Freddy’s Dead : The Final Nightmare

by on Apr.30, 2010, under Daily Review

I really don’t know what to say about this one. It’s got it’s plusses, but if this is what the franchise has become it’s a damn shame. Rachel Talalay Directs this time, and I’m a big fan ever since her incarnation of Tank Girl, so what else could you expect here other than a comic book version of Elm Street? It’s glossy MTV style and pace are reflective of her own colourful direction. The cast are pretty good with a mediocre plot involving the spawn of Fred Krueger (yawn) and I suppose the style fits quite well. This is probably better than the last few, as the inspiration and creative drive is vivid and dream like, although super over the top cartoon, complete with ‘boing’ noises right out of Tom & Jerry.

I found it intensely disturbing watching Fred dancing to ‘In-a-gadda-da-vida’, complete with full psychodelia and later becoming a Nintendoesque game character. It just doesn’t work for me; I find it insulting and disrespectful to the origins but this questions the ethics of Englund himself. How could he agree to this? And what made Yaphet Kotto think this film was a good idea?

The other point is how come Fred started laughing like Tommy Cooper?

This is the last in the line, end of the road. Freddy’s Dead and only a miracle will bring him back, although a homage style reinterpretation with the original cast could possibly do wonders to tidy up this 10 year nightmare of sequels.

This is the best of a bad bunch, but it’s not horror and it’s not what Craven would have wanted.



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