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Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master 1988

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Freddy Kreuger (Robert Englund) resurrects--hideously scarred--and returns to haunt the dreams of the teenaged children of the people who lynched him. It's just a nightmare ...

Starring:
John Beckman, Kisha Brackel
Runtime:
1 hour, 33 minutes

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Genres Thriller, Horror
Director Renny Harlin
Starring John Beckman, Kisha Brackel
Supporting actors Brooke Bundy, Wanda Bursey, Hope Marie Carlton, Kristen Clayton, Duane Davis, Rodney Eastman, Robert Englund, Richard Garrison, Danny Hassel, Andras Jones, Tuesday Knight, Jeff Levine, Joanna Lipari, Joie Magidow, Jacquelyn Masche, Nicholas Mele, Robert Shaye, Jody Montana
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format: DVD
This review refers to the edition found in New Line Cinema's "The Nightmare on Elm Street Collection" boxed set.

THE WHO'S WHO: Starring Robert Englund, Rodney Eastman, Danny Hassel, Andras Jones, Tuesday Knight, Ken Sagoes, Lisa Wilcox, Brooke Bundy, Nicholas Mele, Toy Newkirk, Brooke Theiss, Hope Marie Carlton, Linnea Quigley. Freddy Krueger Makeup By Kevin Yagher. Score Composed By Craig Safan. Co-Produced By Robert Shaye. Co-Produced By Rachel Talalay. Directed By Renny Harlin. (R) For Violence, Mild Gore, Profanity, Brief Nudity and Very Mild Sexual Content; 93m.; 1988.

WHAT'S GOING ON IN HERE?: The last of the original Elm Street kids thought they buried the nightmare that was Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund). But it's hard to keep pure evil down, and Freddy once again rises from the grave to invade the dreams of Springwood's children. However, with only three kids remaining (Kristen, Joey and Kincaid from "Nightmare 3"), Freddy needs to find a way to reach out and touch the souls of all the untapped children whose parents weren't a part of Krueger's mortal murder. Through Kristen, Freddy gains access to Alice Johnson's (Lisa Wilcox) dreams and opens up a whole new nightmarish world of possibilities. Director Renny Harlin ("Die Hard 2", "Cliffhanger") brings a lot of flair to this third "Nightmare" sequel which securely picks up where "Dream Warriors" left off. The lame, almost miscast Patricia Arquette is gone from the role of Kristen Parker. Replacing her is the highly commendable (not to mention extraordinarily cute) Tuesday Knight who also performs the opening song to this movie. Returning cast members Ken Sagoes and (particularly) Rodney Eastman have matured comfortably in their roles as Kincaid and Joey respectively.
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While things may have become a little predictable by the time of the fourth Freddy film, I think this is a great movie; it is certainly an important one because it serves as a necessary transition between the early films and the later sequels. After all, the supply of Elm Street kids borne of Freddy's killers is limited; there are only three such kids still alive as this movie begins, and if there's one thing Freddy hates it's a survivor. Once these last three are gone, what is Freddy going to do? This film answers that question. It also delivers some deliciously creative deaths and witty repartee a la Krueger. It bolsters and redefines the balance between what has been and what will be, keeping the series fresh while maintaining the overall continuity. The very focus of the action completely changes midway through the film, something you would never see in many a horror film or series.
I think the film starts off very effectively, wisely holding off on the introduction of Freddy until such time as the audience has settled in to the story. This is particularly important because one of the three returning survivors from the previous film, Kristen, is now played by Tuesday Knight rather than Patricia Arquette. Kristen is crucial to this film because she has the power to pull other people into her nightmares, and this serves as the conduit for Freddy's reappearance. The physical manifestation of Freddy's rebirth is quite memorable, informing us of one special liquid that obviously nullifies the power of holy water.
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A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master continues off of the relativly popular Elm Street 3. The survivors of part 3 make brief, but notible appearence in this movie. Sadly, Patricia Arquette did not return to reprise her role as Kristen. However, Tuesday Knight plays the role respectfully. Adding the appearence of the former Dream Warriors adds a much enjoyable sense of continuity to the storyline. As all the Nightmare movies tend to do, we are introduced to a new group of kids who have the unfortunate luck of living in Springwood. However, since Kristen soon becomes the last surviving Elm Street kid, Freddy is out of a job unless he can somehow reach more kids. He forces young Kristen to bring shy new character, Alice, into her dream. Soon, Alice is bestowed with Kristen's ability to bring people into her dreams. Freddy jumps from kid to kid and begins the hell he usually causes. Like part 3, this movie's death scenes are elaborate and more fancy than part 1 & 2's simple slashings. The movie manages to take a select few new characters and build them up just long enough for them to run into Freddy. Sadly, the under-developed co-stars are the ones who survive the battle.
Overall, the story line is about a good as you can expect from a horror sequel. A movie made at the peek of Freddy-fever, this movie manages to entertain with a more lighthearted Freddy. The actors do a decent job and the 80's music adds a sense of nostalgia for anyone over the age of 15.
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Okay, seriously people. Get over the fact that this movie decided to do something different stylistically. I'm glad Renny Harlin took a different approach particularly since I'm really not that big a fan of the third. (Although to say that is something of herecy in the nigtmare community.)

Yes, Tuesday is an awful actress, and watching her is painful. But hey, Patricia Arquette was busy and it makes it all the more pleasureable to watch her get burned alive. That's really the only downside to this movie. This is my favorite Nightmare film. Before you get all defensive Nightmare fans, let me explain!-

First of all, the whole scary thing just isn't going to work anymore. We know what Freddy looks like. It's not a shock to see him anymore. Harlin's use of making Freddy the hero and delivering comedy was perfect to add entertainment to the movie without going too far over the camp line.

Yeah, so a lot of people think this movie makes no sense. Ugh...are you serious people? As horror movie fans, are we really that limited in our ability to appreciate the abstract? I am so sick of people saying "I don't get it! Why does she get her friends powers? Why is it so weird?" Okay, I will admit the end with the mirror thing is pretty random, but Alice is the Dream Master. (Uh, thats why its titled that, people.) She's Freddy's opposite and its her job to protect the dreaming from Freddy, so she has this natural power to control her dreams and use the powers of her friends against him. Personally, I thought the change Alice undergoes was pretty cool.

Harlin also does a great job of giving us a dark trippy universe that is perfect for Freddy's Nightmares, and the transition of story line from the Elm Street kids to Alice is smoother than you would expect.
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