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…
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…
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 surprised it took them six movies to really explore Freddy's past, and when they do the movie certainly picks up, but the first 2/3rds are absolutely forgettable.
Hoop-tober Film #20 (of 31)
I could write up a full-fledged review for this, but that would require more effort than anyone put into the making of this film. Just plain awful, from the Roseanne and Tom Arnold cameos, to the low-point of series in the dumb as a rock power glove scene (it's either that or the dream worms).
Not worth your time.
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…
There is a lot more Freddy and dreams in this film always having a dream like environment where reality is questionable. It lets Freddy be a comedic character with slightly more depth than just uttering the words "you bitch" which "Dream Child" used in a way that seemed like they were an adolescent trying out the word.
Talalay has a vision and appreciation for the series allowing the film to come to a temporary close that doesn't feel like a studio gimmick but also feels like a film in itself focused on slightly more than killing kids.
"Every town has an Elm Street!"
The most horrifying line maybe in the entire Elm Street series comes in the most overtly comic entry yet. Anyone masochistic enough to marathon these (hi) shouldn't be surprised by this, though. There's always been an uneasy balance between evil Freddy and wisecracking Freddy. The backstory gets laid on thick throughout this movie. Freddy's only living relative is mixed up with a Foster youth group home, and he's terrorizing them to get more victims.
This setup gives the movie an extra sadistic twist. Freddy kills all the kids using their fears and circumstances that got them homeless in the first place. He takes the forms of abusive father (twice), abusive mother, and makes a…
Freddy is basically a Looney Toons character in this.
What the original fuck
God this was a slog to get thru. Now I know why I pout off watching these sequels for so long.
Yeah, it's okay. There's some funny moments from Freddy, and the dream kills are as good as always. Everything else is a bit forgettable. Moving on.
This is the one that goes full-on cartoon; more camp than horror. Over explains Freddy's backstory, coming close to making him sympathetic. Freddy's dad is Alice Cooper.
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- 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…
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In this list I'm going to keep track of all the slasher films I have seen from it's magnificent beginning…