It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of slasher films, and here I've tried to compile a list of…
Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
They saved the best for last.
Just when you thought it was safe to sleep, Freddy Krueger returns in this sixth installment of the Nightmare on Elm Street films, as psychologist Maggie Burroughs, tormented by recurring nightmares, meets a patient with the same horrific dreams. Their quest for answers leads to a certain house on Elm Street -- where the nightmares become reality.
Wow, I never realized that Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare was so universally hated!! I think after The Dream Master and The Dream Child, I welcomed The Final Nightmare with open arms.
I don't know if you can say I'm biased but I do have a bit of a crush on, director, Rachel Talalay. I love that she worked her way up through the entire NOES series until she was finally in the director's chair, herself. Her love for the series shines in the final film all the way through to the end credits (which are accompanied with clips from all six films).
Taking inspiration from the work she did with John Waters on Cry Baby, the casting of a…
You can't scare me anymore.
The seeds of disaster first popped up in possibly the franchise's best sequel in Part 3: Dream Warriors. With each subsequent film the dream sequences became sillier while the one liners became lamer. As a fan you could see the derailment coming as each sequel seemed to speed even faster towards it. Freddy's Dead is the culmination of that as we finally get the complete train wreck that everyone could see coming, but no one seemed to be able to avoid.
Rachel Talalay makes her directorial debut here, and I almost feel bad saying anything bad about her as she's worked on every single Nightmare on Elm Street film since…
So we reach the final installment of A Nightmare on Elm Street.
What a mind meltingly awful way to go out too!!
Now I remember back in the mists of time, my newly teenaged mind enjoyed this mostly because I was in love with Maggie and it was in 3D!! (or Freddy-Vision as they called it). By the time we rented the video it had only 1 pair of glasses still inside the case.
Obviously this meant my brother missed out and I wore them.
Then on the subsequent 3 rewatches before we returned it to the shop...he still missed out as I wore them again. Sucks to be the youngest!!
These days it is in 2D and you remember…
I'm genuinely surprised this film has such a low rating on Letterboxd. Maybe you all weren't watching it right after "The Dream Master" and "The Dream Child" because "Freddy's Dead" is a breath of fresh air. After two dour and nonsensical films, "Freddy's Dead" wisely clears the slate, jumps forward ten years, and drops the dour while keeping the nonsense. I saw some reviews questioning the logic, like how could dynamite kill Freddy for good (oh... spoiler alert for the title?) and all I can say is "Really?" This is the sixth film in a series about a boogeyman who kills in dreams. You want to quibble about logic now? Even the best in the series didn't make any goddamn…
When the kid fell down the hill at the very beginning, I had high hopes for this film. It was like that scene from HOT ROD but completely unaware of how ridiculous it looked. I laughed until I cried. And then the rest of the movie happened and I cried some more. Out of anger. And embarrassment. And sadness. And wut.
I didn't review the other two installments, because I would've been saying the same thing over and over again. This installment is my FUCKING nightmare. Shittiest plot, shitty characters, shitty effects, that goddamn 3D, just everything. This was just one film too many.
Brief Thoughts: I’ll be honest here - for the first half-hour or so, I was digging it. Sure, there was a lot of execrable rubbish, but after five Elm Street movies I was expecting that. What I wasn’t expecting was to actually like some of this. The initial airplane sequence was a breath of fresh air after the increasingly tedious openings of movie’s 4 & 5, and the notion of Springwood as an inescapable labyrinth of grotesque carnivals and gurning whack-jobs was kind of cool - the characters may have name-checked Twin Peaks, but to me this ghost-town had a welcome whiff of ’Salem’s Lot, which made me unreasonably happy.
Then an innocent-seeming house transforms into a more threatening one in…
Contrary to most people on letterboxd, I actually kinda liked this sequel. Admittedly, the first half isn't that great. There were a lot of useless characters that I just didn't care about. Some of the dream sequences were kinda dumb and a little too cheesy but, once they started getting into Freddy's backstory I enjoyed it more. I thought it was a good note to end the series on (i've excluded New Nightmare since it exists in a world outside of the first 6 films) and a fitting way to "officially" kill off Freddy.
Freddy is now purely played for laughs, and he is genuinely funny at times, but it does not nearly make up for the tedious meandering plot that sees the dream psycho seek out his own daughter after having dispensed of all the kids of Springwood. It feels redundant, but the atrocious acting and writing are made even worse by the appalling special effects and awfully rendered 3D end-segment. Thankfully this did not end up being Freddy's sendoff after all. Look out for cameos by Alice Cooper, Roseanne Barr and Tom Arnold, and Johnny Depp.
Reasonably entertaining 'last' Nightmare sequel, with the usual blend of Freddy awesomeness, cool special effects and an interesting, but not quite successful plot.
It gets bonus points for having a Johnny Depp cameo which credited him as Oprah Noodlemantra.
Excerpted from my review of Cinefamily's All-Nighter on Elm Street:
"Things begin to improve in the ill-titled Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare. Set ten years after the previous installment, Freddy has successfully killed all of the children in Springwood (presumably including Alice’s baby – good riddance) save one, who he sends out in the world to bring back more victims. John Doe (Shon Greenblatt) does just that after a brief stay in a youth shelter. Among this new band of kids hides Freddy’s own child – will he or she manage to finally put an end to the immortal nightmare monster?
Freddy’s Dead isn’t a whole lot better than The Dream Child, but comparatively it is a masterpiece. The cast…
A me questo film di freddy piace..ha una bella atmosfera.
Final ranking: 21763485
This is surely the worst movie ever to open with a quote from Friedrich Nietzsche.
Easily the worst film in the Elm Street series, The Final Nightmare is a headache-inducing, often confusing "finale" to Freddy's story, and I don't think this confusion is because the film was too smart for me, but because the nonsensical writing and flat direction make it hard to know what the fuck's going on.
Are people awake or asleep? Is Freddy now in the real world? I found myself asking this constantly throughout, and eventually just resigned myself to saying "eh, Freddy can do what the fuck he likes" and putting my brain on auto-pilot.
The kills are really lame in this one, there's about 10 minutes of 3D (which must've pissed off people at the time of release), and overall it's just a very flaccid "end" to Freddy's story.
I suppose this was the logical next step for the series. From the very first film there were a few somewhat jokey elements to Freddy Kreuger. While it was toned down a lot in the second one, we still had the "I've got the brains" line. From the third film onwards the amount of cheesy Freddy lines has only gone up and so with the sixth film we finally have an out-and-out comedy. The question is: Is it a GOOD comedy movie?
A lot of the comedy comes from slapstick and visual gags. When I heard that Roseanne Barr was going to be making an appearance, I was a little concerned. Turns out I was absolutely right to feel that…
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Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…
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In this list I'm going to keep track of all the slasher films I have seen from its magnificent beginning…