Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare

aka NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 6
Movie Review by EDF

Starring: Robert Englund, Lisa Zane, Shon Greenblatt, Lezlie Deane, Ricky Dean Logan
Director: Rachel Talalay

The final chapter, yeah right, of the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET saga finally find’s Freddy get his just deserts. In this instalment, John (Shon Greenblatt), an amnesia case that believes Freddy (Robert Englund) has allowed him to escape because he is the son of Freddy, is soon found wandering on the streets and is brought to a children’s shelter. Watched over by one of its social workers, Maggie (Lisa Zane) finds a piece of a newspaper on John and they both end up sharing the same visions.

It turns out that not everyone is happy at the shelter. Carlos (Ricky Dean Logan) the kid with the hearing aid, Spencer (Breckin Meyer), who loves his computer games and Tracy (Lezlie Deane), the kick boxer enthusiast, bribe a van driver to stow them away in his vehicle. Going on a lead, Maggie and John take the van to Springwood. Discovering the three stowaways, Catherine tells them to go back to the shelter in the van while she and John check out the local orphanage.
One of the strong points with this movie is that they give the viewer a brief insight of Freddy’s origins and his brutal father, a cameo role played by Alice Cooper.

As we all know, while this was the last movie to follow the storyline, Wes Craven came up with A NEW NIGHTMARE a couple of years later with a new twist to the story. Meanwhile NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 6, while entertaining, shows its age with gimmicky effects. Some of the blue screen effects are tame and when this was originally released in 1991, it was also originally released as a 3-D movie. There are obvious pointers in the movie when to stick those silly 3-D glasses on and this is not in 3-D, some of the waving your hand in front of your face shoots look a bit silly now.

4 out of 6 stars
The transfer onto DVD is above average but unfortunately the extra features are poor. A trailer and a brief synopsis called Freddie R.I.P. about the NIGHTMARE movies is all you are going to get.

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