It was in what was intended to be the final Elm Street film that Freddy Krueger became a comedic buffoon, always making lame jokes and punch lines intended to amuse the kids and make the adults want to cut their own ears off to be spared the pain. This is not a horror film it is a satire of horror and a parody of the Elm Street films.
Lets talk story. In this Freddy has come up with another one of his diabolical plans to continue his killing spree. What does this mean? Well, Freddy’s looking for a way to escape Springwood and he has to deal with, get this, his daughter. Yes, he has a daughter now, sounds like something Wes Craven would think up when he’s completely drunk. Anyway it is actually quite a well thought out story and when you look back at some of the other twists that have come out of the sequels the whole daughter thing is actually handled very nicely.
Now since I didn’t see this in 3D I’ll just leave out anything about the 3D as it’s not worth mentioning. Some of the effects worked well for the most part and the dream sequences were oddly enough kind of fun to see not because they were scary, because they had some of the most over the top deaths in any horror film. Honestly at times I think this hues closer to a black comedy rather than a slasher film which is weird as the original was anything but a black comedy.
Now the acting was quality for such a film. The daughter, Kathryn Krueger (Lisa Zane) was awesome and has to be the best character in the film. It is sort of cool to see Freddy getting his ass kicked by his own daughter and I never thought I’d write that. Lisa Zane played Kathryn with some skill and seemed up there with Robert Englund who reprises his role as the titular antagonist with gleeful humour. A bit of mention should go to the character Doc who is every bit as cool as some of the other characters that have come out of the sequels. The actor Yaphet Kotto was great in every scene and he brings back memories of Kincaid from Dream Warriors and The Dream Master who was one of my favorite characters.
Intentionally silly and sadistically hilarious in equal measure Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare is the most crazy of the Elm Street films and is a ghoulishly ridiculous thing to behold.