This review concentrates on the third installment of the Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare franchise. It is important to note that this is the second film in the series, released in the Summer of 2020. The first installment, Freddy Vs. Jason, was released in 2020 and is considered a horror classic, creating a niche audience for the franchise. It did however, create an opposite effect; many people claimed that the movie was not scary and lacked fun.
The movie starts with some quick scenes of Jason stalking Mrs. Kondracki (a rather annoying newcomer in the series), breaking into her apartment, and killing the entire family. Although it takes a few minutes to kick off, the beginning part of the movie is packed full of unnecessary scenes and even flashbacks. The scenes could have been condensed to give more focus to the central plotline, but they are filmed in such a way that a viewer is left wondering exactly what happened.
The actual plot is also a mixed bag. For the most part, the movie is fast-paced and frenetic, bringing back the excitement and tension of the previous two films. Despite this, there are some elements that really detract from the experience, such as characters with no facial expressions or actual character development.
While the movie is fast-paced, it is still captivating to watch, especially for horror enthusiasts. Even though it is exciting, the feeling of dread often builds up when Freddy K-Jason returns, increasing the intensity of the scene. The intense scenes and the sense of danger are what kept the franchise going for so long.
Despite its entertaining moments, the entire movie was only worth a rating of three stars. This is because the story and characters were not developed or focused enough to be enjoyable for anyone but horror fans. The characters have some minor aspects of depth, such as when Mrs. Kondracki learns that Jason is her son, but the characters are clearly defined for the sake of the story and not because they add any value to the story.
Most of the film is pretty predictable. The villain reappears with a new mask and some flashy new gadgets, and the action is predictable as well. The characters are also predictable, with the exception of Fredbear, who acts like a parody of the old "Freddy" cartoons.
Despite the fact that the characters do not have a lot of depth, the overall plot of the movie is done well. The antagonist, Jason, is given a human moment, though the viewer is confused as to what happened between his death and his re-appearance. It would have been nice to know how he was killed, but whatever the case, the ending was satisfying for the fans.
Overall, Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare is an entertaining flick. If you like fast-paced, fast-changing action movies, then this is the movie for you. However, if you are a fan of the older films, you may want to skip this one.