Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

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Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
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Genre: Horror
Photography: Color
Running Time: 89 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: 13 September 1991
Directed by: Rachel Talalay
Written by: Rachel Talalay
Michael DeLuca
Distributed by: New Line Cinema
Starring: Robert Englund
Lisa Zane
Shon Greenblatt
Breckin Meyer
Yaphet Kotto
Previous film: A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
Next film: Wes Craven's New Nightmare

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare is the sixth film in the original A Nightmare on Elm Street series.

Plot

Having murdered all the children of his hometown of Springwood, Freddy Krueger sends the last surviving teenager to another town in order to fetch him more victims. When "John Doe" returns to Springwood along with psychologist Maggie Burroughs and three other survivors, he begins to suspect that Freddy's actual goal is to find his long-lost child, who will allow him to escape the town and start murdering children throughout the entire world.

Why It Sucks

  1. The film doesn't even try to be scary, and goes for outright comedy most of the time.
  2. Only three kills (not including Freddy's own death), which are all completely ridiculous. One of them involves him using a demonic version of the Power Glove to put one of the characters in a video game, then make him jump to his death in a bottomless pit.
  3. Lame gore effects, which make it feel more like a low-budget Troma film than something from a major studio. In particular, one of the characters is shown to have green blood for some reason when Freddy makes his head explode.
  4. Freddy gets all kind of additional powers that make no sense, including letting him alter things in the real world when nobody nearby is asleep, and causing the kids he's killed to be erased from history.
  5. Most of the characters are uninteresting.
  6. Major retcons to the continuity of the series. None of the previous films mentioned Freddy having a wife or child, yet not only does he turn out to have had both, it's revealed that his entire reason for killing children was because his child was taken away after he murdered his wife.
  7. One of the characters turns out to have been sexually abused by her father. Not only is this uncomfortable to watch, it feels way out of tone with the rest of the film, and would have fit better in one of the darker earlier entries in the series.
  8. For some reason the producers decided to have the film's climax shot in 3D, even though there wasn't a 3D fad in the early 90s. What's more, all the 3D effects look absolutely horrible, even when viewed in 2D.
  9. The method by which they "permanently" kill Freddy is the same one that the heroine used to deal with him in the first film. Considering that Freddy went on to appear in five more films and murder half of the population of an entire town, that should have clued someone in that this wouldn't have been an effective solution. (Most likely they were keeping open their options for a seventh film in case this one did well, though the eventual New Nightmare was set in the "real world")
  10. Abrupt ending that feels unsatisfying for the finale of a film series. Maggie blows Freddy up with a pipe bomb, announces that "Freddy's dead", and that's it.
  11. Much like how the Friday the 13th film series had announced its fourth film as the "Final Chapter", this ended up not being the final film in the series. Even ignoring New Nightmare, which isn't set in the same continuity, Freddy would make his eventual return in the crossover film Freddy Vs. Jason.
  12. Has some weird, pointless and unnecessary cameos like Tom Arnold, Roseanne Bar and even Johnny Depp who surprisingly appeared in the original A Nightmare On Elm Street, but here he only appears for like 11 Seconds

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Decent twist halfway through, when it turns out that Freddy's kid actually isn't "John Doe", but rather Maggie.
  2. A few creepy scenes with Maggie and the other characters exploring Springwood, which is now filled with mostly-catatonic adults trying to act as though they still have children.
  3. Breckin Meyer's character is pretty funny.
  4. The soundtrack is great such as Goo Goo Dolls - I'm Awake Now and Iggy Pop – "Why Was I Born? (Freddy's Dead)
  5. Johnny Depp, Tom Arnold and Alice Cooper all make cameo appearances in this movie, even if it served no purpose.
  6. Some of the self-aware humour is pretty good.

Reception

While the film was a box-office hit, and at the time the third-most successful Elm Street film, it was negatively reviewed and is widely regarded as the worst film in the series, complete with a 20% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Series creator Wes Craven later revealed that while he watched all the sequels to prepare for writing New Nightmare, he thought this one was so bad that he didn't even bother watching it all the way through.

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