So, this is the movie in the Elm Street franchise that I have seen the most. The local video store that I went to growing up had the DVD box set. This was the only one that they had consistently, well this and the weird special features disc. That went on for years and I convinced myself that this was my favorite one. I was able to convince myself of that because I enjoyed it. I enjoyed it as a comedy rather than a horror movie.
Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare was directed by Rachel Talalay. It was written by Michael De Luca with story by Rachel Talalay. It starred Robert Englund, Lisa Zane, Shon Greenblatt, Lezlie Deane, Yaphet Kotto, and Breckin Meyer. Robert Englund gets to do the most in this movie. He gets to play Freddy outside of the makeup quite a lot in the movie. Freddy in this movie is more of a cartoon character than he had been, this is signified by him channeling Wile E. Coyote in a kill.
Even though Maggie is the proper final girl, she is backed up by Tracey. Both are strong female characters. Both of them are dealing with familial trauma, though the specific trauma is different for each of them. The series as a whole is kind of about generational trauma and how we as a people don’t deal with it well.
The plot of Freddy’s Dead is centered on Freddy’s child, who is introduced in this movie. The first person you’re introduced to is a kid that’s only known as John Doe and he’s seemingly the last teenager in Springwood. He escapes Springwood, with Freddy’s help. He ends up in a halfway house supervied by Maggie Burroughs and Doc. Maggie and John end up going to Springwood, with Tracy, Spencer, and Carlos having stowed away. The three had stowed away hoping to steal the van and runaway. Carlos and Spencer end up dying in Springwood. Side note: they apparently had the mindset of people from the 50s when it comes to weed. While that happens John and Maggie discover the Freddy had a kid that was taken away from him. John is convinced that he was Freddy’s kid even though he’s far too young. John dies as they go to leave Springwood and Freddy enters Maggie’s waking mind. I’m going to skip to the end now. Maggie goes into the dream world and you see Freddy as he grew up. Maggie ends up pulling Freddy out of the dream world and ends up killing him by shoving a pipe bomb in his chest.
This might have the weakest special effects of the franchise so far. Freddy’s face looks smooth, almost as if he had healed his burns. The kills are great, John’s death outside of the dream world looks interesting since there are multiple holes in his body. Brian May did the music for the movie. I had to look and see if it was the Brian May from Queen, it was not. I can’t really tell you much about the score because it didn’t really stick out to me.
Freddy’s Dead is not good. If you want to see a comedy that really wants to be a slasher, this is the movie for you. Otherwise I’d say just don’t watch it. I’m gonna give it a solid 3 Freddy gloves out of 10. This Freddy gloves are special because they have the middle finger raised.