Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare 1991

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

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Reducing the once-terrifying Dream Reaper into a goofy caricature, this joyless climax will leave audiences hoping Freddy stays dead.

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Murderous ghoul Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) has slaughtered every last child in his hometown. He ventures on to a new location, scouting fresh young victims to hack up with his finger blades. He arrives in a small town in which his long-lost daughter, Maggie (Lisa Zane), works as a therapist for troubled youths. He attempts to recruit her for his dastardly pursuits, but she has other ideas. Father and daughter meet for a bloody showdown that will determine Freddy's fate once and for all.

Cast

Robert Englund
as Freddy Kreuger
Lisa Zane
as Maggie
Rick Logan
as Carlos
Elinor Donahue
as Orphanage Woman
Roseanne Barr
as Childless Woman--Ethel
Tom Arnold
as Childless Man
Marilyn Rockafellow
as Maggie's Mother
Virginia Peters
as Woman on Plane
Stella Hall
as Stewardess
Lyndsey Fields
as Loretta Krueger
Angelina Estrada
as Carlos's Mother
Peter Spellos
as Tracy's Father
Tobe Sexton
as Teen Freddy
Chason Schirmer
as Young Freddy
Michael McNab
as Spencer's Father
Matthew Faison
as Springwood Teacher
Vic Watterson
as 1st Officer
Carlease Burke
as 2nd Officer
L.E. Moko
as Ticket Seller
Warren Harrington
as Cop in Shelter
Mel Scott-Thomas
as Security Guard
Jonathan Mazer
as Angry Boy
Alice Cooper
as Freddy's Father
Johnny Depp
as News Announcer
Robert Shaye
as Bus Ticket Booth Man (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (25)

  • The joke is on the filmmakers: By taking the finality out of death, they've already robbed the horror genre of its giddy sting.

    January 27, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • Sixth and final edition in the Nightmare on Elm Street feature series delivers enough violence, black humor and even a final reel in 3-D to hit paydirt with horror-starved audiences.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • Even the much-heralded 3-D finale is murky and unimaginative.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • The Elm Street films have always been a cut above the competition, so to speak, with their playfully malevolent dream sequences and their mocking, ever-resourceful villain.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
  • So long, Freddy, it's been good to know you.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • It's an incredibly poor way to end the series, unfaithful in its storytelling and tone, pervaded by rock music segues for modernity, and utterly amateurish in its execution.

    September 13, 2020 | Rating: 1/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

  • May 20, 2016
    Freddy's Dead : The Final Nightmare was slightly better than the awful Part 5 thanks to the story actually being pretty good, The way it was executed was the problem yet again, It had a good fresh idea but chose unfunny humour that was so cringe worthy it was hard to watch, Too many plot holes don't help the pace of the film, The acting was terrible yet again, Freddy was fun at times but he is reduced to pointless one liners before he kills his next victim in some stupid ways, I did like the ending but it was not enough to save the film, I wasn't old enough to go to the cinema when this came out so I can't comment on the 3D, Just like I said on my review on Part 5 the series should of ended after Part 4.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2016
    They really just didn't give a fuck by now. Some bits are pretty funny though. And I'd rather watch this one than the 2nd one.
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  • May 14, 2014
    What was meant to be the final nightmare is actually one of the most disappointing in the series. Now a full on pop culture/horror icon, this was meant to be a fun farewell for Freddy Kruger but that's what's wrong with it, for me. To much fucking around and one liners and not enough brutal kills! Back in Springwood, years after the last movie, and all the kids are missing/dead and the parents and grown ups have all gone insane so it's up to some delinquent kids from a halfway house, including the reveal of Freddy's daughter as a counsellor type, to stop Freddy as he attempts to find a new location to wreak havoc. Like the last movie, Freddy's Dead delves back into Freddy's past, looking into his memories as a bullied schoolboy and abused son which goes some way in explaining his evil nature and origins, although I'd personally not liked to have been given an excuse to show some sort of empathy for something so evil, it's always interesting to look into what made Kruger what he is. The main problem is the Kruger we see here is more about fun and its annoying to see him fucking around on video games(even if he is controlling a victim!) and the film as a whole isn't that great really. The ghost-like town of Springwood and it's mental residents never fully realised and although the twist with the daughter and how he uses her to get into killing again is quite interesting, what should have been a big finale for the film ends up being an unsatisfying one.
    Adam M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 30, 2013
    This is just awful. "Why?" is all I thought about when I watched this film. Dream Child was already pretty weak, now they made Freddy's Dead which is even weaker. The script was badly written, actors were horrible (except for Englund of course) the plot was pretty much none-existent. Even the cameraman couldn't do a proper job, I was deeply disappointed.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer

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