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

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"Following up the previous Nightmare film, dream demon Freddy Krueger is resurrected from his apparent demise, and rapidly tracks down and kills the remainder of the Elm Street kids. However, Kristen (who can draw others into her dreams) wills her special ability to her friend Alice. Alice soon realizes that Freddy is taking advantage of that unknown power to pull a new group of children into his foul domain."

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Review Date: 30 September 2005 My Rating: out of 5


This fourth film in the series was released just as Freddy hit his peak, making it the most successful movie in the series.

The premise sees survivors of part three Kristen (this time played by Tuesday Knight), Joey and Kincaid once again faced with the prospect of dying in their dreams.

Freddy who has now disposed of all but three of the Elm Street kids, tricks Kristen into bringing him some fresh meat in the form of the shy and awkward Alice, and the carnage continues.

This film took the dream sequences to a new high with plenty imaginative death scenes and a nice little character arc for our heroine. I also liked the fact that Alice was a daydreamer, and this is how Freddy got to his intended victims.

Freddy did begin to become a little too funny here, but there were always moments tinged with terror, when he would stop laughing and get down to some serious slaughter.

People with asthma and a fear of cockroaches will undoubtedly be far more affected than those whose don't suffer from either condition, but you'll still have fun with it.

A welcome addition to the series goes all out on effects and hits its peak in the process.

Reviewer: Josh Winning @horrorasylum
Review Date: 31 October 2001 My Rating: out of 5

Nightmare , in my eyes, is another dud in the series. I can't understand at all why a series that promised to be something so wonderful and truly genius - especially with such an original and interesting concept - has turned out to be such an uninspired mess of bad actors and silly plot-lines. You can most probably already tell that I didn't think much of this movie, so I'll get to the point why.

No one, that means no one, should replace their main female star. Kristen was played perfectly by Patricia Arquette in Nightmare , but now (most probably because Arquette recognised how rubbish the script was) she has been replaced by the awful doesn't-even-midly-resemble-Arquette Tuesday Knight (boy, her parents must've had a real laugh naming her!) who was the epitome of tack, and didn't hand in a single decent scene the entire movie through. I don't know why New Line didn't just leave this project to rot when Arquette refused to reprise her role - it would have been far bolder than to create this mess. The idea of Kristen pulling people into her dreams was played skillfully and poetically in Part , but here it feels extremely old and tired, which is a shame and marrs its originality.

Another thing that really annoyed me about this movie was the atrocious acting. When will producers of Horror movies realise that just because a teenage actor comes cheap it doesn't mean they are good at what they do - it means they are bad at what they do. And another thing that annoys me about the producers; they always overlook reason and logic simply to make another sequel. Wasn't Freddy ultimately destroyed in Part ? If so, how can he possibly be back for this, the fourth?

Despite all these negative things, Nightmare does have a few (and I use that word loosely) saving graces that don't make the time spent watching it an utter waste. The final half an hour is actually well-filmed and makes an interesting watch. The effects in the final battle between Alice and Freddy are breath-taking as all of the souls that Freddy has tortured rip free from his body. There is also a stunning death scene in which a victim's skin peels away, making her become a fly - the ultimate nightmare! I really wish that the whole movie could have kept the kind of tone that the final half an hour had. It's just a shame that it took an hour and ten minutes to get going properly.

It's obvious that this movie came out when Horror was having its major down-ward-spiral-into-hell phase in the late 's, and although Nightmare does have some interesting scenes, they are all outweighed by the mind-numbingly bad ones. This is a movie that should never have been made. Ever.

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