Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

Year: 1991
Director: Rachel Talalay
Writer: Wes Ccraven, Rachel Talalay, Michael De Luca
Genre: Horror: Slasher

This here is the final of the Freddy films although that is a misleading statement. After it there still was A New Nightmare and after that still Freddy VS Jason and then finally the 2010 remake. However, in regards to the initial story told in the first films, this is the last movie to pertain to it directly.

While the last film was hanging on by a thread, this one just goes over the deep end. After the last, they could have easily picked up on the story of Alice's unborn baby years later as a teenager. However, this doesn't happen at all. Instead they focus on Freddy's daughter that he had when he was alive. It is all a little odd.

The effects seem to finally have passed their prime as they now look hilariously goofy. It almost feels like this movie attempted to become a real "Hollywood" type movie but the series has never been like that. The creative spark of effects has been replaced by boring, late 80s effects that nobody would be excited to see. Apparently, it was also first shown in 3D. It didn't feel like a 3D movie when I watched it, which is a very good thing. There's nothing that bothers me more than movies that have things "reaching out" at you just to make use of the 3D gimmick. Thinking about it, at least now it finally makes sense why the lead character wore 3D glasses at a certain point in the movie. Maybe it was to signal the audience to do so as well.

Anyways, Freddy dies in a really boring way too. Spoilers: He gets pulled out of the dream world so he has no special powers anymore. Then he basically gets beat up to death. That is not the way a supernatural child killer deserves to go!

PS: There was the oddest bit of product placement I've seen since The Wizard as well. One of Freddy's murder involves bringing a stoner into a video game. Freddy then controls the game with his knife glove set up a bit like a  Power Glove and even goes so far as to say "Now I'm playing with power!". I don't think this could have ever been hilarious to a mature gaming audience, but hokey. I guess it's a testament to the relatively young fanbase for the series that they put this kind of thing in.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...