to the bottom.
Verne determines to take blood tests from the Opies. That night, the Nelson family, who have set up a camp in the woods, are killed by Katahdin, a large bear with one of its sides containing horribly mutated skin. Isely and Sheriff Bartholomew Pilgrim believe Hawks and the Opies are responsible and try to arrest them. However, Hawks escapes. Verne and Ramona take a helicopter to the campsite to investigate the killings. Verne and Ramona find huge scratch marks on the trees while Maggie finds two mutated bear cubs, one dead and one alive, trapped in a salmon poacher's net. Forced to spend the night in the woods due to inclement weather, they nurse the cub back to health inside one of Hector's tepees. A distressed Maggie explains that she has eaten contaminated fish. Isely and Sheriff Pilgrim arrive and, upon seeing the mutant cub, accept that Hawks and his men are innocent of any crime. Katahdin attacks the camp in search of her cub. Pilgrim is killed but the others escape through tunnels beneath Hector's home.
The next day, Isely is killed by Kathadin. That night, she attacks the truck in which the others are driving away, they swim across a river to a log cabin. Verne drowns the cub. Katahdin kills Hector and Hawks, knocks Ramona and Maggie unconscious. Verne stabs Katahdin forcing her into the lake where she drowns; the next day and Maggie escape, unaware that another mutant creature is still active within the forest. Robert Foxworth as Dr. Robert Verne Talia Shire as Maggie Verne Armand Assante as John Hawks Victoria Racimo as Ramona Hawks Richard A. Dysart as Bethel Isley George Clutesi as Hector M'Rai Burke Byrnes as Travis Nelson Mia Bendixsen as Kathleen Nelson Johnny Timko as Paul Nelson Charles H. Gray as Sheriff Bartholomew Pilgrim Tom McFadden as Huntoon Graham Jarvis as Victor Shusette Everett Creach as Kelso Kevin Peter Hall as Katahdin Frank Welker as the voice of Katahdin Filmed in British Columbia, Canada in 1978, this film marked the beginning of "Hollywood North", the major start to the development of a massive film production business in Vancouver and other areas within the province.
Since hundreds of "American" movies have been filmed in the Canadian province. Some violence/gore and other scenes were deleted not because of the censors but on a decision made by John Frankenheimer; this included a longer close-up of a man's headless corpse and a shot of Katahdin graphically disemboweling Isley, a flashback to the night where Rob and Maggie have sex, extensions of several scenes, including a longer tour of the paper mill and Rob fishing, which showed him falling asleep and waking up in the sun. The original concept for Katahdin was more terrifying than what would show up on screen. However, when director John Frankenheimer saw the concept, he suggested that it should be altered to look more "bear-like"; the original concept was quite close to the poster art. Frankenheimer considered Prophecy a film with far more potential than what he delivered, ostensibly due to his alcoholism; the film was given a theatrical release in the United States by Paramount Pictures in June 1979.
It grossed $22.7 million at the box office. The film was given a VHS release by Paramoun
Valdez Is Coming
Valdez Is Coming is a 1971 American western film directed by Edwin Sherin and starring Burt Lancaster, Susan Clark, Richard Jordan and Jon Cypher. The film is based on the Elmore Leonard novel of the same name. Aging town constable Bob Valdez is tricked into killing an innocent man by powerful rancher Frank Tanner, whose hired gun R. L. Davis shot up the hovel where the wrongly accused his Indian wife were trapped. Valdez believes it would be a fair gesture to raise $200 for the widow, $100 from Tanner and the rest from others in town. Tanner is livid at the old man's suggestion, he orders ranch hand El Segundo and his men to tie Valdez to a heavy wooden cross and drive him into the desert. The central pole is so long, he finds an oasis blocked by two trees that he tries to ram with the ends of the cross. When it breaks, the jagged ends are driven into Valdez's back. Davis cuts the ropes, freeing the unconscious man; the badly injured Valdez is able to crawl to the ranch of his friend Diego, where he is nursed back to health.
