'The Final Nightmare': Let's hope so


At the very welcome conclusion of "Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare," the sixth and allegedly last in the "Nightmare on Elm Street" series (promises), someone sings, "Do You believe that Freddy Is Dead?"

Not on your life. The producers are saying this is the last in the series, but the only thing that is going to end this series is bad box office. If this one makes a profit, Freddy will be back.

The new film is a bit better than the rest, but that's like saying one apple is less rotten than the other.

Rachel Talalay, the former Baltimorean who directed the new "Nightmare," said that the emphasis is on the humor rather than slash. Well, there's enough of both in the film -- that is, if you think the killer of small children is a laughing matter.

We do get to see Freddy (Robert Englund) as he was, when his wife discovered that he was the serial killer. He also killed her, and when the townspeople got rid of him, he came back as a dream killer, someone who invaded the dreams of the teens who had somehow escaped his claws as kiddies.

The new film moves in and out of dreamland, so there is much confusion, but then these films have all had their confusion.

In the new one, an associate at a shelter for young people discovers that she is actually Freddy's daughter. She also learns that she is the only one who can destroy him. All she has to do is latch on to him in her dreams and yank him back to reality, where she can dispose of him.

Daughter kills dad? No big deal. According to this film, almost every American parent was a child molester, sexual or otherwise. According to this film, they all deserve to die.

Daughter takes care of dad in the last 12 minutes of the film, which are in 3-D, which means you have to use those glasses. They work no better here than they ever have.

"Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare" has been well directed, for what it is.

"Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare" is showing at local theaters. The closing credits include an RIP sign. We can only hope.

"Freddy's Dead:

The Final Nightmare"

* Freddy, the kiddie killer, is finally brought down.

CAST: Robert Englund, Lisa Zane, Shon Greenblatt, Lezlie Dean, Ricky Dean Logan, Breckin Meyer, Yaphet Kotto.

DIRECTOR: Rachel Talalay

RATING: R (sex, language, violence)

RUNNING TIME: 87 minutes.

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