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Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Rachel Talahay

Starring:
Lisa Zane/Maggie
Shon Greenblatt/John Doe
Lezlie Deane/Tracy
Breckin Meyer/Spencer
4 10
PLOT-CRUNCH
Freddy (Englund) returns for the last time (yeah, right!) to cause more dream damage, this time using the last "Springwood" teen to bring him his meat. Freddy is also on the prowl for his offspring?!?
THE LOWDOWN
Considering that Rachel Talahay was production manager on the first 2 Elm Street flicks and producer on 3-4 you would think she’d know a thing or two about what makes our favorite dream killer tick…WRONG!!! WRONG!!! WRONG!!! The second I saw Freddy riding a broomstick, cackling like a witch I knew it was over. This film is an embarrassment. How did a powerful supernatural killer become such a farce is beyond me. This flick embraces the jokey aspect of past Elm Streets and cranks it up to a new level. Freddy is no longer respectable, everybody gives him a beating, he does cartwheels and becomes a self-parody. In the past three films I learned to appreciate the one-liners on a certain level. But this film makes a mockery of Freddy.

The flick also re-invents the Elm Street story and rules. Freddy’s return in dreams is no longer revenge for his murder but also revenge for his child (what???) being taken away from him. What the hell is that all about? Someone slipped an acid in my beer? Here Freddy uses the dreams of the last Springwood teen to get to other kids. How can that be? What the hell was that whole Alice thing for in part 4-5? This film doesn’t respect anything. It doesn’t respect the original storyline, doesn’t respect the past sequels and doesn’t respect the fans.

Did we really need to know how Freddy got his power? That whole dream demon thing is way tacky. Showing stuff from Freddy’s past (Freddy as a kid, Freddy as teen) is a good idea but did it need to be treated in such a cartoonish way? Having Freddy being defeated in the real world is also groovy but did they really have to defeat him with ninja stars and pipe bombs?

If Talahay was aiming for a comedy, she’s dead on. The violence, the dreams are all very "Loony Tunes" vibe, I felt like I was watching a Road Runner episode. And what the f--k is Roseanne and Tom Arnold doing in this movie? Why didn’t you get Gary Coleman too Talahay or maybe have the ghost of Dana Plato to defeat Freddy. Isn’t this Nightmare On Elm Street 6?

I will admit that some of the visuals are kool. The house falling through the sky, the bus that materializes on the road, the trip out scene with Spencer, Carlos’s very funny demise, even the "Nintendo" game murder is amusing. But I was looking for a lot more than "amusing"! I was looking for a decent ending to one of the screens most revered stalker. I didn’t get it, not even close. At least I got a fun Johnny Depp cameo…
GORE
The highlight is Carlos’s death sequence. Nice exploding head.
ACTING
Lisa Zane (Maggie) is on and off, much like brother Billy Zane’s career. Shon Greenblatt (John Doe) is ok, nothing more. Lezlie Dean (Tracy) plays the more despicable teen to ever grace Elm Street, I just wanted to slap her. Ricky Dean Logan (Carlos) is very likeable. Breckin Meyer (Spencer) rocks the house, where the weed at yo? Yaphet Kotto (the dream expert…whatever) is lost here, he just doesn’t fit in.
T & A
Freddy’s bald head.
DIRECTING
Very straight forward with tiny hints of style here and there. Some nice sets but overall I was NOT impressed.
SOUNDTRACK
Lousy rock songs sang by a bunch of no-name bands.
BOTTOM LINE
Yes, some of the murder sequences are amusing but on a pre teen level. This is supposed to be horror. Discarding all the past sequels was a bad idea, I would have preferred to have seen a sequel continuing The Dream Child storyline. Here Freddy is flushed down the toilet along with his freaking "Power Glove"…bye bye Freddy, sorry your demise was a total joke.
BULL'S EYE
Alice Cooper has a cameo as Freddy’s adoptive dad.

