Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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

Director: Rachel Talalay
Year: 1991
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 29 minutes

For the past decade, Freddy Kruger has been wreaking havoc on Springwood, the town where his spirit is trapped. Freddy has killed all of the kids in Springwood except for one boy, who he hopes he can use to lead him to more victims outside of town.

Freddy's Dead (1991) Nightmare on Elm Street movie still where Tracy (Lezlie Deane), Spencer (Breckin Meyer), and Carlos (Ricky Dean Logan) stand around outside arguing with Maggie Burroughs (Lisa Zane)
"Kung fu this, bitch!" (Image Source)
Things were looking up for "The Nightmare on Elm Street" series after the last installment, "The Dream Child," but if any horror series goes on long enough, it will eventually devolve into self-parody. Enter "Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare," the sixth and what was supposed to be the final entry in this long-running horror series. It is directed by Rachel Talalay, who would go on to films like "Tank Girl" and "Ghost in the Machine" before settling in as a TV director on shows like "Doctor Who" and "Riverdale." She also wrote the story, though the screenplay is written by "Freddy's Nightmares" series writer Michael De Luca. More than a decade has passed since the events of "Dream Child," and since then, Freddy Kruger (Robert Englund) has almost totally wiped out the population of children in Springwood, except for one teenager (Shon Greenblatt). Freddy has kept this kid alive so that he can send him beyond Springwood to bring him new victims to murder. Freddy also wants this kid to help him cross over the town's borders that have kept him imprisoned for a decade.
Movie scene from Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare featuring Robert Englund as Freddy Kruger trying to kill his daughter Maggie, played by Lisa Zane
"I'll get you, my pretty, and your little soul, too!" (Image Source)
Here we are at what was supposed to be the "Final Nightmare" in the "Nightmare on Elm Street" series. Some franchises go out with a bang, but "Elm Street" definitely ends with a whimper. When this film was initially released in theaters, it was the first 3D feature for New Line Cinema...well, at least the last 10 minutes of it anyway, but it plays to that gimmick every single chance it gets. It was the early '90s, and computer-generated effects were just starting to make their way onto the silver screen. Filmmakers couldn't wait to include all these new technologies at their disposal, all of which look terrible by today's standards. As soon as the glasses go on, everyone and everything flies towards the camera in an unnecessary spree of mayhem. The target audience for the 3D effects displayed here were too young to actually see this film, but that didn't stop Rachel Talalay from making this installment as childish as possible. By now, Freddy Kruger has devolved from a playful tormenter to a video game-playing goofball. What the people behind the scenes hoped would be new, creative ways for Freddy to kill his victims are actually cheesy, ridiculous, and stupid. This is particularly true for the video game sequence, which has character dropping NES references throughout the scene, including their catchphrase "now you're playing with power!" to a reference to their gimmicky Power Glove controller. "Freddy's Dead" feels more like an extended commercial than a delightful, frightful feature. The story is ridiculous. It leans heavily into the comedic aspect of things and leaves the horror movie chills on the backburner. The acting is as bad as ever, and this time, not even Robert Englund could salvage it. Apart from one good gory death sequence, it's pretty much a flop from beginning to end.
Freddy Kruger pops up in 3D with a bunch of creatures in a scene from A Nightmare on Elm Street's Freddy's Dead The New Nightmare from 1991
"It might be your dream, but it's my rules." (Image Source)
"Freddy's Revenge: The Final Nightmare" is the worst film of the series. It is so ridiculous and so corny that we couldn't help but laugh at some of the stuff that happens. We have a hunch they weren't really meant to be funny. We cringed and rolled our eyes more times than we care to count. Stop your "A Nightmare on Elm Street" viewing marathon at "The Dream Child."

My Rating: 4/10
BigJ's Rating: 4.5/10
IMDB's Rating: 4.9/10
RT Rating: 20%
Do we recommend this movie: No.

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