A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

Director: Renny Harlin

Writers: Wes Craven

William Kotzwinkle

Brian Helgeland

Jim & Ken Wheat

Tagline: You shouldn’t have buried me, I’m not dead

Plot: Freddy Krueger returns once again to terrorize the dreams of the remaining Dream Warriors, as well as those of a young woman who may know the way to defeat him for good.

Cast: Lisa Wilcox – Alice Johnson

Andras Jones – Rick Johnson

Danny Hassel – Dan Jordan

Rodney Eastman – Joey Crusel

Tuesday Knight – Kristen Parker

Review:

Nightmare on Elm Street week continues with A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master! After being “put to rest” in the previous part, Freddy is back to kill the remaining Dream Warriors and some “fresh meat”. Our main female character in this one is Alice Johnson, a girl who comes from a troubled family and has problems with day dreaming. Alice, just like Kristen from Dream Warriors, has some special powers, which could help her kill Freddy.

Dream Master easily follows the direction in which Dream Warriors, as a movie, went. So this part is also full with hilarious quotes, Freddy’s funny one-liners and innovative kills. Correct me if I’m wrong but I think Dream Master has the greatest number of deaths in the whole series so far and all of them are surely the movie’s most memorable moments. I think it’s needless to say that Freddy lost his horror aspect entirely in this sequel. Now he rather looks like a stand up comedian, which isn’t bad at all because it depends on what do you expect from this movie. Similar to Dream Warriors, if you want to watch a serious horror, better skip Dream Master but if you are interested in watching a simply fun movie, you go for it. This sequel also offers much more amusing characters than the ones from it’s predecessor. Although character development is utterly bad, I couldn’t predict who would survive and who would die so some scenes and “twists” (if you can call them that way) were “shocking” to me.

Despite Dream Warriors had less interesting characters and many flaws, it still is a better movie than Dream Master. This one simply won’t entertain you enough if you’re not a Nightmare on Elm Street fan. It has an average story, bad acting, interesting kills and some funny moments and that’s it. Similar to the Dream Warriors, Dream Master had a script that had potential but failed in making it a more amusing movie, which would appeal to everyone. It’s very easy to compare them: they are pretty much the same because of all the similarities they have. Dream Warriors, however, made something new and innovative in the series. On the other hand Dream Master simply follows that formula. Furthermore, don’t expect anything special from Alice’s power, which I mentioned in the review’s introduction, they were just somehow useless. Oh yeah! I forgot to mention that the movie has a terrible ending. It is almost as bad as the one in Freddy’s Revenge, which left me really disappointed, and if it had been different I would have surely given Dream Master a better rating. While Dream Warriors was good from start to end, Dream Master had lot of ups and downs and generally it’s a worse movie than its predecessor.

My Rating: 5/10… Dream Warriors is slightly better. Better check that one out.


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