The Drudgeon reviews A Nightmare On Elm Street 4 – The Dream Master

A Nightmare On Elm Street 4 - The Dream Master 93 min., 1988
Written by Brian Helgeland/Jim Wheat/Ken Wheat
Directed by Renny Harlin
Language: English
My rating: ★★★★

Freddy’s back again, sigh…but wait, this is awesome!

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Number 4 picks up a little after number 3. Everyone has gone back to his or her normal lives. Joey, Kincaid and Kristen are now out of Westin Hills and are now going to school.  Kristen has hooked up with some new friends, Alice (Lisa Wilcox), Sheila (Toy Newkirk), Debbie (Brooke Theiss), and Rick (Andras Jones) who is also her boyfriend. Everything is going fine until Nancy’s house appears in one of Kristen’s dreams causing her to freak out and starts to think that Freddy’s back. A little later Kincaid has a dream in which his dog Jason (ha ha ha) pees on the ground where Freddy’s buried causing him to come back and raise some hell.

The acting is just right from all players involved, but again, Robert Englund takes the cake as Freddy and shows everyone how to have fun with a role. Brooke Theiss (Debbie) plays the tough chick role with a whole lot of extra push that works in her favor, Lisa Wilcox (Alice) pulls off the shy girl, turned bad ass perfectly.

The effects are awesome. From the small to the large ones, but two of the standout scenes are, the cockroach scene and the sucking face. All the effects work and still hold up good by today’s standards, which is really nice to see in any movie.  Few movies from the ’80s can still hold up, but when they do, it shows that they were doing something right. The best scene that is so simple, but extremely effective, is a loop scene with Alice and Dan trying to get to Debbie’s place which is also cut together with the, as said, cockroach scene.

The Dream Master gives Dream Warriors a run for its money, but still falls short because of a few minor glitches that aren’t even worth mentioning. Taking full advantage of the effects of the time and the ability to go crazy in the dreams (except for Rick’s), they try, and succeed on most accounts, to make everything over the top, which was just a whole lotta fun. Was the movie the best Nightmare so far? No, but it is worth a watch, and it is a million times better than number 2. Lots of fun, some good scares, and Freddy being Freddy make for a great Nightmare in my book.

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I don't remember my real name or where I came from. All I know is that I'm traped in an underground cave with nothing but a TV, DVD player and a notebook and pen. They keep calling me The Drudgeon, I don't even know what that means. Someone keeps dropping horror movies in and yelling at me to watch them and write about what I watch. Then I eat the DVD and case, because they tell me if I consume the horror I will understand the horror. I think there are three of them. So if you are reading this right now, HELP ME!!!!!!! OUCH!!!! Someone just poked me with a sea urchin attacked to a pool cue, what the fuck is going on?
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