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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…
Hmm. Great graphics.
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…
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'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…
Bad news bears. By far the worst Elm Street film not including the remake which I have no intention of suffering through. The story is ludicrous, the characters aren't that interesting, the music isn't fun (lol grunge), and Kruger reaches an all time low here. Hell, I'd say the highlight of the movie was the absurd video game kill lmao.
Aside from some peripheral meta-yuks (Alice Cooper as Krueger's abusive adoptive dad; a Twin Peaks gag; Freddy whacking Johnny Depp in the face with a frying pan), this is a pretty weak would-be send-off that has no idea what direction to head for. It's hard to aim for a dark origin story when the movie opens with Freddy Krueger flying a broomstick and quoting the Wicked Witch of the West. The end credit montage is fun, though, proving just how visually inventive the whole series is.
Yaphet Kotto, I expect better from you, sir. Not even cameos from Rosanne Barr and Tom Arnold could save this. Nor did Johnny Depp's kindhearted appearance redeem it in the least. Crappiest Freddy makeup of the series, a cast you don't care about, and the cheesy as hell 3D effects added in to the finale act. So cheesy, I had even forgot about them until watching the movie last night. Trust me, if it wasn't part of my box set, there is no way I would have rewatched this.
There aren't many sixth instalments of a horror franchise that don't stink, but the wretched reputation of FREDDY'S DEAD: THE FINAL NIGHTMARE is wholly deserved. Even the title tries to create a sense of distance from the previous five NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET entries.
Directed by Rachel Talalay (who'd somehow overcome this travesty to become a television director, working on DOCTOR WHO only last year), this film is more of the same, only worse—and in 3D! Awful, '80s-era stereoscopic 3D nobody in their right mind could comfortably sit through. I actually watched a 720p stream of this film, and out of curiosity used my TV's ability to 'on the fly' transform 2D into 3D, just to see what it was…
Ending off a series as great as this, it should've been something amazing and it was just awful, but it sure as hell makes a great comedy. If you look at this movie as a parody of the series its impossible not to have a blast. This movie goes so far over the top its amazing, it jumps many sharks but its sure as hell entertaining. On an acting standpoint its actually not that bad, it looked like everybody did a good job as always; by problem is that they leave so many of the characters live. Its writing is so silly and ends up not feeling realistic and its cheesy instead. Its one of the least interesting of the…
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.
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