A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 - The Dream Master (1988)
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as Freddy Krueger
as Alice Johnson
as Dan Jordan
as Joey Crusel
as Kristen's Mother
as Waterbed Bunny
as Little Girl
as Soul from Freddy's Chest
as Joey's Mom
as Buddy in Locker Room
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Critic Reviews for A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 - The Dream Master
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.
Audience Reviews for A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 - The Dream Master
After being scared to death by Freddy in the first and third movie, I was expecting more sleepless nights with watching this film, but no, not really. He's still uber creepy, but also quite funny. It was a strange mixture of the two, but it's hard for me not to be scared of him, so I guess it's understandable. Mixed feelings on this movie, but I'm glad it wasn't so scary, and I was able to enjoy it.
I actually really enjoyed this 4th installment of the Elm street films. Tuesday Knight resumes Patricia Arquette's role of Kristen. Actually, I know I will be in the minority, but I preferred her. No, not a great actress, but her appearance fit well with the silliness here. Comments that this is more video game than movie are fair, but the effects are pretty well done in a cheesy 80's way. This coming from someone who isn't generally impressed by effects. The waterbed scene alone is excellent. And kind of funny.
An ultra-stylish, guilty-pleasure sequel with a multi-layered character arc for the female protagonist who can tranpose interlopers into her dreams. Alice must mature from a shy, introverted side character to an impregnable warrior who can finally vanquish the culprit responsible for the deaths of her friends (and her wide-eyed naivete). Freddy has succumb to macabre one-liners and MTV-generation swagger (like a demonic James Dean), but, considering the prolific series, he cannot remain a frightening mystery forever.
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