8 Movie Franchises That Continued Long After Their “Final” Chapter
8. Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
New Line Cinema milked the hell out of Freddy once he became an icon; in addition to endless sequels he had a TV show, albums, a video game, and even toys for kids. They turned him from terrifying bogeyman into a mugging joke, so when the box office receipts turned bad they decided to end it with the sixth movie.
Freddy's Dead would not prove to be a fitting end; it was an obnoxious Twin Peaks/John Waters wannabe, with terrible pop culture references – think of the infamous Power Glove gag – and distracting cameos from Johnny Depp and Roseanne. The scene where Freddy taunts a deaf teen was surprisingly creepy, and a gag with an endless map was fun but otherwise, it was a mess.
The studio promised the movie was the definitive end of Freddy...until they brought Wes Craven back to direct another one a few years later. In fairness, New Nightmare is an underrated gem and a perfect commentary on the genre.
Later there was the silly but fun Freddy Vs Jason, and the lamentable A Nightmare On Elm Street remake in 2010.