A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 - The Dream Master (1988)
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This fourth trip down Freddy Lane was the most successful at the box-office, but although it has some impressive visuals, it is mostly an empty film. Credit must go to the effects team for some fine work, but otherwise, this entry from the director of Cutthroat Island (Renny Harlin) is extremely weak. Roland Kincaid falls asleep and awakens in the Springwood junkyard, where his dog -- named "Jason" in a sad foreshadowing of the film's giggly tone -- pees fire on Freddy's grave. The pyro-urinary
Aug 19, 1988 Wide
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Robert Englund, receiving star billing for the first time, is delightful in his frequent incarnations as Freddy, delivering his gag lines with relish and making the grisly proceedings funny.
While some of the monotonous effects are strikingly surreal, Harlin's direction creates an atmosphere which is more morbid than scary.
Though the Elm Street series contains the most intelligent premise in current genre films, none of the movies take much advantage of their potential.
As always, the teen actors are disposable, and even Robert Englund seems to be sleepwalking through Freddy.
The lesser of the "Nightmare" sequels, but serviceable more surreal one nevertheless...
Surprisingly watchable for the third sequel and despite its general predictability it's entertainingly inventive.
With each entry, the films become more removed from their source. Freddy just isn't scary anymore.
Not counting 1994's Wes Craven's New Nightmare, it's superior to all the other later sequels in the series.
Fun, but not a shade on the earlier Elm Street flicks
The new comedy version of Freddy...
As the series drags on, the inventiveness of murders decreases slightly but Freddy's humor continues to entertain.
Bottomless grab-bag from the 80s TV subconscious, riffing on Jaws, Karate Kid, and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, with a palette that would make Joel Schumacher queasy
Renny Harlin's finest moment. That should tell you something.
Not much to see here except for the occasional '80s big hairdo and some decent gore shots.
A good sequel in the series directed by trash auteur Renny Harlin with just the right flair.
Despite Robert Englund's cheerful ghoulishness, there is nothing about Freddy Kreuger that justifies his iconic status... as this dismal sequel demonstrates.
The major downfall of the Elm Street series. Turned Freddy into a joke. A bad joke, at that.
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- Kincaid: See you in Hell!
- Freddy Krueger: Tell them Freddy sent you [kills Kincaid] 1, down, 2 to go.
- Freddy Krueger: Welcome to Wonderland, Alice.
- Freddy Krueger: How's this for a wet dream?
- Freddy Krueger: You can check in, but you can't check out.
- Freddy Krueger: If the food don't kill ya, the service will.
- Freddy Krueger: (after killing Kincaid) One down. Two to go.
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