Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

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Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rachel Talalay
Produced by Michael De Luca
Michael N. Knue
Robert Shaye
Aron Warner
Screenplay by Michael DeLuca
Story by Rachel Talala
Based on Characters 
by Wes Craven
Starring Robert Englund
Lisa Zane
Shon Greenblatt
Lezlie Deane
Yaphet Kotto
Music by Brian May
Cinematography Declan Quinn
Edited by Janice Hampton
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release dates
  • September 13, 1991 (1991-09-13)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $11 million
Box office $34,872,033 (Domestic)

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (also known as A Nightmare on Elm Street 6: Freddy's Dead) is a 1991 American comedy-horror slasher film and the sixth film in the Nightmare on Elm Street series. As the title suggests, it was intended to be the last film in the series and it is the sixth film in the series; however, the success of the film prevented the series from ending (much like Friday the 13th parts four and nine). It is the sequel to A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child and is followed by Wes Craven's New Nightmare. This was New Line Cinema's first film released in 3-D.

Robert Englund reprises his role as Freddy Krueger; Lisa Zane, Yaphet Kotto, Breckin Meyer, Shon Greenblatt, Ricky Dean Logan, Lezlie Deane and Tobe Sexton also star. Additionally, several well-known actors make cameo appearances in the film, including Johnny Depp (whose screen debut was in the original A Nightmare on Elm Street), Roseanne Barr, Tom Arnold, and Alice Cooper. Iggy Pop sings the movie's title song, which plays over a montage of scenes from the previous Nightmare movies during the end credits.


Set eight years from the present (and ten years after the conclusion of the fifth film set in 1989), Freddy Krueger has managed to kill every child in Springwood, Ohio, though it is hinted that one child survived.

A young teenager seeking to escape Springwood is thrown from an airplane onto the street across from 1428 Elm, he races to escape but Krueger catches up with him and sends him flying through a hidden border of Springwood, causing him to strike his head. Krueger tells the boy to "be a good little dog and go fetch!", the boy wakens with no memory of who he is and wanders into the city with nothing but caffeine pills and a newspaper clipping of a missing woman; Loretta Krueger. He is picked up by police and taken to a youth shelter and comes under the care of Maggie Burroughs, a case worker for troubled teens; among those are Carlos, a sufferer of physical abuse who ended up with a hearing impairment, drug addict Spencer, whose privileged life is driven by his controlling father which drove him to rebelliousness, and Tracy, a troubled girl who was sexually abused by her father.

Maggie herself is troubled by recurring nightmares, which coincides with the news article the John Doe brings in with him and she suggests a trip to Springwood to spur his memories and shed light on her own mysteries. After a nightmare warning John to go back, he forces Maggie to stop abruptly, revealing that Carlos, Spencer and Tracy had stowed away to escape the shelter. After investigating the town, where the adult population has gone insane, Maggie orders the stowaways to return to the shelter while she and John go to the school. While they learn at the school that Freddy Krueger had a child that was taken away from him after the murders, the teens are unable to escape the town, being sent in circles by some unseen force. After they give up, they slip into a house that reveals itself as 1428 Elm. Carlos goes upstairs to get some sleep, he wakes up and finds himself in his old neighborhood where Freddy attacks him as his mother, then takes his hearing aid away. When he gives it back, it turns into a creature that amplifies all sound, and Freddy uses a chalkboard to make Carlos' head explode. Suspicious by this, Tracy leaves Spencer in front of a television which only he can see. Despite Carlos' warnings, Spencer falls asleep.

Maggie and John go to the orphanage where the matron recognizes both John and Maggie confirming his suspicions he may be Freddy's child, but the matron playing with imaginary children and the fact she recognized Maggie as well makes her doubt his suspicions. Tracy gathers them and they go back to the house to help Carlos and Spencer who has now been drawn into a nightmare of a video game where his father is the antagonist. John and Tracy enter his dream to save him, but they are too late when he is thrown into a pit which reflects in reality too. Unable to revive John, Tracy and Maggie try to escape town, but John is killed by being thrown onto a bed of spikes while Maggie and Tracy watch helplessly.

After returning to the shelter, Maggie's manager does not remember any of the teens that had died, but the shelter's dream specialist and Tracy's boxing coach Doc remembers them because he can control his dreams. Maggie remembers John's last words "it's not a boy" and finds that she had been adopted. Suspecting that she is Freddy's daughter, she digs in to find out. When she falls asleep, she encounters Freddy and he confirms that she is his daughter and that when they took her away from him, he took his revenge by taking their children. Believing his revenge to be successful, he was going to use her to travel outside of Springwood's supernatural border to continue killing even more children, stating that "Every town has an Elm Street!". Tracy finds herself confronting her father, who she brutally beats to reveal Freddy and saves herself by putting her hands over an open stove to wake up. They see Doc who decides after his own encounter with Freddy that they can pull him out of the dream and into reality. Using a pair of 3-D Glasses (intended for the audience which this scene was released in 3-D in theaters). Maggie goes through the dream world and Freddy's memories, during which she discovers how he grew to be the monster he is (as he was bullied by other kids for being the bastard son of a hundred maniacs, as well as being beaten by his foster father). Maggie also learns that before Freddy's death, he was encountered by three demons who had sought the earth for "the most evil being in existence" and had promised him the chance to exact his revenge on the parents - some of whose children Freddy had killed - that had burned him to death. Freddy had accepted and was granted his current supernatural powers to do so. Maggie then confronts Freddy a second time and is able to drag him into the real world.

