Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
1991 poster
Offical poster
Released September 13, 1991
Writer Rachel Talalay
Michael DeLuca
Director Rachel Talalay
Producer Michael De Luca
Michael N. Knue
Robert Shaye
Aron Warner
Starring Lisa Zane
Shon Greenblatt
Lezlie Deane
Ricky Dean Logan
Breckin Meyer
Robert Englund
Runtime 89 minutes
Budget $5,000,000
Gross USA: $34,872,033
Chronology see bottom of page

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare is a 1991 fantasy horror movie meant to be the final film in the A Nightmare on Elm Street (franchise). It was written by Rachel Talalay and Michael Deluca and directed by Talalay.

Though the film was critically panned, it was successful financially. It was New Line Cinema's first film that released partially in 3-D.


Springwood children in 1999 were murdered by Freddy, but some other deaths were suicides, but one has survived, and all the adults are in mass psychosis.

The survivor, John Doe, is shown on a passenger plane. A girl, who turns out to be Katherine Krueger, tells him that Freddy Krueger is going to make him help him (though she doesn't actually say his name).

His seat falls out of the bottom of the plane.

He then appears to wake up in a bed. He gets out of the bed and Freddy Krueger appears, on a broom, outside a window. It turns out that he is in a house in the sky, plummeting toward the ground.

John then gets hit by a bus driven by Freddy which sends him outside of Springwood (a barrier that Freddy cannot cross). As he crashes through the barrier, John hits his head on a rock. Freddy closes the hole in the barrier and says that John is going to "fetch" for him. When John wakes up, he has amnesia and cannot remember who he is.

He then starts walking away from the city limit of Springwood.

At a youth shelter, Carlos, Spencer, and Tracy plan to run away after Spencer's father, who wants Spencer to conform to his lifestyle, gives him a hard time.

The police find John and take him to the shelter, where he tells Maggie Burroughs, an employee, that he can sense that he might die if he falls asleep. Maggie, meanwhile, has been having frequent dreams about a girl with red ribbons in her hair (again, Katherine Krueger), and a water tower. Doc tells her there is a connection, and also explains a picture of three Dream Demon who roam the dreams of the living until they find someone twisted and evil and give them the power to cross the lines between dreams and reality.

Maggie takes John back to Springwood in hopes that it will trigger a spark to get him to remember who he is. While driving in the van, John hallucinates thinking he sees the same girl (Katherine Krueger), who yells, "GO BACK!", and nearly causes the van to crash. It is then that they discover Carlos, Spencer, and Tracy having stowed away. When they reach Springwood, Maggie tells them to call Kelly to tell him where they are and then drives back to the shelter. The phones are dead and they cannot find their way out of Springwood, so they stop at at the abandoned house that once belonged to Nancy Thompson.

Meanwhile, when Maggie and John go to a school, the teacher (who is unstable and talking to imaginary kids just like all the other adult inhabitants of Springwood) mentions Freddy's child being taken away. John believes that he is that child, and that is why Freddy hasn't killed him.

Carlos then falls asleep inside the house and begins to dream of his mother. Freddy takes his hearing device (which he uses because his mother physically abused him and damaged his hearing ability) and magnifies it so everything is extremely loud. After tormenting him by dropping pins on the ground and scratching a chalkboard with his razor glove, he scratches it so much that Carlos' head explodes. Meanwhile, Spencer gets high and falls into a dreaming hallucination. Tracy goes to get Maggie and John as Spencer is sucked into the television by Freddy where he is in a video game and is attacked by Freddy's character who resembles his father. When Maggie, Tracy, and John get back, Tracy and John enter the dream world in an attempt to stop Freddy, but Freddy kills Spencer by knocking him into a hole which materializes in the real world. Maggie witnesses him fall into the hole.

Maggie wakes Tracy up before Freddy can kill her and takes John away from Springwood. John, still asleep, finds himself in his house which begins to burn. He jumps out a window and activates a parachute. Freddy reveals to him that he is not his son and that he was using him to get to his daughter. He cuts the ropes of the parachute and places spikes directly below John as he falls on them. Before dying, he tells Maggie that Freddy's child is not a boy. John's body vanishes after his death. Freddy is able to enter Maggie's mind, and as they drive away from Springwood, the barrier is broken.