For Tanner, he has picked on the wrong man: Valdez is a wily, experienced Indian fighter and a marksman with a rifle. He dons his old cavalry uniform and sends Tanner a message via one of the rancher's wounded men: "Valdez is coming." Valdez sneaks into the compound and, during the ensuing gun battle and his escape, kidnaps Tanner's woman, Gay Erin, for whose favors it is rumored that Tanner had her husband killed. With her in restraints, Valdez proceeds to systematically do away with the men Tanner sends after him with his long-range Sharps rifle; the only one he shows mercy to is Davis, after the gunman screams, "I cut you loose! I cut you loose!" and reveals that the cut on the left wrist of Valdez concealed under his glove came when his knife slipped as he cut the ropes off. Now he has two hostages. While hiding from Tanner's posse, Valdez realizes. Valdez confronts her and she admits that it was she who killed her own husband in order to be with Tanner, not the other way around, he sets her free, but by now Tanner's woman is sympathetic to his cause, feeling guilty because she was the cause of all the deaths so far.
Despite Gay Erin's help, Valdez is surrounded and captured. Tanner and his men ride up; the men are ordered to shoot, but R. L. Davis backs off, showing he has no gun, El Segundo calls his men aside, refusing to obey orders; that leaves Tanner to do his own dirty work --. Tanner turns out to be a coward one-on-one. Valdez tells him he should have paid the $100 The woman makes it clear she will not return to Tanner. Burt Lancaster as Valdez Susan Clark as Gay Erin Jon Cypher as Frank Tanner Frank Silvera as Diego Héctor Elizondo as Mexican Rider Phil Brown as Malson Richard Jordan as R. L. Davis Barton Heyman as El Segundo Ralph Brown as Beaudry Werner Hasselmann as Sheriff Lex Monson as Rincon Sylvia Poggioli as Segundo's Girl José García García as Carlos María Montez as Anita Juanita Penaloza as Indian Woman The film was filmed in southern Spain in locales used by Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone in his European'spaghetti' Westerns; the desert-like terrain of this isolated region of Spain resembles the U.
S. southwest and parts of Sonora, though the vegetation is not the same. When director Sydney Pollack was attached to the property, Lancaster was slated to play Frank Tanner with Marlon Brando as Valdez; these plans failed to materialize. The film received mediocre to negative reviews. Vincent Canby of The New York Times praised Lancaster's on-screen presence but wrote that, "A lot of fancy flourishes, which I associate with Mr. Sherin's stage work, are apparent in the film, as in its picturesque groupings of picturesque characters, in a musical score that's much given to comment on the action."When the film was released to video, Ty Burr of Entertainment Weekly wrote that, "Slow and choppy, Valdez manages an astounding feat: It drains Lancaster of personality." Valdez Is Coming on IMDb Valdez Is Coming at Rotten Tomatoes Valdez Is Coming at the TCM Movie Database Valdez Is Coming film trailer on YouTube
The Fall Guy
The Fall Guy was an American action/adventure television program produced for ABC and broadcast from November 4, 1981, to May 2, 1986. It starred Lee Majors, Douglas Barr, Heather Thomas as Hollywood stunt performers who moonlight as bounty hunters. Lee Majors plays a Hollywood stunt man who moonlights as a bounty hunter, he uses his physical skills and knowledge of stunt effects to capture criminals. He is accompanied by his cousin and stuntman-in-training Howie Munson - who studied in Nashville -, whom Colt calls "Kid", by fellow stunt performer Jody Banks. Guitarist and lead singer of The Diamonds, Dave Somerville, had been asked by television executives to develop a song for TV series based on the life of an anonymous stuntman. Although the original show never went forward, a year when asked to vacation with his friend Glen A. Larson at Larson's holiday home in Hawaii, the only original song Somerville had in his guitar case was the same song. Larson had been trying to develop a TV show about stuntmen, on hearing the song began developing his idea.
On their return to Los Angeles and Somerville pitched the idea to ABC Studios, opening their pitch with Somerville playing the song on his guitar, now called The Ballad Of The Unknown Stuntman. Just on the five minute pitch alone, ABC Studios agreed that Larson could write a funded pilot show. Whilst writing the pilot, Larson met actor Lee Majors in an airport terminal. Looking for a new project post the Larson-produced Six Million Dollar Man, Majors agreed to take on the lead role in the pilot; the series became known from the pilot onwards for its frequent cameos by Hollywood celebrities, the occasional in-joke referring to Majors' previous starring role in The Six Million Dollar Man. The pilot featured a cameo appearance by his friend James Coburn. In the series, due to Majors' pending divorce, Larson cast actress Heather Thomas in the Fawcett role, having cast her in other pilot shows at Universal Studios. Seavers' house was built on a studio backlot, but its design was based on Somerville's real house which still exists today in the Hollywood hills, which had an outside bathtub.
