Despite being written by longtime series producer Michael DeLuca and directed by series vet Rachel Talalay, Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare essentially hits the reset button on the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. The results, though frequently bizarre, do little to rescucitate the ailing bogeyman, however. Deeply influenced by Twin Peaks, Freddy's Dead offers a strongly Lynchian brand of oddness in its first half, particularly during a trip to a virtually abandoned, childless small town devastated by Freddy. But once the dream killings start, it's pretty much business as usual, although DeLuca and Talay seem to be savoring the absurdity brought on by later entries' excess. One video game-themed sequence in particular is too much of a self-parody to not be self-conscious. Still, it doesn't make for a particularly compelling film, unaided by a 3-D climax that looks no more impressive at home than it did in the theaters.