Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare takes everything terrifying about the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise and turns it into a joke. With zero explanation, Freddy is alive yet again and kills all but one Elm Street teen. So he tracks him down, but discovers someone else in the process. By this point in the franchise, Freddy Krueger became a widely known icon. Games, merchandise, and even an anthology TV series.
Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare softens Freddy to the point where people seem to forget he’s an evil psychotic killer. Freddy parodies the wicked witch, messes with a guy’s hearing aid, uses 3D glasses in a final act shot entirely in 3D for some reason, and even plays a video game with a freaking Power Glove! There are even embarrassing cameos from a bunch of celebrities including Johnny Depp, Roseanne Barr, and Alice Cooper. You’d think this slasher movie was made for children. It must be why his one liners are so juvenile, his face is smoother with less scarring, and no nudity is present.
The only notable thing about the movie is the reveal of Freddy’s full origin. SPOILER ALERT! Freddy only became the “Springwood Slasher” because his surprise daughter Maggie was taken away from him. When he was burned, three “Fiery Demon” puppet head creatures gave him dream powers. Yes it looks just as ridiculous as it sounds. His daughter along with other final girl Tracy, kill him in the real world and Freddy is (clearly not) dead for good. Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare is just embarrassing.