A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master


Director: Renny Harlin
Writers: William Kotzwinkle/Brian Helgeland/Scott Pierce 
Producers: Robert Shaye/Rachel Talalay 
Starring: Robert Englund/Lisa Wilcox/Tuesday Knight/Andras Jones/Toy Newkirk 
Year: 1988
Country: US
BBFC Certification: 18
Duration: 93 minutes

Proving there’s no rest for the wicked, the unspeakably evil Freddy Krueger is again resurrected from the grave to wreak havoc upon those who dare to dream. But this time, he faces a powerful new adversary! As her friends succumb one by one to Freddy’s wrath, telepathically gifted Alice embarks on a desperate mission to destroy the satanic dream stalker and release the tortured souls of his victims once and for all.

“Your wildest dreams come true”

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors really set the bar high as far as the sequels go for this series and I was hoping that A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master would be the same quality as the third movie. Alas, it was not. The story is basically the same as the third minus the psychiatric hospital and with a little twist, basically Freddy is remembered and starts killing in dreams again and Alice must free the tormented teenage souls and to do that, she must kill Freddy. It’s all the same thing done with different characters who aren’t really very interesting with the exception of Alice who was a little interesting when she daydreamed and, of course, Freddy Krueger. The character development goes down the same weak-teens-become-tough road just like the third and first movie which is fine. The acting is mediocre, Tuesday Knight replaces Patricia Arquette as Kristen and Robert Englund is great as Freddy but the rest of the cast were hit and miss. The nightmare sequences are done great and Freddy yet again makes some humorous one-liners before his kills. The direction is okay and the special effects are rather good but this doesn’t beat the first or third, not even close.

I did enjoy this movie, I thought it was a decent watch and an okay addition to the series. However, in saying this, I’m half-and-half with the dark humoured Freddy. Don’t get me wrong, I think Robert Englund did a fantastic job as the villain from your worst nightmares but I think the movies would have been much more better and scarier if they stuck with Freddy being dark and scary just like in the first movie. The first movie is truly a terrifying experience and a horror masterpiece and every horror movie could take a lesson from it but this wasn’t scary in the slightest. The one-liners are a little funny though.

5/10
Very mediocre. It’s not good but I can’t say it’s rubbish either, just average.

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