During the first-season episodes an episode begins with a voice-over introduction from Majors explaining the precarious life of a Hollywood stuntman, how he, Seavers, is unable to make a full-time living from stunt work and must moonlight as a bounty hunter. This is intercut with actual Hollywood stock footage from various eras of dangerous movie stunts, such as an exploding plane plunging straight into the ground, a motorcycle jumping through a flaming hoop, a biplane crashing/barnstorming into a barn. After the voice-over introduction, the crew is seen performing a stunt for a film or TV series when Seavers is assigned to finding, for example, a man who has skipped bail, his case turns out to be more complicated. In the course of dealing with the villains, Seavers performs a stunt similar to the one shown at the beginning of the show. Seavers's voice-over narration was dropped from the second season onward. Colt Seavers – Lee Majors Howie Munson – Douglas Barr Jody Banks – Heather Thomas Samantha "Big Jack" Jack – Jo Ann Pflug Terri Shannon / Michaels – Markie Post A comic strip adaptation was drawn by Jim Baikie for Look-In magazine.
On June 5, 2007, 20th Century Fox released the first season of The Fall Guy on DVD in Region 1. As with a number of other TV shows of the era released on DVD, the 6-disc set contains extensive music substitutions due to copyright reasons. Due to poor sales it is unknown. Season 1 was released on DVD in Region 2 in Germany and the UK. Season 2 has been released in Region 2, in Germany on November 28, 2008 and in the UK on February 16, 2009; the highest rating is in bold text. Seavers's truck was a Rounded-Line 1981 GMC K-2500 Wideside with the Sierra Grande equipment level package. A Rounded-Line 1980 GMC K-25 Wideside with the High Sierra equipment level package was used. Supplied at low-cost to the production by General Motors, during the show's initial series the stunts took their toll on the modified production trucks, so several different years and models were used during the show's initial run; as a result, there are some inconsistencies in the episodes. For the second series onwards, General Motors supplied three specially adapted trucks for the stunt sequences, with the engine moved to a mid-chassis position under the cab seat.
This meant that these trucks flew in a flatter-projection whilst in the air, flew further, landed flat on the ground, allowing them to be reused for multiple takes and shows At the end of the series, the remaining trucks were either auctioned or given away in a contest. One of them was sold on eBay in 2003. In July 2010, the Los Angeles Times reported. DreamWorks has teamed up with producer Walter F. Parkes on the project. Martin Campbell was in talks to direct the film. DreamWorks, through Disney's Touchstone Pictures distribution label, will release the film in North America, Latin America, Russia and Asia, while Mister Smith Entertainment will handle sales in the remaining territories; as of September 2013, Dwayne Johnson was in negotiations to play the title role and McG was in talks to direct. 1981 in American television The Fall Guy on IMDb The Fall Guy at TV.com The Fall Guy at epguides.com
Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman Macdonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, during the settlement of the American West; the central character is lawman Marshal Matt Dillon, played by William Conrad on radio and James Arness on television. When aired in the UK, the television series was titled Gun Law reverting to Gunsmoke; the radio series ran from 1952 to 1961. John Dunning wrote that among radio drama enthusiasts, "Gunsmoke is placed among the best shows of any kind and any time." The television series ran for 20 seasons from 1955 to 1975, lasted for 635 episodes. At the end of its run in 1975, Los Angeles Times columnist Cecil Smith wrote: "Gunsmoke was the dramatization of the American epic legend of the west. Our own Iliad and Odyssey, created from standard elements of the dime novel and the pulp Western as romanticized by Buntline and Twain, it was the stuff of legend." In the late 1940s, CBS chairman William S. Paley, a fan of the Philip Marlowe radio serial, asked his programming chief, Hubell Robinson, to develop a hardboiled Western series, a show about a "Philip Marlowe of the Old West".
Robinson instructed his West Coast CBS Vice President, Harry Ackerman, who had developed the Philip Marlowe series, to take on the task. Ackerman and his scriptwriters, Mort Fine and David Friedkin, created an audition script called "Mark Dillon Goes to Gouge Eye" based on one of their Michael Shayne radio scripts, "The Case of the Crooked Wheel" from the summer of 1948. Two versions were recorded; the first, recorded in June 1949, was much like a hardboiled detective series and starred Michael Rye as Dillon. CBS liked the Culver version better, Ackerman was told to proceed. A complication arose, though; the project was shelved for three years, when producer Norman Macdonnell and writer John Meston discovered it while creating an adult Western series of their own. Macdonnell and Meston wanted to create a radio Western for adults, in contrast to the prevailing juvenile fare such as The Lone Ranger and The Cisco Kid. Gunsmoke was set in Dodge City, during the thriving cattle days of the 1870s. Dunning notes, "The show drew critical acclaim for unprecedented realism."
