Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

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Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
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Freddy's Dead: The Live-Action Looney Tunes episode. Featuring a fedora-wearing boogeyman, with a finger knife glove.
Genre: Horror
Directed By: Rachel Talalay
Produced By: Robert Shaye
Aron Warner
Written By: Rachel Talalay
Michael DeLuca
Starring: Robert Englund
Lisa Zane
Shon Greenblatt
Breckin Meyer
Yaphet Kotto
Photography: Color
Distributed By: New Line Cinema
Release Date: 13 September 1991
Runtime: 89 minutes
Country: United States
Prequel: A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
Sequel: Wes Craven's New NightmareGMW


Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (also known as A Nightmare on Elm Street 6: The Final Nightmare) is a 1991 American slasher film and the sixth installment in the Nightmare on Elm Street series. The film is the sequel to A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child and was originally intended to be the final installment of the series; Wes Craven's New Nightmare was released three years later but takes place outside the series canon. A canonical sequel, Freddy vs. Jason, was released in 2003. This was New Line Cinema's first 3D film release.

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare was released on September 13, 1991.

Plot

Murderous ghoul Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) has slaughtered every last child in his hometown. He ventures on to a new location, scouting fresh young victims to hack up with his finger blades. He arrives in a small town in which his long-lost daughter, Maggie (Lisa Zane), works as a therapist for troubled youths. He attempts to recruit her for his dastardly pursuits, but she has other ideas. Father and daughter meet for a bloody showdown that will determine Freddy's fate once and for all.

Why It Sucks

  1. The film doesn't even try to be scary and goes for outright comedy most of the time.
  2. Freddy is way too goofy in this film, even worse than in A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child. He says and does many cartoony and unfunny things, including:
    • Acting like the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz and saying "I'll get you my pretty, and your little soul too."
    • "No screaming while the bus is in motion," and saying it in a hammy way.
    • Acting like an uncontrolled monkey while Carlos is deaf.
    • Playing a video game and making stupid sound effects.
    • Pushing a bed of nails while acting like Wile E Coyote.
  3. Spencer’s kill is awful. It involves Freddy using a demonic version of the Power Glove to put Spencer in a video game, then make him jump to his death in a bottomless pit.
  4. Lame gore effects, which make it feel more like a low-budget Troma film than something from a major studio. In particular, Carlos is shown to have green blood for some reason when Freddy makes his head explode.
  5. Like A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge, Freddy gets all kinds of additional powers that make no sense, even worse than Freddy's Revenge, including:
    • He can now alter things in the real world when nobody nearby is asleep.
    • He can cause the kids he killed to be erased from history.
    • He can go inside Maggie's head even when she is partially awake (she also conveniently falls partially asleep in that scene).
    • He can now create an Elm Street in every town.
  6. Some of the characters are uninteresting.
  7. Major retcons to the continuity of the series:
    • None of the previous films mentioned Freddy having a wife or child.
    • None of the previous films revealed that his entire reason for killing children was because his child was taken away after he murdered his wife.
      • However, Freddy killing children and his wife was the reason his daughter was taken away.
    • Alice, Yvonne, nor Jacob, the survivors from the previous movie, The Dream Child, are in the film nor are mentioned. So what exactly happened to them? An early script revealed that Alice was killed by Freddy and that John Doe is actually a grown-up Jacob, but the final version doesn't make any of this clear.
  8. Tracy turns out to have been sexually abused by her father. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. The method by which they "permanently" kill Freddy, is the same one that Nancy 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 the seventh film in case this one did well, though the eventual New Nightmare was set in the "real world")
    • Speaking of ripping off the method from the original film, this film rips off parts of the other sequels, too:
      • The bus nightmare from Freddy's Revenge
      • The youth center element from A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
      • The scene where Tracy, Carlos, and Spencer drive through Springwood and keep landing at the same place is similar to Alice and Dan driving in a loop in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
      • Freddy trying to convince and win someone (in this case Maggie) over onto his side is what he tried to do with Jacob in The Dream Child
      • The feeding tube tunnel from The Dream Child
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Despite the fact its called Freddy's Dead, it only has 5 kills, Carlos, Spencer, John, Freddy's stepdad, and Loretta Krueger (Freddy doesn't really count since he is revived in Freddy Vs. Jason). With a name like The Final Nightmare, you would expect the movie to have a massive body count, but that isn't the case here. It has 4 less kills than Freddy's Revenge, and has less than Dream Warriors and The Dream Master.

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. Spencer 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, Roseanne Bar, and Alice Cooper all make interesting cameo appearances in this movie, even if they served no purpose.
  6. Some of the self-aware humor is pretty good.
  7. The 3 main deaths have some decent qualities. Carlos’ death, the head explosion, is pretty cool, the TV spilling blood for Spencer's death is a nice touch, and the effects for John's death are neat.
  8. Carlos, Spencer, and Tracy are decent characters.
  9. The performances are 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, along with the remake. It currently holds a 19% positive rating on film review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 31 reviews. The site critical consensus reads, "Reducing the once-terrifying Dream Reaper into a goofy caricature, this joyless climax will leave audiences hoping Freddy stays dead.".

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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