Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) Review

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Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) Review

Horrorific content by adrian on October 21st, 2020 | Movie Review | A Nightmare on Elm Street Series, Slasher, Supernatural, Campy, Teen

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It's about the last Elm Street kid who Freddy uses to round up some fresh meat.

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare was directed by Rachel Talalay (who also directed Ghost In The Machine) and stars Robert Englund (from Scream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street and Abruptio), Lisa Zane (from The Nurse and Terrified) and Lezlie Deane (from Midnight Ride and Girlfriend From Hell).

Evil has finally met its match.

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare Review

I grew up a big time Fred Head and have probably watched this franchise all the way through a dozen times. And I swear, every single time I watch The Dream Child (the previous NoES) I feel like bailing. It's just so bad in so many ways that it almost turns me off of the series. But then I push through and watch The "Final" Nightmare (it's so NOT the final) and feel back in the groove. Don't get me wrong, A Nightmare on Elm Street part 6 is slathered in cheese, pop culture references and cheap cameos, but it stopped trying to be serious and just gave in to what nightmare fans wanted, more Freddy saying funny shit.

This is made obvious from the very first scene where Freddy shows up as the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz, flying around on a broomstick, wearing a witch cap flying on a broom, the whole 9. This was the very first scene and it gives you an idea of what we're in for.

"Do you know the terror of he who falls asleep? To the very toes he is terrified, because the ground gives way under him, and the dream begins" - Friedrich Nietzsche

The movie kicks off at a shelter for troubled delinquent youths. You know the drill, angry abused kids who start fights and build pipe bombs in their free time. The type of kids that nobody will believe when they start talking about killer nightmares. One day the cops scoop up a kid hanging out in an alley, they suspect him of being a junky, but he happens to be the very last Elm Street kid buzzing from a lack of sleep. Freddy's using him to round up some fresh meat, the same way he used Alice from parts 4 and 5. I don't know if Freddy planned for him to get mistaken for a homeless junky teen and taken to a free shelter, but he hit the mother load either way. He got himself several more teens to terrorize.

Freddy's Dead was a blast to watch. It's full of pop culture including cameos from big stars of the time including Tom Arnold, Rosanne Barr, Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp (who starred in a "this is your brain on drugs" commercial). It also featured a theme song by the Goo Goo Dolls and a lengthy plug for Nintendo and their Power Glove which was all the rage (for about a week) back in '91. It also lured people into the theater by featuring a 3D ending which they dubbed "Freddy Vision". Overall it's very reminiscent of Dream Warriors only with way more cheese. As for kick-starting celebrity careers, which Nightmare on Elm Street was especially good at, this one features one of Breckin Meyer's early roles.

Worth Watching?

It's good for some mindless fun, but that's about it. It's a popcorn horror start to finish. 

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