The radio series first aired on CBS on April 26, 1952 with the episode "Billy the Kid", written by Walter Newman, ended on June 18, 1961. The show stars William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, Howard McNear as Doc Charles Adams, Georgia Ellis as Kitty Russell, Parley Baer as Dillon's assistant, Chester Wesley Proudfoot. Matt Dillon was played on radio on TV by James Arness. Two versions of the same pilot episode titled "Mark Dillon Goes to Gouge Eye" are in the archives with two different actors, Rye Billsbury and Howard Culver, playing Marshal "Mark" Dillon as the lead, not yet played by Conrad. Conrad was one of the last actors to audition for the role of Marshal Dillon. With a resonantly powerful and distinctive voice, Conrad was one of radio's busiest actors. Though Meston championed him, Macdonnell thought. During his audition, Conrad won over Macdonnell after reading only a few lines. Dillon, as portrayed by Conrad, was a isolated man, toughened by a hard life. Macdonnell claimed, "Much of Matt Dillon's character grew out of Bill Conrad."Meston relished the upending of cherished Western fiction clichés and felt that few Westerns gave any inkling of how brutal the Old West was in reality.
Many episodes were based on man's cruelty to man and woman, inasmuch as the prairie woman's life and the painful treatment of women as chattels were touched on well ahead of their time in most media. As pitched to CBS executives, this was to be an adult Western, not a grown-up Hopalong Cassidy. Dunning writes that Meston was disgusted by the archetypal Western hero and set out "to destroy character he loathed". In Meston's view, "Dillon was as scarred as the homicidal psychopaths who drifted into Dodge from all directions." Chester was played by Parley Baer on radio, by Dennis Weaver on television. Chester's character had no surname until Baer ad libbed "Proudfoot" during an early rehearsal. Initial Gunsmoke scripts gave him no name at all. Again, Conrad's sense of what the program would be supervened, Chester was born. Chester's middle initial was given as "W" in the June 15, 1958, episode "Old Flame", a few episodes on the July 7, 1958, episode "Marshal Proudfoot", his middle name, that of his 10 siblings, is revealed to be Wesley.
The amiable Waco expatriate was described as Dillon's "assistant", but in the December 13, 1952, episode "Post Martin", Dillon described Chester as Dillon's deputy. Contradicting this description, in the July 5, 1954, episode "Hank Prine" Dillon corrects a prisoner who describes Chester as his "deputy", stating "Chester is not my deputy", though they both agree Chester acts like he is. Whatever his title, Chester was Dillon's foil, partner, in an episode in which Chester nearly dies, Dillon allows that Chester was the only person he could trust; the TV series changed the newly limping Chester's last name from Proudfoot to Goode. Chester was played by Dennis Weaver, who went on to star in the NBC Mystery Movie rotating TV series entry of a police drama with a comedic touch, McCloud, in the early
The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series that ran on NBC from 1983 to 1987 about former members of a fictitious United States Army Special Forces unit. The members, after being court-martialed "for a crime they didn't commit", escaped from military prison and, while still on the run, worked as soldiers of fortune; the series was created by Stephen J. Frank Lupo. A feature film based on the series was released by 20th Century Fox in 2010; the A-Team was created by writers and producers Stephen J. Cannell and Frank Lupo at the behest of Brandon Tartikoff, NBC's Entertainment president. Cannell was fired from ABC in the early 1980s, after failing to produce a hit show for the network, was hired by NBC. Brandon Tartikoff pitched the series to Cannell as a combination of The Dirty Dozen, Mission Impossible, The Magnificent Seven, Mad Max and Hill Street Blues, with "Mr. T driving the car"; the A-Team was not expected to become a hit, although Stephen J. Cannell has said that George Peppard suggested it would be a huge hit "before we turned on a camera".
