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

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Join the Fear Fan as he takes on Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, the sixth entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. Although it’s been smooth sailing so far, with five good-to-decent entries, things are about to get much, much worse for the Fear Fan as he enters a world of terrible humor, bad acting, Roseanne and Tom Arnold cameos, cartoon sound effects, and a retcon so awful that it could disrupt the very fabric of the space time continuum!

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  • Petoht

    I can’t help it… Freddy as the Wicked Witch made me giggle.

    I wonder how much of this film’s problems were from bad writing and how much was studio meddling.

    Also, are you going to do the other Freddy movies? I’m interested in your take on the Platinum Dunes remake. Most people hated it, but I know a couple who liked how sleazy it was and how it wasn’t Jokey Freddy.

    • fearfanforever

      Given how nobody seemed to complain about studio meddling in the documentary “Never Sleep Again”, I’m going to guess that it was mostly bad writing. Also, have no fear, I WILL be reviewing the others as well!

  • glampire

    To be honest, I love bad movies and have always found this to be one of the best for sitting around and riffing on with friends. It’s snark gold the whole way through.

    If you’re looking at it from the standpoint of a diehard Elm Street fan, though, I can understand how it would come across as an affront.

  • Ed

    As bad as this movie is (and it really is), it is still infinitely better than that remake. I had a dream one time that Freddy showed up in briefly and that was a better take on the character than that damn remake.

  • Rocha674

    Welcome back Fear fan. Nice video, you just saved me some time, since this was the only elm street film i haven’t seen, and after your presentation it will remain that way.

    • fearfanforever

      Glad to hear that I saved you some time. Anyway, it doesn’t really tie in to anything else, so you haven’t really missed much.
      Except for a really bad movie that is.

  • Sofie Liv

    wauw, that sure seems like a bucket of bull.

    I actually never sat down watching this movie, in spite of actually liking this franchise, I guess I know why I never got around to this movie now.

  • Ed

    Good stuff, man. Godzilla 1985 up next, eh? I hope you like Dr. Pepper.

    • fearfanforever

      I love the somber and dramatic scene at the end where one of the observers is taking a swig of Dr. Pepper. Tonal conflict, anyone?

  • Tony Thurisaz

    The saddest thing about this film is that there’s a decent plot buried in it. I like the idea that all the Springwood children are dead save only for one amnesiac kid. It’s a nice hook that fails to live up to its potential. I also hate the discontinuity. It’s just a cheap writing tactic. They pulled the same shit in Jason Goes to Hell. Jason can body-swap to avoid death? What a handy power that could have been useful while he was rotting in a grave between parts 4 and 6. The Friday the 13th franchise was always grounded, even if a bit bent (that is until the move to New Line Cinema at which point they pulled it all out their arses). The reason why it’s so less offensive here is that the Nightmare on Elm Street series’ surrealism has lent itself to the out-there twists and turns that has fuelled just making up the rules as they went along. There’s ample amount of examples in the sequels and it’s a good reason why I favour the franchise as a third tier in the genre.

    I always found the elaborate mythology to be unnecessary. I more fancied the idea that Freddy was just a common monster whose crimes was so impressionable that he haunted the minds of the children. It’s a simple allegory, but they just bloated the whole thing with this dream demons, bastard son of a 100 maniacs bullshit backstory. To paraphrase a great Buffy quote, the subtext has steadily become text.

    As for the overtly comedic tone, I do recall in the Never Sleep Again documentary about how there’s a bit of lingering regret about having gone (out) in so deep in that direction. I suppose the justification at the time was something akin to burning down the office as means of quiting your job.

    By the way, you briefly touched upon the credit sequence, but neglected to mention that it’s probably the only redeeming feature of the whole movie. Iggy Pop’s “Why Was I Born (Freddy’s Dead)” was a perfect soundtrack to that bloody montage.

    • fearfanforever

      To be honest, I don’t really mind the expanded backstory up until Freddy’s Dead. Yeah, it’s a little silly, but still, it at least felt like part of an urban legend or something. In this one, they managed to butt-rape the entire concept behind Freddy Krueger.
      Also, it was a pretty cool montage, but I’ll be damned if I give this movie that much credit!

