Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

"Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare" aka "A Nightmare on Elm Street 6" (1991, Rachel Talalay, New Line Cinema) was intended to be the last Freddy film...

Continuing to butcher their own legend, the series decides it's time to explain how Freddy (Robert Englund) got to be a dream-walking killer in the first place (not just how and why he died, which at least they maintained to!).

Freddy's unhappy to remain in Elm Street now that he has successfully disposed of all the children, so he decides to break into another 'playground' using his long-lost daughter, Maggie (Lisa Zane), and several disposable teens to do so...

An empty plot and hammy acting ruin a film which otherwise enjoys some fun effects. Although I do like Breckin Meyer, he wasn't hamming it up as much as the other teens were and I had a bit of a crush on him when I was a teenager..., although he did go on to become Garfield's owner...

The kill scenes are unimaginative and this is only emphasized further by the rather enjoyable end credits which showcase some of the better and more memorable kills from the previous films.

Some high points include cameos from Roseanne Barr, Alice Cooper who plays Freddy's abusive father and Johnny Depp who gets assaulted by Freddy whilst on dream TV (Depp was in the first film as a doomed teen).

There is also scene which pays a tiny bit of homage to Evil Dead 2 with a "Give me back my hearing!" moment in place of "hand" and a misguided Wizard of Oz visual gag...

All in, it's not the best of the franchise, and that's saying something after sitting through number 5! A film you only own if you're a completist!


 Here's Freddy Lollygagging

[Image: New Line Cinema]

Hani