The show became popular. The A-Team was portrayed as helping the oppressed; the show remains prominent in popular culture for its cartoonish violence, formulaic episodes, its characters' ability to form weaponry and vehicles out of old parts, its distinctive theme tune. The show boosted the career of Mr. T, who portrayed the character of B. A. Baracus, around whom the show was conceived; some of the show's catchphrases, such as "I love it when a plan comes together", "Hannibal's on the jazz", "I ain't gettin' on no plane!" have made their way onto T-shirts and other merchandise. The show's name comes from the "A-Teams", the nickname coined for U. S. Special Forces' Operational Detachments Alpha during the Vietnam War, although this connection was never mentioned on-screen. In a 2003 Yahoo! survey of 1,000 television viewers, The A-Team was voted the "oldie" television show viewers would most like to see revived, beating out such popular television series from the 1980s as The Dukes of Hazzard and Knight Rider.
The A-Team is a episodic show, with few overarching stories, except the characters' continuing motivation to clear their names, with few references to events in past episodes and a recognizable and steady episode structure. In describing the ratings drop that occurred during the show's fourth season, reviewer Gold Burt points to this structure as being a leading cause for the decreased popularity "because the same basic plot had been used over and over again for the past four seasons with the same predictable outcome". Reporter Adrian Lee called the plots "stunningly simple" in a 2006 article for The Express, citing such recurring elements "as BA's fear of flying, outlandish finales when the team fashioned weapons from household items"; the show became emblematic of this kind of "fit-for-TV warfare" due to its depiction of high-octane combat scenes, with lethal weapons, wherein the participants are never killed and seriously injured. As the television ratings of The A-Team fell during the fourth season, the format was changed for the show's final season in 1986–87 in a bid to win back viewers.
After years on the run from the authorities, the A-Team is apprehended by the military. General Hunt Stockwell, a mysterious CIA operative played by Robert Vaughn, propositions them to work for him, whereupon he will arrange for their pardons upon successful completion of several suicide missions. In order to do so, the A-Team must first escape from their captivity. With the help of a new character, Frankie "Dishpan Man" Santana, Stockwell fakes their deaths before a military firing squad; the new status of the A-Team, no longer working for themselves, remained for the duration of the fifth season while Eddie Velez and Robert Vaughn received star billing along with the principal cast. The missions that the team had to perform in season five were somewhat reminiscent of Mission: Impossible, based more around political espionage than beating local thugs usually taking place in foreign countries, including overthrowing an island dictator, the rescue of a scientist from East Germany, recovering top secret Star Wars defense information from Soviet hands.
These changes proved unsuccessful with viewers and ratings continued to decline. Only 13 episodes aired in the fifth season. In what was supposed to be the final episode, "The Grey Team", after being misled by Stockwell one time too many, tells him that the team will no longer work for him. At the end, the team discusses what they were going to do if they get their pardon, it is implied that they would continue doing what they were doing as the A-Team; the character of Howling Mad Murdock can be seen in the final scene wearing a T-shirt that says, "Fini". During the Vietnam War, the A-Team were members of the 5th Special Forces Group. In the episode "Bad Time on the Border", Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith, portrayed by George Peppard, indicated that the A-Team were "ex-Green Berets". During the Vietnam War, the A-Team's commanding officer, Colonel Morrison, gave them orders to rob the Bank of Hanoi to help bring the war to an end, they succeeded in their mission, but on their return to base four da
Wrong Is Right
Wrong Is Right, released in the UK as The Man with the Deadly Lens, is a 1982 American comedy thriller film directed by Richard Brooks from his own script based on Charles McCarry's novel The Better Angels. The film, starring Sean Connery as TV news reporter Patrick Hale, is about the theft of two suitcase nukes, deals with media bias, reality television, government conspiracy, Islamic terrorism. In the near future, violence has become something of a national sport and television news has fallen to tabloid depths. Patrick Hale, a globe-trotting reporter with access to a staggering array of world leaders, has ventured to the Arab country of Hegreb to interview his old acquaintance, King Ibn Awad. Awad has learned. In the intricate plot that unfolds, nothing is quite the way it seems, Hale finds himself caught between political leaders, revolutionaries, CIA agents and other figures, trying to get to the bottom of it all. Sean Connery as Patrick Hale Robert Conrad as General Wombat George Grizzard as President Bedford Forrest “Frosty” Lockwood Katharine Ross as Sally Blake G.
