Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) - Rachel Talalay


Less of a nightmare and more of a fever dream.

Director: Rachel Talalay

Producers: Michael De Luca, Michael N. Knue, Robert Shaye and Aron Warner

Writer: Michael DeLuca

Starring: Robert Englund, Lisa Zane, Shon Greenblatt, Lezlie Deane, Breckin Meyer and Yaphet Kotto

Studio: New Line Cinema

Release Date: September 13, 1991

Country: United States

Budget: $11 million

Box Office: $34.9 million



Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare is an American comedy slasher movie that was directed by Rachel Talalay. Starring Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger, Lisa Zane, Shon Greenblatt, Lezlie Deane and Breckin Meyer. This movie serves as the sixth entry in the long-running Nightmare on Elm Street series. It was released in 3D on September 13th, 1991 by New Line Cinema to a huge opening. Freddy’s Dead made just over $12 Million at the box office.

This movie is set ten years after the last feature, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child. After years of terror, the children of Springwood have been killed and the adults are demented and strange. Only one teenager is left. Only one survivor. John Doe. And he has done his best to run from the Dream Demon known as Freddy Krueger. But when John meets a group of wayward teenagers at a shelter, Freddy starts his killing again. That is until he finds out that one of them is his daughter!

Freddy’s Dead is unlike any other movie in the series. Chuckles and laughs have replaced the screams and shrieks. It literally rehashes jokes from old Looney Toons episodes. It’s quite a shame. Director Rachel Talalay ended up capturing some cool shots, transitions and creative kills. But she never ventured into anything that would be very nightmare inducing. The dated effects are terribly apparent and the humor brings you right out of it.

The new group of teenagers is great, but nothing seems that original. It’s the same cocky teens that think they're all invincible even though they are all patients at some mental health facility. Each one is blander than the last. It was cool seeing Breckin Meyer in an early role, but his death was the most cringe-worthy of the franchise. Robert Englund was hamming it up in these later roles. Kruger was less of the maniacal psychopathic murderer that he was, and became a hardcore Bugs Bunny or Donald Duck.

Freddy’s Dead is a terrible entry to the series. They had played this entry up as a slapstick comedy, rather than a horrific slasher. A misstep for sure. The acting is mediocre and uninspired. No one seems excited to be included in the production. Yaphet Kotto was great. I think Doc was my favorite character. I also appreciated the cameos from actors like Johnny Depp, Roseanne & Tom Arnold, and Alice Cooper. Iggy Pop provides the song that plays over the ending montage.