Friday Night Frights- ‘Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare’

The Final Nightmare is here, or so we think. The 6th entry in the saga adds “final” to the title, though we all know that’s a sign for at least one more film not including the reboot- once the greed beats the dead horse of course. “Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare” is a strange movie to watch. Having a much higher budget offers some visually stellar moments but loses the established charm through the meddling of Hollywood. There’s both positives and negatives to it, making it difficult to have a definitive stance on it.

There’s no denying we are in the 90’s from the music, wardrobe and hairstyles. It’s one thing to have elements like these to set the time frame, but here it simply dates the film. Taking place ten years after the previous entry, Springwood has been completely wiped of all children except for one. While suffering from amnesia after an encounter with Freddy, John is used as a pawn to lure other teens into the now barren town. Due to the disappearance of children the town has spiralled into an equator of insanity. This is one of the first signs of the unevenness of “Freddy’s Dead”. Some of the adult performances are beyond eccentric. It wants to have a serious vibe but the characters never fit the flow of the film. There’s an ability to have both eeriness and humor that seems to be disregarded. Meandering from spoof to horror can work at times but I’m not sure if I should be laughing because it’s funny or just bad.

Right off the bat, Freddy’s introduction continues his trend from horrific to comedic by mimicking the wicked witch from “The Wizard of Oz”. Each film he plays more and more with his victims to the fans’ delight. We get the most freddy screen time out of any of the franchise which means more moments of Robert Englund performing at his highest charismatic level. None of the dream sequences are favorites of mine, but still offers some creative gags for horror lovers.

Some narrative aspects fall flat early on when the film attempts to connect yet another character to Freddy’s backstory. However, the mythology of Freddy is explored even further, and executed in a surprisingly terrific way. It may come a little too late in regards to redeeming “Freddy’s Dead”, but the third act really sticks a memorable sequence within the series- quite a shame that the entire movie couldn’t live up to the climactic ending.

While the comedic moments of Freddy are great, the over the top performances and poor execution early on are ridiculous; even for the franchise’s standards. Adding to the fact that “Freddy’s Dead” was suppose to be the book end to the series it comes to a dissapointment. I wouldn’t say the bad outweigh the good, though it leaves a sour taste in your mouth. Nonetheless it’s still worth a watch.

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