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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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19 August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pesadilla en la calle del infierno 4  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$49,369,900 (USA)
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Trivia

Oscar-winning screenwriter Brian Helgeland was hired to write the film after being recommended by Robert Englund, for whom he penned the screenplay to Englund's directorial debut 976-EVIL. The film had a release date set but no script or director, and Helgeland was hired under the condition that he could deliver the script within seven days. He was advised by New Line head Robert Shaye that if the script came in a day late, they didn't want it. Helgeland then flew home to Massachusetts for Christmas and wrote the script sitting at his father's kitchen table. He FedExed the finished screenplay back to Los Angeles and made his deadline. Based on this script, director Renny Harlin signed on, and the film marks Helgeland's first screen credit. Though 976-EVIL was his first produced screenplay, it was released after A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. See more »

Goofs

When Rick and Dan are walking up to the Kruger house you can see the film crew trucks parked on the street. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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References Alice in Wonderland (1951) See more »

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Pride and Joy
Written by Joe Lamont, Jon Lucas
Performed by Joe Lamont
Produced by Sounds of Film Music
(played on JukeBox at the diner)
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(The story of) how Freddy got too much screen time
28 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It gets as worse as it remains in next parts from these part, too much time for Freddy on the screen (with bad jokes), stupid killings and mindless plot. As always, Rennys style to shoot is quite childish and way too brutal. This is best of his directions I've seen but not quite convincing. There's much more 80's music and dancing scenes (like in Footloose and such 80's musical movies) than any other parts of A Nightmare on Elm Street series. The best part is when nearly every main character from previous movie was killed (because they were quite irritating). Also even the first part was kind of brutal (wich I liked) this one goes too far; its kind of childish. Also plot is quite stupid, Freddy has been buried 3 times before this and even still he terrorizes kids dreams. And his recovering story isn't even good or clever. There is also some lazy things like first deaths; earlier only way you could die in dreams and real life in same time was that Freddy killed you with certain way and then you don't for example burn in real life, your body is just burn but don't burn like you could see it in real life. Now those deaths and ways to die come to real life and also real life and dreams/nightmares mixes together. This movie is little bit unfinished.


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