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    • Sofie Liv

      You know, maybe I look so cute because I really am evil.
      I’m just luring you in so you are completely defenceless and unsuspecting when the blow comes.

      That being said, I am open for potential cross-over. But we’ll see, I got a lot of things in the bag, Fear fan has a lot of things going. I got cross-over planned with a bunch of other exciting people.
      We’ll see, maybe it just happens one day. Maybe it doesn’t, maybe the booth actually have ten years anniversary this year. Stuff can happen.

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        • Sofie Liv

          Now I warned you, don’t complain the day I hit you with a shovel.

          In all seriousness.. would you please stop? please.
          I can’t change if you think I am cute or not, but does it need be your main argument in all of your comments?
          I am not aiming to be cute or get viewers because of my cuteness, I am aiming to be entertaining and hand out information I find interesting.
          I am starting to get just a tiny bit annoyed.

          • im sorry, i didnt mean to annoy you. i just meant that the way you behave onscreen is very cute and funny, and thats a large part of the reason why you are so entertaining. i feel foolish, im sorry. i wont bother you again.

          • Sofie Liv

            It’s fine, really it is.

            You can keep on commenting, just know what you say okay?
            I just started to feel slightly uncomfortable and slightly annoyed.

            I realise I am putting myself in the light, and I have been down right encouraging people to just have fun, and I am more than happy to get in on the jokes.
            I am cool about people making fun of me, referencing me, ext.
            It just backfired completely recently as I started getting so many “You are so cute.” “Can’t believe you don’t have more viewers, you are so adorable.” ext.

            I had prepared myself for getting hate, and is cool about being put down, I kind of want to be made fun of, but I had not known I would feel uncomfortable by praise.. it’s some-thing I have not yet learned to deal with.
            I want to indulge myself, I want to tell people it’s all right for them to indulge themselves.
            But lately, I am starting to feel insulted and put down as it seems 70% of all comments are from people who thinks that I am quote on quote. “Cute.”
            And they contact me, not because I’ve said some-thing that sparked their interested, fired of a joke so amazing they just had to comment on it, did some-thing radical, but because I am cute.
            I don’t know, perhaps I shouldn’t feel so insulted and put down, I just do. I am not used to handle this kind of attention in my every-day life.

            Keep on commenting, reading comments is what makes this worthwhile, it’s sharing the videos with fans which is awesome! don’t be put down by me.
            Just understand, you may end up insulting people without even meaning to.

            And I am sorry, Fear Fan. about making this long a comment on your video, that has nothing to do with Nightmare on Elmstreet :/

          • Dwlow812003

            Sofie you are incredibly funny and entertaining, and you really know your stuff. I loved your video about the history of Tin-Tin in particular for just that reason. But your on screen persona is also undeniably cute and lovable. There is no shame in that. Some of the great female comics of all time were like that. Heck, Lucille Ball was like that. You really shouldnt see that as any kind of problem. You are a great reviewer, and you’ve made me laugh more than I have in a very long time. God bless you :)

          • Sofie Liv

            thank you, that’s very very sweet said.
            I shall take that with me.
            It aint for nothing I own the title “Nerd.” I just know a lot of about a lot of random stuff.

            My mind works like this, a franchise captures my attention, then I go all the way and find out every-thing about that particular franchise, Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, phanton of the opera, Superman.. my most recent obsession happens to be Sherlock Holmes, and I managed to get through 100 years worth of material in a month, I love the Granada tv Serial. So my particular knowledge banks are all collected like that.

            I don’t know, Dave, I feel bad about telling you to stop, please comment again.

            Maybe I just don’t have as high a confidence as I usual let on. I am just very very good a playing pretend.
            Seriously, I was never the “Cute one.” in my every-day life, ever. to get that kind if response here as been overwhelming and weird.

            I just have not learned how to handle it let, criticism I can handle (sort of, I do try to listen.) This I was just not prepared for.

          • You have no need to feel bad Sofie. I guess I was over doing it a bit. I’m so sorry if I made you feel annoyed or uncomfortable. Thank you for inviting me back. I hope you and I are cool now :)

  • Elfshotthefood

    Usually when I watch a video recap of a movie I saw a long time ago, it will jog my memory and I’ll remember certain scenes, lines of dialog, etc. But while this video was good, it didn’t make me recall a single thing about Freddy’s Dead. I guess that means the movie was highly forgettable, since I’m pretty sure I would have at least remembered those terrible videogame sequences. ;)

    • fearfanforever

      Maybe Freddy made you forget, you lucky bastard.
      Now excuse me as I continue to search for an adequate mind-bleaching process.