When Maggie talks to Kelly, she discovers that neither he nor anyone else remembers Carlos, Spencer, or John. Doc, who is able to control his dreams, tells her that Freddy didn't just kill them; he erased them. Later, Maggie, Tracy, and Doc each have nightmares about Freddy; Maggie discovers that she is Freddy's daughter, and now he can kill more victims outside Springwood. Freddy tells Doc that the dream demons gave him his power, and Doc tears off a shred of Freddy's sweater before he wakes up.

Realizing Freddy can be pulled out of the dream world, Maggie, Tracy, and Doc set up a plan to defeat Freddy. Maggie enters the dream world with a pair of 3D glasses, allowing her to enter Freddy's mind. She sees him killing the class hamster in school and then being made fun of for being the son of a hundred maniacs; she then sees him older, practicing self-mutilation as his alcoholic foster father, Mr. Underwood, physically abuses him, and Freddy killing him, and then Freddy's death where the dream demons entered him. Finally, she witnesses him strangling his wife Loretta in front of Katherine Krueger (Maggie Burroughs) for finding out that he killed the kids of Springwood.

Maggie pulls Freddy out of the dream world, and they fight. They appear evenly matched (though Maggie knocks off Freddy's clawed glove, and later breaks his hand) until Tracy and Doc throw several weapons to Maggie and she pins him to the wall with knives and throwing stars. She then puts on his clawed glove and stabs him with it. Tracy throws her a pipe bomb and she sticks it in his chest. Doc tears the door down and the three of them escape as the bomb explodes, killing Freddy and releasing the three dream demons, who fly away.

Maggie then says "Freddy's dead." and the credits roll, showing archive footage of all the six films (at the time of the film's release).



Though this was intended as the last Freddy film, three separate sequels have been made. One, Wes Craven's New Nightmare, has a demon impersonating Freddy appear in a world outside the A Nightmare on Elm Street series; Freddy vs. Jason, takes place within the A Nightmare on Elm Street timeline, depicting Freddy's return with the help of Jason Voorhees, and their subsequent battle. Finally, A Nightmare on Elm Street was rebooted in 2010.

Box Office

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Early promotional poster

With a 3D release on September 13, 1991, Freddy’s Dead opened with $12,966,525 on its first weekend, the highest opening of the series ever until the release of Freddy vs. Jason. It remained in first place on its second weekend, but dropped to $6,626,378. It eventually fell to the No.11 spot on the fifth weekend, with a total domestic gross of $34,872,033. This made the film the third highest grossing film in the franchise after The Dream Master and Dream Warriors. It is currently the fifth highest grossing film in the franchise.

Critical Response

Although Freddy’s Dead was a box office success, it received mostly negative reviews both the critics and the fans alike. The film holds an poor overall score of only 21% on Rotten Tomatoes, making it the second lowest rating Nightmare on Elm Street film. The critics criticized the film’s poor 3D visual effects and its handicapped comedic film style. In Nightmare on Elm Street Encyclopedia DVD features, Robert Shaye apologized to the fans about the film’s poor reception.

In an interview, Robert Englund replied to a reporter’s question about his view on the film: “(It has a) Good Poster.” In his book Hollywood Monster, he comments that Freddy's Dead is one of his least favorite Nightmare films in the franchise, and he also describes the film as "The weakest Nightmare sequel ever".

Besides its negative critical reviews, some fans also considered the film as one of the worst A Nightmare on Elm Street films along with Freddy's Revenge and the 2010 remake.



Glen on ANoES 6

  • When Spencer falls asleep, he sees Johnny Depp, who portrayed Glen Lantz in the original movie. Depp is credited as Oprah Noodlemantra and his character is listed in the credits as "Guy on TV".
  • The last 20 minutes of the movie was in 3D. In order to know when to put on the glasses, Doc gave glasses to Maggie to use in her dream.
  • The negative critical reception caused the film makers to make a seventh Elm Street film.
  • During the film, Freddy's song appears in various parts of the film, but the "7, 8, stay up late" part of it, for some unexplained reason, does not appear.
  • This was the only film where Freddy makes use of his power to "erase" people from the existence and also the only one where he did not kill any girl.
  • The secret room where Freddy forged his claws and kept the memories of his crimes was never presented in the early films, although the basement was the part of the house that was most visited.
  • Although John returned to Springwood, no adult there recognized him as a son or relative, presuming that his family had died or moved out of town.

Deleted Scene



  1. Seibold, Whitney (2012-10-12). The Series Project: Freddy & Jason (Part 4). CraveOnline. Retrieved 2016-06-05.

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