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

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  19 August 1988 (USA)
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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 <>

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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)


$49,369,900 (USA)

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After the success of the film many films tried to cash in on Elm Street like Bad Dreams (1988), Brainscan (1994) and The Monster (1993). See more »


(at around 38 mins) During Freddy's first meeting with Alice, he motions to her and says. "Alice, come to Daddy!" but his mouth doesn't match. 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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(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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My favorite Nightmare!
28 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While this may not be the scariest movie ever made, its still entertaining, even after the 130th viewing. Thats the most important thing to me. By the time the audience gets to Nightmare 4 or Friday 6, they know the rules, they know the killer, so its not likely they will get scared. Might as well make for an enjoyable film with the things they came to see: bodies piling up, their favorite slasher and teens doing unbelievably stupid things that allows them to yell at the screen in protest! The special effects are superb and still hold up, the story continues nicely with the third, unlike the second, which the franchise steered clear from. The surviving Elm Street trio, Kristen, Kincaid and Joey are back and along with them are the most likable characters in horror movie history. See, NOES films were always good about having characters you actually cared about. It makes their deaths more harsh. The deaths, while not all that bloody are some of the more memorable ones. Nightmare on Elm Street 4 is a great edition to the already awesome original and part 3 (again lets not mention the dreaded 2nd film).

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