Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

Movie Title: Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

Year Released: 1991

Rated: R

Runtime: 1h 29min

Genre: Fantasy, Horror

Director: Rachel Talalay

Writer: Michael De Luca

Starring: Robert Englund, Lisa Zane, Shon Greenblatt, Lezlie Deane, Ricky Dean Logan, Breckin Meyer, Yaphet Kotto, Tom Arnold, Roseanne Barr, Johnny Depp

Review: Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) returns once again to prowl the nightmares of Springwood's last surviving teenager, and a woman (Lisa Zane) who has a mysterious connection to Krueger which could very well end his reign of nighttime terrors. The poster and trailer for the sixth installment of the 'Elm Street' series boast that, "They saved the best for last." Well, that's extremely hyperbolic for this rather lackluster feature. Freddy's Dead is like a car that's running on fumes. Nothing really special or original going on here. It just seems like a bunch of ideas from previous sequels that didn't make it into those movies got thrown into a blender with stock characters, a boring plot, and a finale where the audience knows full well that Freddy is gonna take a dirt nap, but it's not very climactic, cinematic, or satisfactory for a villain that has been giving viewers nightmares since his debut in the original 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' back in 1984. Freddy and his franchise kind of go out with a confuse whimper. A big disappointment from a film series that was rather creative, visual interesting, and had a compelling antagonist. Not a good note to end on. Thank goodness we got 'Wes Craven's New Nightmare' and even 'Freddy vs. Jason' to get the bad taste of this one out of our mouths.

Stars (out of 4):

Fun Fact: Even though she plays a teenager, Lezlie Deane was 26 at the time of filming.


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