A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 6, 1991
Starring Robert Englund, Yaphet Kotto, Lisa Zane, Breckin Meyer, Tom Arnold, Roseanne, Ricky Dean Logan, Lezlie Deane, Johnny Depp, Shon Greenblatt
Freddy decides that anyone is fair game as he continues his killing spree.
The end was nigh for the “Nightmare…” franchise. The popularity was certainly there with huge box office revenues for it but when Freddy has killed child after child in one preposterous situation after the other, the creative juices which flowed during the production of all of these movies was lacking to such an extent that it took two years for this film to be released after the fifth instalment. However, the wait was certainly worth it.
What to do when you’ve killed all of the children you wanted? This is the situation which Freddy Krueger found himself in. In order to satisfy his murderous hunger, Freddy starts to establish a new Elm Street so he can take his killing spree ‘on the road’. Along the way, Freddy discovers that he has a child but, understandably, all she wants to do is kill him but Freddy is that elusive that he just keeps on escaping. Will Freddy be stopped?
The last ‘bona-fide’ film of the franchise as it was the concluding film to feature Englund as Freddy as just this character alone. And, yet again, Englund relishes this role. Deep down, Freddy is a disgusting human being and when you ignore the music videos and television show which he ‘presented’, this character is someone who killed children. When he plunges his knives into whoever he fancies next, the menace on his face is somewhat disturbing and shows a superb actor despite his murderous grin.
The film also boasts as having a stellar cast of guest actors and actresses. Tom Arnold and Roseanne make a fleeting appearance, Alice Cooper features as Freddy’s father and even Johnny Depp (who featured in the first instalment) appears on a television just before Freddy kills again. This was meant to be the last “Nightmare…” film and it seems that everyone wanted a piece of the action but each of these guest stars play their part in creating a scary-enough film which still makes many jump to this day.
Although some might criticise the film for including the daughter sub-plot, it seemed that this was the only way which Freddy could be killed. Just like with Jason’s mother in the “Friday the 13th” franchise, a family member knows how to get to us and show our weaknesses. In this movie, Freddy’s daughter is played by Lisa Zane. Obviously disgusted with her father, she sees it has her role in life to kill her father as he has destroyed so many other lives. This then causes a conflict of emotions as Maggie (Zane) deals with her own thoughts and feelings as, despite his evil ways, Freddy is still her father but he has to be stopped at all costs.
But what made this film revolutionary in the “Nightmare…” series was that it was directed by a woman. Rachel Talalay came up with the idea for the movie and shows an emotional side to the franchise. Some might have wanted Freddy to just kill but Rachel gave him a more human side (if ever that was possible with Krueger) and a backstory as well. She even showed Freddy before he was burned by the parents in his boiler room and this showed that deep down, this monster is still a man no matter what crimes he has committed.
The final ‘bona-fide’ “Nightmare…” film of the series as the sequel to it this wasn’t really about Freddy but the actors and actresses who starred in the films itself, this film showed Freddy in a more positive light and gave reasons as to why he turned out the way he did. This movie might not be a true ‘slasher’ but what it lacks for in that narrative side it more than compensates with an emotional sub-plot which gives reasoning behind the man and how to prevent this from happening in reality.
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