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Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
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Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

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"They tried to burn him! They tried to bury him! They tried to wash him away with holy water! But like Freddy says "Sticks and stones may break my bones but you can never kill me". But enough is enough. Do or die it's time someone made Freddy hang up his hat for good."

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Review Date: 05 October 2005 My Rating: out of 5


They saved the best for last, stated this supposedly final film's bold tagline, but if you listen to the fans they mainly tell you that Rachel Talalay ruined the series.

The 'final' film was met with much anticipation and hype in 1991 as fans were dying to see things come to an end, and I for one bought the Fangoria special with the 3-D glasses (I wish I'd kept it).

With Freddy now down to the last Elm Street brat (again) he uses our John Doe to break out of Springwood and start afresh.

John is placed in a centre for troubled teens thanks to his amnesia, and care worker Maggie soon sets about trying to uncover his history, as well as a link between a shared nightmare.

In an attempt to find out the truth, she takes him back to Springwood which is a really bad idea and when they discover that three of the teens had been hiding in the van in an attempt to escape the confines of the shelter, they soon discover that they brought some lambs to the slaughter for Freddy.

The film is obviously best known for its 3-D climax, which saw Maggie enter Freddy's mind in an attempt to see what makes him tick. As with the previous entries, the effects work was ahead of its time and fans who favour practical effects over computer generated ones will no doubt be more partial to this old school style of filmmaking.

The performances, including an early one from Breckin Myer, were all fine and there are a few star turns from the likes of Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, and Roseanne and Tom Arnold to watch out for also.

A fitting end to the series is slightly hampered by a weak score and some plot holes, but fans are sure to enjoy watching Freddy off his victims in his usual graphic style.

Reviewer: Eric Curto @horrorasylum
Review Date: 22 January 2003 My Rating: out of 5

Freddy's Dead is in my opinion is an improvement over part, not that part was stupid but it did lack a lot present in the original by Wes Craven. The story is that Freddy is dorment in Springwood, meaning he can't leave the town in which he has been killing in. So Freddy sends out the last teenagers in Springwood to search for his long lost daughter.

He has amnesia so of course its a coicidence that he runs into her. His daughter is a child psychologist at the next town children's shelter. She has no memory of her life before her adoption. After meeting the young boy, known to them as John Doe because of his memory loss, she decides to take him to Springwood in hopes that it will trigger his memory and perhaps help him remember what he was doing at the time. Maggie(Freddy's daughter) has been having dreams of her childhood, but before she could make anything out it would all disappear.

After entering into Springwood she finds three other teenagers from the shelter in the back of their van (they were trying to escape). So she sends them to call the shelter and tell them where they are, while she and John go in search of answers, what they find is a town with crazy parents and no children. In the meantime, the three children attempt to leave but a force won't let them and leads them to Freddy's house where they plan to spend the night, so let the killing begin. There are some good kills in this picture, but not many, one of the kills tries to hype on the popularity of Nintendo. Director Rachel Talalay does a good job at making the town look and feel isolated, as there is a Town Fair but no kids. There's also some good surprise cameos from past Nightmare players to TV show icons. The graphics are good for its time (exploding head, Nintendo death, -D atmosphere).

The film also gives the viewers an insight on Freddy's childhood that says; maybe it wasn't just his maniacs of fathers that gave him the criminal and homicidal mind. I never seen this movie in -D yet, but I'm about to get the DVD box set and they give you a pair of glasses.

Good way to end the series, (until New Nightmare) Robert England is in top form in this sequel and still has it. Alice Cooper, Roseanne Arnold, Tom Arnold, and Johnny Depp have cameos.

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