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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 <d-thiel@uiuc.edu>

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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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The exticy of st. Tracia is a sculpture has a look of devine excity from seeing god. It influenced Alice looking up to see angel children who fills her with ecstatic grace and God helps Alice see Freddy as pure evil. Alice lets Freddy see this and the souls being an outside force of the light rip him apart See more »

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(at around 68 mins) When Freddy pushes the bench-press bar back down on Debbie, Debbie's hands change position between shots. See more »

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[first lines]
Alice: Hello.
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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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You shouldn't have buried me, I'm not dead
4 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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.

Apart from WES CRAVEN'S NEW NIGHTMARE (ANOES 7), I believe ANOES 4 is the most superior sequel in the entire franchise and I say this with zeal. Why is that? I can't help but say this film is the most imaginative, clever, and ingenious in the franchise. After all, this is the film that made the most money in the box office, but I'm not saying money equals how good a film is.

The first 20 minutes of this film is quite frustrating to me. I will not spoil it, but it does an ALIEN 3 on you. As the film continued, I stopped getting angry and went along with it. To my surprise, it started to get good. Really good. I believe this sequel focuses the most on characters. It's an ensemble film where the group of teenagers mattered rather than seeing how they will die. I was rather touched in some parts of it because I was not in for some personal scenes dealing with characters and dialogue rather than a dream killer slashing up kids in creative ways.

Even though the franchise is at its fourth film, it's the most creative. There are some really ingenious death scenes here, and one of it is the best in the franchise, in my opinion. You can also tell the budget is bigger because there are more visual effects and more elaborate nightmare sequences. Lisa Wilcox is a newcomer to the franchise among the cast and she does a fine job as the new heroine. Andras Jones, Danny Hassle, and Brooke Theiss are all pretty good in their role. However, Toy Newkirk has to be my favorite character in the entire franchise. She's just so lovable.

I think director Renny Harlin gets a bad rap these days, but I find his movies to be entertaining. I certainly think this film is one of Harlin's better works. ANOES 4 is great because it has the most fleshed out characters in the franchise and because everything is just so well made. If you're a fan of the franchise, this would probably be the last good sequel you'll ever see (apart from ANOES 7).


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