Every story has to come to an end. No matter how much we love it and are entranced by it, the end is waiting for us. Whether the character be as noble as possible, or the world's greatest monster, their tale has a logical conclusion to come to.
Sometimes we are extremely satisfied with the ending and sometimes we are furious. We feel cheated in some form or fashion when the story doesn't quite end the way we want it to. Sometimes however, the story simply ends and while it may not be satisfying, we at least get closure. It is the latter of those options that brings to conclusion the tale of Freddy Krueger in Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare.
There is one child left in the city of Springwood. Freddy has at last managed to claim the rest of them, but this one has managed to escape. Badly injured and suffering from amnesia, this John Doe arrives in the nearby town of Central City to receive help at a youth center. Maggie, one of the counselors there believes that perhaps John can jog his memory with a return to Springwood. But their return will uncover so much more. For one, they have stowaways on their journey, kids who are trying to escape the youth center, but someone in the group is Freddy's child and he has brought them to Springwood for an awful purpose...escape. With no children left in Springwood, Freddy needs fresh souls and his child will bring him away from his stomping ground and out into the world where he can kill again, and again and again.
Truly, this is one of the weaker entries in the Elm Street saga, but I think there is a reason for that...how the hell do you kill Freddy? Sure, this movie does exactly what I mentioned earlier, it gives us an ending. Freddy dies as advertised, but I think for the fans, myself included, we wanted bigger stakes, a grander scale and something that was just so epic we would be sitting in the theater with our jaws agape.
But the film does say goodbye to Freddy in pretty unique fashion. We are at last treated to the complete story of Fred Krueger's life. His younger years, his teenage years and even what he was like as the Springwood Slasher during the day time and those parts are outstanding. But where the film falls short is the complete lack of scares. Yes, there's nothing creepy about Freddy in this go round and there's an air of campiness that makes you want to groan, but at the same time fits the film.
After all, while two more films featuring Robert Englund as Krueger were made, they were nothing like the original six, so in a way the camp and cheese speaks to how thin the franchise had been stretched and that indeed it was time to say goodbye. Either way, it's still one worth watching, there are some impressive effects, fun cameos and well...it's Freddy and while the franchise would change drastically past this point, this is still one fun final ride with one of the greatest film icons in modern horror.