Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
Depending on your perspective, Freddy Krueger has either been dead ever since long before his first film appearance, or he can’t die at all. But the Nightmare series has never been one to let consistent mythos get in the way of a solid rhyme, and thus: Freddy’s Dead. Set more than a decade after the last movie, Freddy’s Dead presents a vision of the future in which Krueger has killed almost every child and teenager in the whole city of Springwood; amazingly, this hasn’t attracted the attention of the UN or anything, and it’s determined that the only way to permanently kill him is to drag him out of dreams and into the “real” world – creator Wes Craven (also behind the Scream series and Freddy semi-reboot New Nightmare) has always been obsessed with how the fiction of horror movies intersects with reality. So no, in the end, this was not to be the Final Nightmare after all. But it does bring a miles-over-the-top performance by Robert Englund, cameos from Alice Cooper and Roseanne Barr, and the crazy, campy visual effects that are the hallmark of the series. What’s not to like?
NIGHTMARE DAY PASS:
Everybody has a favorite A Nightmare on Elm Street movie, but it’s barely worth taking your red and green sweater to the cleaners if you’re only going to come see one! Let Freddy truly haunt your dreams – and your entire Saturday – by marathoning all six Elm Street movies on the primary timeline from the 1984 original through Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (yes, we know there were tangents like Freddy vs. Jason and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, but there are only so many hours in the day).
In a true test of your Freddy fandom, we’ll start the screenings at 10:00am, and run them in sequence – with a few minutes in between for comfort breaks and popcorn refills – through midnight:
- 10:00am – A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
- 12:30pm – A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)
- 3:00pm – A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
- 5:30pm – A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
- 8:00pm – A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
- 10:30pm – Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
The All-Day Nightmare Pass is $40, or $35 for Theatre Members.
Support is provided by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.