      • Annie

        I once did a live tweet review of this film on…well, on twitter and twitter hates this movie so much it banned me from posting for 5 hours.

  • Bart_Fargo

    Any plans to take on the Friday the 13th series? If for no other reason, Crispin Glover’s dance deserves immortality.

    • fearfanforever

      Ah yes, the Crispin Glover Dance- the scariest thing in the series.
      Seriously though, I don’t like to reveal my plans more than one episode in the future, so all I can say is this- Keep your eyes open.”

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  • CBob

    As a kid I always thought 3 and 4 had the best Freddy makeup. The Kevin Yeager makeup was IMO THE codified, iconic version of Freddy. I was really disappointed when they changed FX houses, resulting in the more blobby, simplistic, soft-detailed, and ultimately much faker looking designs of 5 and 6. That more than anything else heralded the decent of the series for me. Seeing pics of the makeups in magazines before the movies came out was like an early red flag of how the producers just weren’t putting effort into the series anymore.

    Same thing happened with the Hellraiser series (another franchise it’d be awesome to see you recap, IMO). The cenobite makeup and costumes of the first two films look amazing, but after that they started cutting corners in the name of reducing time in the chair, and the result was a fair barometer of the overall dropping quality and memorability of the films themselves. 3 was the lowest point, but even though the makeup improved a bit after that, it was still only a poor man’s version of the first two.

    Yeah, I was/am a total practical effects geek.

    • fearfanforever

      I’ve got to agree that those were the best makeup jobs for Freddy. I have no idea what they were thinking when they did the makeup for Freddy’s Dead, and can only assume they wanted to make it less gruesome to make sure it was in keeping with the film’s comedic tone.
      As for Hellraiser (which I will be getting around to one of these days), I’ll agree that the makeup quality sharply dropped after Hellbound. I confess to being a practical effects geek as well, and if you’re looking for some great old-school squickyness, the first two Hellraiser films are hard to beat.

  • Jeff Bradford

    Have you thought about reviewing the Hellraiser series and showing how it slowly degraded into the main villain (who will remain nameless) having a severe eating disorder?

    • fearfanforever

      Ah yes, I recall what started to happen around Part III. To be honest, at least Bloodlines came a little closer to getting his character right. Seriously, Clive Barker even said that when he created the character, he wanted to make somebody more austere and cultured. He wanted to break the 1980’s monster mold of villains being either hulking, silent brutes or wacky jokesters. In fact, when he was talking to Doug Bradley, he told him to imagine Pinhead as “the administrator of a hospital where there are no recovery wards, only endless surgical theaters.”

  • Animikean

    This film, exists!,

    no seriously I am actually glad you reviewed it because I was sure it must have been 100 degree fever on a ten year old’s brain that convinced me I saw Rosanne in a Nightmare film.

    Can’t wait till you get to Freddy vs. Jason, a film that felt like a fan-fic but compared to Alien vs. Predator … it could have gone a lot worse

    • fearfanforever

      Ah yes, “AVP”.
      I’m normally a big fan of practical effects, but the suits in that film, not to mention how badly they were used…
      Anyway, I’m looking forward to FvJ too, but probably not for the same reasons as you. I’d love to get into it a bit more, but I’m always worried about spoiling future reviews by saying too much. That’s sort of the curse of doing these things- you love to talk about the movies, but you’ve got to be careful not to give away all your good material before the episode itself.

  • Well personally out of all the Freddy movies , I’d say that I liked the 1, 2, 3, Remake & FvJ . the 4th one was rather mediocre but the 5th & this one are trash so 5/8 movies ain’t that bad . Great review again Mr Fear Fan !

  • Annie

    Love the review. I was reading about this movie a while back, and apparently “John” was supposed to be Alice’s son, Jacob. Do you think that if that had been clearer in the film, his character would’ve worked out better?

    Are you going to review New Nightmare, Freddy vs Jason or the remake?