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Film: Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
Only the good (bad?) die young.

Freddy: Time to start all over again.
Maggie: But this isn't Springwood!
Freddy: Hehehe... Every town — has an Elm Street! Haaahahaha!

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare is the sixth film and the supposed finale of the A Nightmare on Elm Street series, released in 1991.

In "ten years from now", Freddy has managed to kill all the children in Springwood, sans one whom he has left alive to aid in his plan to break out from there, so that he can continue killing where-ever he chooses to.


This film provides examples of:

  • 3-D Movie: The final portion of the film was filmed in 3D. When Maggie puts on a pair of 3D glasses, audience is supposed to do the same.
  • Abusive Parents: Literally every main character has abusive parents. Carlos had a mother whose abuse caused him to become deaf, Spencer has a father who psychologically abuses him, Tracy had a father who sexually abused her, and Maggie's biological father...well, you know. Even Freddy is shown to have a foster father who physically abuses him during his teen years.
    • Fridge Brilliance shows that out of all the Nightmare movies, with the exception of Jesse's mom in 2 and Alice's reformed dad in 5, Freddy Krueger was the only parent in the series worth a damn. Abusive, aloof, or drunken parents are all over the place in the series. Meanwhile, in the flashback sequences, Fred Krueger is shown doing absolutely nothing other than loving that little girl for all she's worth.
  • Beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts: It uses the "apparition in front of the car" version. A little girl appears on the road as the characters are driving to Springwood, telling them "Go back!". Only one character can see her, and he jerks the wheel, nearly crashing the vehicle. Interestingly, the vision is not a ghost, but actually a manifestation of another character when she was younger. The character in question was actually the one driving, but couldn't see her younger self, presumably because she was fully awake.
  • Batter Up: When Doc comes face to face with Freddy, he attacks him with a baseball bat.
  • Bury Your Disabled: The deaf kid Carlos becomes Freddy's first dream victim.
  • The Cameo: Johnny Depp, Roseanne Barr, Tom Arnold and Alice Cooper all have appearances.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The confiscated weapons in the youth shelter.
  • Childless Dystopia: Springwood has been turned into one.
  • Comicbook Adaptation: By Innovation Publishing.
  • Creator Cameo: Producer Robert Shaye appears as the guy selling bus tickets.
  • Crowbar Combatant: A crowbar is among the weapons used against Freddy in the climax.
  • Darker and Edgier: The victims Freddy goes after have significantly-harsher past histories (child abuse, incest and being the daughter of a serial killer) than those from previous films. Despite this (and the tagline on the film poster, seen above), this film is also by far the most comedic in the series, and the death scenes are pretty light on gore.
  • Death by Irony: In the Final Battle, Maggie stabs Freddy with the clawed glove, his signature weapon. It doesn't actually kill him, but it's still ironic.
  • Decoy Protagonist: John Doe.
  • Deal with the Devil: Freddy got his powers when, at the moment of his death, he made a deal with the dream demons.
  • Dying Town: Springwood has become this, Freddy having killed everyone under the age of eighteen. The remaining adults are left insane, and presumably unable to leave town due to Freddy's influence.
  • Ear Ache: One so bad that it makes its recipient's head explode.
  • Easy Amnesia: John Doe.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Maggie.
  • Epigraph: The film opens with two quotes; one from Friedrich Nietzsche ("Do you know the terror of he who falls asleep? To the toes he is very terrified, because the ground gives the way under him, and the dream begins...") and one from Freddy ("Welcome to prime time, bitch.")
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Freddy is like this, and defiant to the very end. In the final scene, when Maggie takes his glove, he suggests that she "let daddy show you how to use it." She doesn't take him up on it.
  • Evil Plan: Freddy's plan is to trick Maggie to free him from Springwood so that he start all over again. And again. And again....
  • Eye Scream: While not shown in the film, the comic adaptation shows that Freddy killed his adoptive father by stabbing him in the eye with the straight razor.
  • Final Girl: Maggie Burroughs/ Katherine Krueger.
    • Her actual name is Maggie Burnham. She is identified as this in the screenplay, Fangoria's Movie Magazine about the film at the time, and it can be seen on a bottle of prescription sleeping pills in the film.
  • Fingore: Freddy counts the killing attempts on him by slicing off his fingers to show off to Doc.
  • Flipping the Bird: When Freddy slices off his fingers one by one, he gives Doc the middle finger, noting that it's his favorite.
  • Gambit Roulette: Freddy's plan relies on the fact that John Doe manages to find his daughter and bring her to him. Considering that the plan has John becoming amnesiac, it's surprising that it even works.
