Review: ‘Freddy’s Dead – The Final Nightmare’

Sixth and final edition in the Nightmare on Elm Street feature series delivers enough violence, black humor and even a final reel in 3-D to hit paydirt with horror-starved audiences.

Sixth and final edition in the Nightmare on Elm Street feature series delivers enough violence, black humor and even a final reel in 3-D to hit paydirt with horror-starved audiences.

Tired nature of the original Wes Craven concept is acknowledged by a new plotline by debutante helmer Rachel Talalay, with vengeful, undead murderer Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund, again in fine form) supposedly having killed off all the local children and teens in a little Ohio town, now set 10 years in the future.

He’s using a young amnesiac, John (Shon Greenblatt) to revitalize his powers and ultimately seeking his daughter (Lisa Zane), who works as a counseller in a teen rehab shelter, in an effort to spread his vengeance to Elm Streets worldwide.

Most imaginative sequence deals with hearing impaired teen Carlos (Ricky Dean Logan). Freddy tears out the kid’s hearing aid and torments him silently. Less successful is the 15-minute 3-D capper. Projected using the old-fashioned anaglyphic (red & blue lenses) glasses, sequence’s color is thereby distorted compared to modern polarized lens efforts.

Guest stars Roseanne Arnold and hubbie Tom Arnold (cast as a childless couple of the future) and Alice Cooper (typecast as Freddy’s abusive stepfather) add little to the stew. Johnny Depp, featured in 1984 original, pops up briefly as a teen on TV.

Freddy's Dead - The Final Nightmare

Production

New Line. Director Rachel Talalay; Producer Robert Shaye, Aron Warner; Screenplay Michael DeLuca; Camera Declan Quinn; Editor Janice Hampton; Music Brian May; Art Director C.J. Strawn

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1991. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Robert Englund Lisa Zane Shon Greenblatt Lezlie Deane Ricky Dean Logan Yaphet Kotto

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