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Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, where Freddy dies, but not before playing 8-bit video games!

 
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Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

During a pivotal scene in 1991’s “Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare," the terrified Doc (Yaphet Kotto) is taunted by Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund), mocking previous attempts to kill him (burning him, splashing him with holy water, burying his remains). As Freddy manically laughs while self-mutilating his fingers with his clawed glove, little does he know that Doc holds the secret weapon to let heroine (and Freddy’s daughter no less!) Maggie (Lisa Zane) finally take him down. A holy hand grenade? Nice try, but that only works for evil white bunnies.

After five sequels, Fred Krueger would be doomed by the undisputed power of a pair of, drum roll, 3D glasses! Yes, that cheap red/blue lens sealed the fate of our favorite fiend (presented in Freddy Vision, no less) during the climatic end of the sixth and “final” film of the series. The anaglyph scenes are so bad that they make the shark mandible in “Jaws 3-D” look like a Picasso sketch.

As much love Bitter Balcony has for Freddy, watching this “Final Nightmare” was painful to the fond memory of liking Freddy when we were kids. Like Old Yeller, “Freddy’s dead” turns Freddy into a dog that needed to be shot in the back of the barn.

Cruel animal jokes aside, “Freddy’s Dead” is not only corny, but ingloriously dated. The cameos from Rosanne Barr and then-husband Tom Arnold are baffling now. Also, a heavy-handed glam-rock soundtrack marked the end for Freddy during the '90s grudge sensibilities.

The upshot of this chapter (directed by Rachel Talalay) is that it marks the end of Freddy as horror's Wile E. Coyote (he kills one kid with a bed of needles straight from the ACME catalogue). It also wipes the slate clean for a new incarnation of Krueger (Wes Craven gave it a go a few years later with “New Nightmare” and Ronny Wu’s 2003 “Freddy vs. Jason” saw Freddy duke it out with Voorhees). With Samuel Bayer starting the series over with the “re-imagining” of the classic “A Nightmare on Elm Street," we hope that in these 3-D crazed times “Freddy Vision” can mercifully lay six feet under.

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Credits:

Directed by: Rachel Talalay
Written by: Rachel Talalay, Michael De Luca
Starring: Robert Englund, Lisa Zane, Yaphet Kotto





Source of the Bitter: John Rojas

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JAS on Fri, 01/25/2013 - 2:07pm

Thanks, Lynda!

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