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

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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.



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Following up the previous Nightmare film, the dream demon Freddy Krueger is resurrected from his apparent demise, and rapidly tracks down and kills all three of the surviving Elm Street kids. However, Kristen (who has the ability to draw others into her dreams) wills her special ability to her friend Alice before her demise. Afterwords, Alice soon realizes that Freddy is taking advantage of that unknown power she now wields to pull a new group of teenage children into his foul domain. Written by David Thiel <d-thiel@uiuc.edu>

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Release Date:

19 August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pesadilla en la calle del infierno 4  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)


$49,369,900 (USA)

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Did You Know?


First film in the series where Robert Englund receives top billing in the opening credits. See more »


(at around 7 mins) In the beginning when Kristen is driving to Alice's house, the crew and some onlookers are clearly visible at the end of the street. They can be seen just below the rear-view mirror. See more »


[first lines]
Alice: Hello.
Kristen Parker: Do you live here?
Alice: Nobody lives here.
Kristen Parker: Where's Freddy?
Alice: Heh, heh. He's not home.
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Crazy Credits

(c) MCMLXXXVIII the 4th elm street adventure (information at the end of the credits on the 1999 DVD ultimate collectors box set) See more »


Are You Ready For Freddy?
Performed by The Fat Boys and Robert Englund
(played during end credits)
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One of the best - highly imaginative!
18 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

"Nightmare on Elm Street 4" is one of the best entries in the series. Okay, the first is considered a classic, maybe because it had a feeling of poetic surrealism that is indeed lost here. But, come on, it is the FOURTH Freddy film, did you REALLY expect it to be scary? Freddy delivers indeed too many puns, however some of them actually hit the mark. After all, the quality of a slasher film doesn't depend exclusively on how "serious" and "vicious" the killer is - he was more serious in "Part 2", which was an embarrassment, he was less serious in "Part 3", which was an imaginative, entertaining film. As for "Part 4", it has way-above-average acting, a polished look (just compare it to some early "Friday The 13th" cheapies) and some gruesome, stunning visual effects. Above all, the movie exploits more possibilities about the links between reality and dreams than the "classic" original did. It is worth seeing.

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