D. Spradlin as Jack Philindros John Saxon as Homer Hubbard Henry Silva as Rafeeq Leslie Nielsen as Franklin Mallory Hardy Krüger as Helmut Unger Robert Webber as Harvey Ron Moody as King Awad Rosalind Cash as Mrs. Ford Dean Stockwell as Hacker Jennifer Jason Leigh as Young Girl Mickey Jones as Gunman Rosalind Cash was nominated for an Image Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture. Wrong Is Right on IMDb Wrong Is Right at Rotten Tomatoes Wrong Is Right at AllMovie
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge is a 1985 American slasher film directed by Jack Sholder and the second installment in the A Nightmare on Elm Street film series. David Chaskin wrote the screenplay, it stars Kim Myers, Robert Rusler and Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger. Patton plays Jesse Walsh, a teenager who, after moving into the home of Nancy Thompson, begins to have recurring nightmares about Freddy Krueger, out to possess him in order to kill in the real world, it is the sequel to A Nightmare on Elm Street and is followed by A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. The film grossed $30 million at the North American box office. Five years after Freddy Krueger's apparent defeat, the Walshes have moved into the Thompsons' former home, their teenage son, has a nightmare about being stalked by a killer driving a school bus. He 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 has 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 him to kill for him. The dreams grow more intense and Jesse unsuccessfully attempts different measures to keep himself awake, he begins wandering the streets at night. One night, he is caught by Schneider ordering a drink and is made to run laps at school as punishment. 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. Jesse is horrified to see the glove on his hand.
He is escorted home by police after being found wandering the streets naked, his parents begin to suspect that Jesse may be on drugs or mentally disturbed. Lisa takes Jesse to an abandoned factory where Freddy Krueger worked; the following night, Jesse 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, instructs Grady to watch him as he sleeps and to stop him if he tries to leave. When Grady falls asleep, Freddy emerges from Jesse's body and kills Grady. Freddy changes back to Jesse, who finds himself looking at Freddy's laughing reflection in Grady's mirror, he flees. Returning to Lisa's house, Jesse tells her. Lisa realizes that Jesse's terror is giving Freddy his strength, but he cannot stop fearing him and transforms again, he locks her parents in their bedroom and attacks Lisa, but realizes he cannot harm her due to Jesse's influence. He goes outside. Lisa's father emerges with a shotgun, but Lisa stops him from shooting Freddy, who escapes in a ball of flame.
She drives to the factory, facing sudden nightmares and having to control her fear before confronting Freddy. She pleads with Jesse to fight Freddy; when Lisa confesses her love for Jesse and kisses Freddy, Jesse begins to fight back. Freddy turns to ash, from which Jesse emerges; as Jesse and Lisa's friend Kerry are taking the bus to school, Jesse begins to notice similarities to his original nightmare and panics. After Lisa calms Jesse down, Kerry says that it is all over just before Freddy's clawed arm bursts through her chest. Freddy laughs; the film's special effects were headed by Kevin Yagher, who handled Freddy's design, Mark Shostrom, responsible for the transformation effects wherein Freddy comes out of Jesse's body. In a interview, Yagher expressed disappointment and confusion regarding the ending of the film. In 1985, the film opened in 614 theaters, making $2.9 million in its opening weekend, coming in fourth place. In the US, the film made $30 million on a budget of $3 million. Critical reaction of the film was mixed upon release, with some criticism in comparison to its predecessor.
Janet Maslin of The New York Times praised the film, saying that it has "clever special effects, a good leading performance and a villain so chatty he makes this a human-interest story". The review gave the lead performances positive reviews, noting, "Mr. Patton and Miss Myers make likable teen-age heroes, Mr. Englund turns Freddy into a welcome presence. Clu Gulager and Hope Lange have some good moments as Jesse's parents, Marshall Bell scowls ferociously as the coach who calls his charges dirtballs and, attacked by a demonic towel." Variety gave the film a positive review saying, "Episodic treatment is punched up by an imaginative series of special effects. The standout is a grisly chest-burster setpiece." In a negative review, People called the film a "tedious, humorless mess". The film holds a 38% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 26 reviews. Film commentators have remarked on the film's perceived homoerotic theme, claiming its subtext suggests Jesse is a repressed homosexual, they note, in particular, the scenes where he encounters his gym teacher at a gay bar, his flight to a male friend's house after he attempts to make out with his girlfriend at her pool party.
Further, actor Mark Patton, who plays Jesse, playe