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Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

review by Todd Doogan, special to The Digital Bits

The Nightmare on Elm Street Collection


Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

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Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
New Line Platinum Series - 1991 (1999) - New Line

Film Rating: C+

Disc Ratings (Video/Audio/Extras): A/B/B+

Specs and Features:

96 mins, R, widescreen (1.85:1), 16x9 enhanced, single-sided, single-layered, Snapper case packaging, cast and crew info circa 1991, original 3D ending sequence, DVD-ROM features (Script-To-Screen screenplay access, Dream World trivia game #6, up-to-the-minute cast and crew information, Freddy's Portal website access), film-themed menu screens with animation and music, scene access (23 chapters), language: English (DD 5.1) and (DD 2.0), subtitles: English, Close Captioned

Well... it took 2 years to get this film out to the faithful. And was it worth it? Nah, not really. There's some closure, and some circular motions storywise, but it's not all that thrilling and comes off almost as a spoof of the other films.

This one was written by the man with a plan at New Line, Michael De Luca, and directed by Nightmare on Elm Street staple Rachel Talalay. This time around, some kid who has amnesia (and who happens to be the last Elm Street kid) is sent out of Springwood by Freddy to go find fresh meat. The kid thinks he's Freddy's son, but what he doesn't realize is, he's on a crash course with the real child of Freddy. Is it Yaphet Kotto in a bad wig, the sexy Lisa Zane, Clueless star Breckin Meyer or Johnny Depp in a cameo? I'm not telling, but she's pretty sexy. Freddy has good genes, ya'll. The deaths in this one are silly - especially Meyer's - but there's a sort of charm in the film. It's got that something that horror films need to grab you... something like a sense of humor. Yeah, that's it, the film doesn't take itself seriously in the least and, as strong a point as that is, it's also a stumbling block. In the end, Freddy is killed off for good, and none too soon, cause I'm tired of talking about that charred up guy.

Freddy's Dead is of the same high quality as all the other films in the box set (surprise of surprises). It has a really solid anamorphic picture and some nice sound. The original stereo track is available on this disc, but there's also the new Dolby Digital 5.1 track, that really makes it sound like Freddy's reaching his razor-tipped fingers right out at ya. Again, the extras are the same as on the other DVDs in the set, except here we also get the original ending in 3D (and yes... the box includes two pairs of 3D glasses - never fear). There's also the standard DVD-ROM material (script-to-screen, the 6th trivia game and web access), as well as production note cast bios. All that and the menu screens looks great too (and, once again, note that the trailer for this film is included on the Encyclopedia disc). This is another fun DVD from New Line. So it's on to the last entry in the series, a neo-realistic tale done up by original series creator, Wes Craven. What do we think of it? Head on back to our review index for the series and find out!

Todd Doogan
todddoogan@thedigitalbits.com


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