After finding him, he appears human and begs for forgiveness, but he is revealed to have retained his supernatural powers and attacks Maggie who turns an artillery of weapons stored in the shelter and Freddy's own glove against him. When she finishes him off, she jabs a stick of dynamite into his chest and lights it. She then says "Happy Father's Day" and gives him one last kiss before she runs out and Freddy laments "Kids" before he explodes into thousands of pieces, the three demons are seen fleeing from his body, cackling in delight and fly off. Maggie's glasses reappear, a sign that the world has returned to normal. She smiles smugly to Doc and Tracy before announcing "Freddy's dead."



In the original script of the film, 15-year-old Jacob Johnson (son of the previous installment's main character, Alice Johnson) was the major character while many of the "Dream Warriors" would return to aid Jacob in defeating Freddy after he kills Alice.[1] This idea was later trashed and rewritten into the final script. Peter Jackson also wrote a screenplay, but it was not used; his screenplay was about how Freddy had become seen as such of a low threat that teenagers were now taking sleeping pills just so they could mess with him. A police officer then was to go into a comatose state, thus permanently being in Freddy's realm.[2] Jackson's script was said to be called A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Lover, and the supposed concept was that Freddy had become so weak in the dream world that teens made a game out of going into the dream world and beating up Freddy. But when Freddy regains enough power to take a boy's father hostage in the dream world, the boy must go there one last time to save his dad. In the final draft of the film, Alice and Jacob are seen briefly moving away from Springwood during the montage at the end of the film.

The last ten minutes of the film are in 3-D. The effect was eliminated for the VHS and television releases - with the notable exception of the UK and French rental version and the US Laserdisc version. The DVD box set, released in 1999, includes 2 pairs of 3-D glasses to use with the reinstated effect.


Box office[edit]

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare made $12,966,525[3] in the opening weekend, which was the highest opening weekend for the series until the release of Freddy vs. Jason.[4][5] After its initial run, the film grossed a total of $34,872,033 in the United States, making it the fourth highest grossing film in the series.[6]

Critical response[edit]

Reception from critics and fans of the franchise towards the film was generally negative. It currently holds a 21% rating on film review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes based on 28 reviews.[7] Austin Chronicle wrote, "Freddy Krueger [...] has devolved from the horrific, ill-defined phantasm posited in the original film into a bland and annoyingly predictable boogeyman loved by kids everywhere."[8]

The film was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original Song for the song Why Was I Born (Freddy's Dead).


The soundtrack for the film was released September 24, 1991 by Warner Bros. Records.

  1. Goo Goo Dolls – "I'm Awake Now"
  2. Junk Monkeys – "Everything Remains the Same"
  3. Goo Goo Dolls – "You Know What I Mean"
  4. Johnny Law – "Remember the Night"
  5. Chubb Rock – "Treat 'em Right"
  6. Iggy Pop – "Why Was I Born? (Freddy's Dead)"
  7. Johnny Law – "Hold Me Down"
  8. Goo Goo Dolls – "Two Days in February"
  9. Young Lords – "Give Me a Beat"
  10. Fates Warning – "Nothing Left to Say"

Comic spin-off[edit]

Innovation Comics published a three issue comic adaptation of the film. An alternate version of the third issue was published in 3-D in order to recreate the effect also used in the film. The series was also published in the trade paperback format. Innovation followed the adaptation with A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Beginning. The three issue mini-series served as a direct sequel to Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, as Maggie Burroughs continues to have nightmares of her father, Freddy Krueger, following the events of the film. Traveling back to Springwood with Tracy, another survivor from the film, Maggie researches Freddy's life leading up to his death at the hands at of the Springwood parents. Only the first two issues of the series were released before Innovation Comics declared bankruptcy, leaving the third issue still unpublished and the story incomplete. Series writer, Andy Mangels, has since made the original script for issue number three available on his website.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (Original script). Retrieved January 29, 2012 from
  2. ^ Farrands, Daniel and Kasch, Andrew (Directors) (2010). Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (DVD). 1428 Films. 
  3. ^ Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
  4. ^ ELAINE DUTKA (2002-05-23). "Weekend Box Office : 'Freddy's Dead' Wakes Up Box Office - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2013-07-15. 
  5. ^ "'Freddy's Dead' Wakes Up Box Office". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  6. ^ Nightmare on Elm Street Movies
  7. ^ "Freddy's Dead - The Final Nightmare - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Savlov, Mark (20 September 1991). "Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Freddy's Dead comic books

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