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Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

It’s 1999 and thanks to Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund), Springwood is now a virtual ghost town and down to its last surviving teenager, John Doe (Shon Greenblatt). Freddy sends the amnesiac Doe to a nearby town on a fishing expedition of sorts, hoping he will bring back more victims for Freddy, including his long lost daughter.

John ends up at a half-way house with other teens including Tracy (Lezlie Deane), Carlos (Ricky Dean Logan) and Spencer (Breckin Meyer). Their counsellor is Maggie (Lisa Zane), a woman who is also struggling with gaps in her memory.

Maggie takes John on a field trip back to Springwood, to learn about his past, unaware that the other teens have stowed away in the van for the trip. She is also unaware that she is leading them all into a trap set by Freddy.

Of all the Nightmare on Elm Street films, Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare is the worst, with a campy tone that is heightened to ridiculous levels by the (unnecessary) presence of cameos from Roseanne Barr, Tom Arnold, Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper.

The film’s special effects are terrible (and look even worse in 3-D) and the climax proves a major disappointment: Apparently, Freddy is actually inhabited by three Ancient Greek Gods called “dream demons” and we get an entirely revisionist explanation for his dream abilities which is contradictory to all the information in the previous franchise entries.

Freddy Krueger
Robert Englund
Maggie Burroughs
Lisa Zane
John Doe
Shon Greenblatt
Lezlie Deane
Ricky Dean Logan
Breckin Meyer
Yaphet Kotto
Childless Man
Tom Arnold
Childless Woman
Roseanne Barr
Orphanage Woman
Elinor Donahue
Guy on TV
Johnny Depp (as Oprah Noodlemantra)
Little Maggie/Katherine Krueger
Cassandra Rachel Friel
David Dunard
Mrs Burroughs
Marilyn Rockafellow
Loretta Krueger
Lindsey Fields
Carlos’ Mother
Angelina Estrada
Tracy’s Father
Peter Spellos
Teen Freddy
Tobe Sexton
Young Freddy
Chason Schirmer
Spencer’s Father
Michael McNab
Freddy’s Father
Alice Cooper

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