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

Posted in Horror Review, Nightmare on Elm Street week with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2010 by Pass the Popcorn!

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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A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

Posted in Horror Review, Nightmare on Elm Street week with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2010 by Pass the Popcorn!

Director: Chuck Russell

Writers: Wes Craven

Bruce Wagner

Frank Darabont

Chuck Russell

Tagline: Freddy’s just around the corner…

Plot: As Freddy Krueger continues his murdering, the kids, led by Freddie’s main opponent in the first film, prepare to fight back.

Cast: Heather Langenkamp – Nancy Thompson

Craig Wasson – Neil Gordon

Patricia Arquette – Kristen Parker

Robert Englund – Freddy Krueger

Ken Sagoes – Kincaid

Review:

We start our Nightmare on Elm Street week with the third part of the series, which is named Dream Warriors. First of all, I have to say all reviews made during this week are dedicated to my dear friend Ydolon who introduced me furthermore to the Elm Street series. Now back to the review. Dream Warriors is the directing debut of Chuck Russell (he is famous for directing The Blob remake and The Mask) and I must say I’m satisfied with his work on this movie (it is also important to mention that Frank Darabont, the famous director, was one of the writers).

One of the best things in Dream Warriors is that the actress Heather Langenkamp is back as Nancy Thompson. Although I didn’t like her very much in the original Nightmare, it was nice to see her reprising the role that made her famous. Her comeback was surely one of the movie’s highlights. After the events, which occurred in the first part, she became a psychiatrist specialized in dream therapy who works in a local hospital with children who also have problems with Freddy. All of those children have some sort of powers and abilities in their dreams and with their help Nancy decides to get rid of Krueger once and for all. In addition to the plot summary, which sounds interesting by itself, Dream Warriors is a much better movie than A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. Apart from being an infamous serial killer, Freddy’s personality changed slightly. He became an even more likeable character with all those funny one liners and interesting kills, that was an excellent improvement. Besides that, we learn something about his background, to be more precise: that he is the bastard son of 100 maniacs. Besides all that, this sequel features some very creepy/weird special effects and a catchy nurzery rhyme, which perfectly fits the movie’s atmosphere.

Although Dream Warrior is better than the 2nd part it is still much worse than the original A Nightmare on Elm Street. I think that the script writing could have been a little more advanced because the “dream fighting” idea had huge potential but during the movie it all just feels somehow undeveloped. Speaking of undeveloped, some characters were pretty useless, they were just free kills (but I guess that just works that way in average sequels of classic slashers :D). And by the way, dont’ expect this movie to be scary at all, it does have some minor horror elements but they are nothing more than pure fun. Even though I said many positive things about Dream Warriors, I found it to be nothing special. It is still just your average slasher sequel, which is stupidly amazing (or amazingly stupid – you chose :] ).

My Rating: 6/10… A fun movie you’ll probably enjoy.