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Freddy's Dead:
The Final Nightmare
1 Star
Directed by Rachel Talalay.
Cast: Lisa Zane, Robert Englund, Shon Greenblatt, Lezlie Deane, Breckin Meyer, Ricky Dean Logan, Yaphet Kotto, Cassandra Rachel Friel, Roseanne, Tom Arnold, Tobe Sexton, Chason Schirmer, Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp.
1991 – 96 minutes
Rated: Rated R (for violence, language and drug content).
Reviewed by Dustin Putman, October 2008.

Freddy Krueger:
I'll get you, my pretty, and your little soul, too!

The final entry in the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" series proper (not counting 1994's pseudo-sequel "Wes Craven's New Nightmare" and 2003's "Freddy vs. Jason"), "Freddy Dead: The Final Nightmare" is easily the worst of the lot. Irresponsibly disregarding the rules and events already set up in the previous installments, dream-stalker Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) is now able to control things in the characters' waking hours and has been rendered by director Rachel Talalay and screenwriter Michael De Luca into an outright spoof who plays video games and impersonates the Wicked Witch of the West from "The Wizard of Oz." The story, in which therapist Maggie (Lisa Zane) travels with last surviving teen of Springfield John (Shon Greenblatt) back to Krueger's stomping ground, only to discover that she is the supernatural killer's daughter, is largely inconsequential. Crisp cinematography and a few unsettling flashbacks to Maggie's childhood with her still-alive child molester and murderer father notwithstanding, "Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare" is imbecilic and cornball (and that includes the contrived 3-D climax). Director Rachel Talalay's answer to defeating Freddy once and for all is to pull him out of a dream and kill him in the real world. That would be well and good, except the same idea was used in the 1984 original. If it didn't work then, how are we supposed to believe it will work now?

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