Wes Craven took it upon himself to give Freddy a proper burial with Wes Craven’s New Nightmare…THANK GOD!!!
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3:06PM on 05/02/2010
I'm probably the one hardcore Freddy fan that loves the shit out of this movie. Its a complete comedy with no horror or suspense what so ever, but I'll be fucked if it isn't fun to watch. I except both versions of Freddy. The dark and serious version and the joker version. I get a kick out of him in this flick. I cant help it. Its whacked out, bizarre and I actually think some of the origin stuff was well handled. The characters are likable as well which makes it easier to watch.
Should
I'm probably the one hardcore Freddy fan that loves the shit out of this movie. Its a complete comedy with no horror or suspense what so ever, but I'll be fucked if it isn't fun to watch. I except both versions of Freddy. The dark and serious version and the joker version. I get a kick out of him in this flick. I cant help it. Its whacked out, bizarre and I actually think some of the origin stuff was well handled. The characters are likable as well which makes it easier to watch.
Should Freddys Dead have done completely different? Yes, most likely but I dig it. And New Nightmare more then makes up for it.
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11:02PM on 04/29/2010

one of the worst movies

For me this is one of the worst movies ever made.
I'm a HUGE Freddy fan. The first nightmare on elm street is in my top ten all time favorite movies. It's scary and is a classic. The sequels are WAY too comical for my liking, but i still was able to enjoy them on diff levels. (Sorry but 3 is WAY overrated)...but this film...i think the Arrow was TOO nice on this. I found NOTHING to like...the reason why this gets a 1 and not a .5 or 0 is because i liked the ONE character of Carlos, the
For me this is one of the worst movies ever made.
I'm a HUGE Freddy fan. The first nightmare on elm street is in my top ten all time favorite movies. It's scary and is a classic. The sequels are WAY too comical for my liking, but i still was able to enjoy them on diff levels. (Sorry but 3 is WAY overrated)...but this film...i think the Arrow was TOO nice on this. I found NOTHING to like...the reason why this gets a 1 and not a .5 or 0 is because i liked the ONE character of Carlos, the deaf boy. I thought he was likable, cute, and i had a bit of a crush on him...and he had a great death. He should've been the main character. Oh and Johnny Depp has a cameo...that is ALL the good in this film.
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3:11PM on 03/10/2010

A bleak but sometimes darkly funny sequel.

Director Rachel Talalay (Ghost in the Machine) tries to give some life again in the sixth of the "Elm Street". So far, this one along with "A Nightmare on Elm Street 5:The Dream Child" is a mixed bag.

The film`s sense of humour that keeps this alive. Especially some of the dream sequences, lively cameo appearences and some good story ideas.

Some good performances here, especially from Lisa Zane (Bad Behavior), Shon Greenblatt, Breckin Meyer (The Craft) and Yaphet Kotto (Alien).

One of
Director Rachel Talalay (Ghost in the Machine) tries to give some life again in the sixth of the "Elm Street". So far, this one along with "A Nightmare on Elm Street 5:The Dream Child" is a mixed bag.

The film`s sense of humour that keeps this alive. Especially some of the dream sequences, lively cameo appearences and some good story ideas.

Some good performances here, especially from Lisa Zane (Bad Behavior), Shon Greenblatt, Breckin Meyer (The Craft) and Yaphet Kotto (Alien).

One of the few good highlights of "Freddy`s Dead" is the montage footage of all the "Elm Street" movies in the end credits until "Wes Craven`s New Nightmare" came out in 1994.
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12:41PM on 09/01/2009
It gets that High of a rating for the map sequence, Spencers trip out and of course, the Johnny Depp cameo. Only reason to have it.
It gets that High of a rating for the map sequence, Spencers trip out and of course, the Johnny Depp cameo. Only reason to have it.
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1:15AM on 10/14/2008

Use to LOVE it...

Now i get bored watching it. I USE to love it so much, it had a GREAT soundtrack, EACH song on their is great, Goo Goo Dolls smashing it up at the intro. Gave me chills of joy then BOOM. Ends quickly. use to be my 3rd fav but now its 2nd to last ttied with 5. Yikes
Now i get bored watching it. I USE to love it so much, it had a GREAT soundtrack, EACH song on their is great, Goo Goo Dolls smashing it up at the intro. Gave me chills of joy then BOOM. Ends quickly. use to be my 3rd fav but now its 2nd to last ttied with 5. Yikes
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6:34PM on 10/02/2006

Sad..

I'm so glad Craven made "New Nightmare," because this movie has zero respect for its source material. All it is is a retarded David Lynch-wannabe funhouse, only with out the "fun." Johnny Depp's cameo was hilarious though.
I'm so glad Craven made "New Nightmare," because this movie has zero respect for its source material. All it is is a retarded David Lynch-wannabe funhouse, only with out the "fun." Johnny Depp's cameo was hilarious though.
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