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…
Hmm. Great graphics.
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.
This movie repeats itself a lot. First a guy tumbles uncontrollably down a hill, and then there's twice where different guys tumble uncontrollably down stairs. Also people keep beating up Freddy, which never works. Plus you find out Freddy had a daughter, which kinds of messes up Freddy's origin story a little? Anyways, it's a shitty movie, but at least it's cool how Freddy's a fan of the song "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida". I can relate to him on that one.
Bonus: Roseanne and Tom Arnold show up.
nothing is worse than when a movie thinks it is funny and it isn't. remember when this was a horror series? the only reason to watch this: you're a completist or you're a masochist.
A "final chapter" with such unbelievably poor effects that it's amazing it cost 30% more to produce than the superior Elm Street 5. Despite a typically fun performance from Robert Englund, as well as some ideas that Wes Craven could have worked wonders with, Freddy's Dead will (and should be) mostly be remembered as the movie where Breckin Meyer gets murdered by a video game.
I considered giving this one star because it's a mercifully short film. Then I realized that was a stupid fucking thing to reward.
Oh my god what a fun film! Okay i feel like giving this two and a half stars is WAY too generous. But i can't help it. I really enjoyed it. This entry in to the franchise was supposed to be the last, and was shot in 3D. Its immediately noticeable and a lot of useless shit happens which you can tell was only there to look good in theaters IN 3D. Things flying toward the screen that just look tacky. Including a re-enactment of a scene from The Wizard Of Oz. Except the wicked witch has been replaced by Krueger.
I'd like to state that this isn't a horror movie. Its full blown comedy. Which isn't what the franchise…
Freddy's Dead is the worst of the series, to be blunt. The story is weak and the characters are unmemorable. Freddy has regressed into a clown, he isn't even close to the original carnation of the character. The kills are fine at best and absolute crap at there worst. The Spencer kill is the worst of the series. It's overly long, badly paced and really stupid. The way Freddy dies is incredibly anticlimactic as well. The film just leaves a bad taste in your mouth and thankfully New Nightmare exists to redeem the franchise. The practical effects are pretty good and Englund is pretty good as Freddy, as usual. Watch if you are a completist and a big fan of the series. Otherwise, avoid it at all costs.
I'm giving it a star for the sheet audacity of such bullshit being made in the first place (a lot like how Grace of Monaco got one-star)... it's just such a complete lot of incoherent trash that is a stand-alone sequel (it got to that point) set 10 years in the future, where there are no teenagers or kids left in Springwood as Freddy has murdered them... guess what FIELD TRIP! - It's all played for laughs by this point, although the idea of a town without young people is a bit creepy especially with all the adult now all insane from the trauma that has occurred (and reoccured in less successful sequels) notable cameos include Roseanne Barr and Johnny…
Freddy's Dead isn't so bad, really. The tone is just very uneven. Freddy is at his most grating and obnoxious (though Robert Englund is excellent in the role, as usual, even if his makeup is at its worst) and much of the film goes for a comedic effect. But there's a strange, dark shift to child abuse/molestation themes later in the film. I think the film would have been better if the script had dispensed with the comedy. As flawed as it is, there are plenty of terrific ideas in this film – some are well-executed (heh, heh), and some are not. It's certainly more entertaining than the previous installment, The Dream Child, which is the worst film in the series.
So having never seen a single Elm Street movie in all my life this was a bizarre experience. I watched this with my girlfriend as part of her mission to go through all the Depp films and boy was this worth it.
There's something always great about horror movies, they always seem to raise the bar on many filmmaking aspects over other movie genres, especially ones from the late 80s/early 90s. The eerie practical effects, well executed or poorly executed always come across better than a character evading a clearly unreal CGI explosion in any movie form the last decade. I think maybe because horrors have always been so hard to get out to mainstream audiences in the first place…
- Black Christmas
- The Burning
- Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
- Night of the Living Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…
- Black Christmas
- Death Cruise
- Devil Times Five
- Have a Nice Weekend
- The Single Girls
In this list I'm going to keep track of all the slasher films I have seen from its magnificent beginning…