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  • Awesome Music: Kool Moe Dee's "Let's Go" which covers the entire credit sequence.
  • Contested Sequel: Aside from the second film, probably the most divisive of the sequels. Some fans really love it due to its dark, gothic visuals, whereas others really hate the clash between said visuals and a Freddy who acts even goofier than in the previous two films (though to be fair, he acts even sillier in Freddy's Dead; it's just less pronounced because the rest of the film is also much Denser and Wackier).
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Greta Gibson is arguably one of the more popular characters to come out of this movie, most likely due to how... disturbing her death sequence was. Photos and screenshots of her tend to be the most frequently posted ones online in connection to the movie, but beyond that she was given just enough screentime and characterization (such as her mourning Dan) to make her likable. There's even fan fiction that puts her in the main character role. Hell, there's even an album named after her.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Thanks to the concept of Nightmare Fuel, Freddy's "fuel injection" line is now more appropriate than ever.
    • Decades before Freddy's appearance in Mortal Kombat 9: Amanda wins. Babality!
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: Alice dreams of her womb and her baby. She's happy at first, until she realizes Freddy is there too, and has been feeding the souls of his victims to make the baby evil like him.
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  • Just Here for Godzilla: It's a safe bet that what usually draws people to this installment despite the poor reviews were the extended versions of Dan's and Greta's deaths because of how horrifying they were.
  • Misaimed Fandom: At one point, Freddy forcefully fuses a character with his motorcycle. The process looks very painful, with pipes and wires piercing through his flesh, skin peeling off and pieces of machinery inserting themselves into his body all over. It is...gruesome...and if you look the scene up on Youtube and check the comments, you will find people talking about how badass the resulting being looks, and how it should get its own movie or comic book series.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Alice's right as a mother is explored upon in this film. The film doesn't try to pass moral judgement on abortion, nor is the process considered right or wrong. When Mark asks if Alice has thought about not having Jacob, Alice says no because she considers him a part of herself and Dan, not because she thinks the idea itself is wrong. The whole film is about Alice trying to keep her child from other people, such as Freddy, who is trying to warp Jacob into a tool he can use, and Dan's parents, who think they have a right to Jacob because he's their grandson and even refer to him as "It." In fact, Dan, despite dying early in the film, is given more consideration than Alice is, as Alice's own doctor actually called Dan's parents and told them she was hysterical. The film treats this course of action as wrong.
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  • Special Effect Failure: For all the great looking practical effects in it, the few moments of stop motion used look just out of place, especially when Alice sees the food in her fridge rot away before Greta appears to her.
  • Squick: The film is so squicky that it's the only Elm Street movie to have an unrated version.
  • Uncertain Audience: A question fans have towards this movie is who was it aimed for? On the one hand, the film returns to its darker roots by keeping Freddy in the shadows more, integrating more gothic imagery and adult topics, and building up the kills as being more gruesome and shocking than before. On the other hand, Freddy keeps his snarky, jokester persona from The Dream Master but cranked Up to Eleven with even more one-liners than before, and all of the kills falling into laughable territory with concepts like the Freddy Motorcycle, Chef Freddy and even Super Freddy, which contrasts the darker and more serious tone being presented here.


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