  • Groin Attack: Freddy sustains a kick to the balls courtesy of Tracy.
  • Humanity Ensues: When Freddy is dragged into the real world, he becomes human again. He turns back into his standard form pretty quickly though, although he's still human even then.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: John falls from the sky, onto a bed of spikes placed by Freddy.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Averted; out of all the stuff Maggie throws at Freddy, only one knife and one shuriken actually connect.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: Near the end, Maggie travels into Freddy's mind, and sees his memories.
  • Killed Off for Real: Freddy Krueger. This is not a spoiler. Or at least he was until further installments were made. While Wes Craven's New Nightmare is set outside the films' universe entirely and A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) is an outright reboot, Freddy vs. Jason reveals that Freddy can never be killed and at best, exiled into an ambiguous hell dimension when he dies and trapped there so long as no one remembers him
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: The film reveals that Freddy had a daughter named Maggie.
    • Well, he had named her Katherine.
  • Man Bites Man: Maggie bites Freddy's nose during their fight at the end.
  • Mirror Scare: Tracy is splashing water on her face in a bathroom, but when she looks up, she sees in the mirror that the room has changed into her old childhood home — where her abusive father is waiting.
  • Nails on a Blackboard: Invoked by Freddy; he replaces Carlos's hearing aid with one that makes all sounds ultra-loud, then gets out a chalkboard and repeatedly scratches it with his knives until Carlos's head explodes.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Freddy Krueger has ultimately destroyed Springwood completely by killing all its children and reducing their remaining parents to broken messes. He announces his plan to Maggie to continue doing it everywhere else — as Freddy says, "Every town has an Elm Street".
  • Our Demons Are Different: The Dream Demons. They are ancient and serpentine in appearance, and hold lordship over all nightmares. They find the most evil human imaginable, who they will grant the power to turn dreams into reality. They chose Freddy Krueger, and made him immortal too.
  • Scenery Porn
  • Self-Made Orphan: Maggie kills Freddy, her father. He was exceptionally evil though.
  • Self-Mutilation Demonstration: Freddy cuts off his fingers (Again!) while counting the ways people have tried and failed to put him down for good. He regrows them instantaneously.
  • Series Fauxnale: It depends whether you accept Freddy vs. Jason as a sequel to this film, or an interquel set earlier in the series.
    • There should be no question that Freddy vs. Jason follows this one... Footage from this movie is used in the prologue covering Freddy's backstory. New Line's official position is that Fvs J follows this one as well.
  • Shout-Out: John Doe's opening nightmare references The Wizard of Oz with his house falling in the sky and Freddy appearing as the Wicked Witch.
    Freddy: "I'll get you, my pretty! And your little soul, too!"
  • Spoiler Title: Yes, Freddy does die for real. It is not however the final Nightmare.
  • Start of Darkness: The barrage of flashbacks at the end serve this purpose.
  • The Stoner: Spencer.
  • Take That Kiss: Maggie does this after stuffing a pipe bomb in Freddy's gut at the end.
  • Tempting Fate: During one of John Does dreams.
    John Doe: Nothing is gonna make me get off this bed.
    Bed lights on fire.
  • Title Drop: Maggie declares that "Freddy's dead" when he is blown up.
  • Trophy Room: Shown briefly in Freddy's flashbacks. It was filled with, among other things, variant gloves, pictures of victims, Springwood Slasher-related newspaper clippings and toys presumably belonging to victims.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Carlos, who is both Hispanic and deaf.
  • Unwitting Pawn: John Doe in Freddy's plan to bring his daughter to him.
  • Verb This!: Said by Freddy after getting beaten up by Tracy.
    Freddy: "Kung fu this, bitch."
  • Voice Changeling: Freddy imitates Tracy's voice while retaining his normal form to mess with the Doc.
  • Wham Line:
    John Doe: I know why you let me go.
    Freddy: Oh. Do you think I'm your daddy? Mm-mm! Wrong!
    John Doe: But you let me live!
    Freddy: Only long enough for you to bring me back my daughter!
  • You Killed My Father: Maggie calls Freddy out on the fact that he killed his wife, her mother.
  • You Need to Get Laid: Spencer's response to Tracy's bitchiness.
  • Your Head Asplode: Carlos's death.


A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream ChildGhost FictionFreddy vs. Jason
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream ChildHorror FilmsWes Craven's New Nightmare
Executive DecisionCreator/Dream Works AnimationHeart and Souls
A Nightmare on Elm StreetFilms of the 1990sWes Craven's New Nightmare
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream ChildSlasher MovieWes Craven's New Nightmare
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream ChildFranchise/A Nightmare on Elm StreetWes Craven's New Nightmare

alternative title(s): Freddys Dead The Final Nightmare; Freddys Dead
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