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

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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Kisha Brackel ...
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Wanda Bursey ...
Friend in Mourning
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Little Girl
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Jock
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Richard Garrison ...
Danny Hassel ...
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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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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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$49,369,900 (USA)
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Trivia

Reportedly, Renny Harlin's original version of the film was considered to be "too campy and ridiculous" by New Line Cinema, which is why some cuts were made on the film before theatrical release. Harlin's original cut had an alternate score and many deleted and extended scenes. These included more scenes with Kristen, including a nightmare scene in which she is chased by Freddy soon after he killed Joey and Kincaid, and an extended version of the beach scene where Freddy's shadow is touching and burning her with sunburns. Small parts of both of these scenes can be seen in US and foreign trailers for the film, and there are also some stills showing the extended beach scene. There was also an additional nightmare scene with Alice dreaming that her father turns into Freddy. It is believed by fans who first discovered these missing scenes that Harlin's original version is lost. Only the original script has all the deleted scenes. See more »

Goofs

(at around 44 mins) After Sheila smears the blood on her paper, it's wet. But in the next shot the blood stain is dried and has changed formation. 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 »

Connections

Followed by Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Be Afraid Of Your Dreams
Performed by Go West
Written by Mike Piccirillo
Produced by Mike Piccirillo
Published by Sounds of Film Music/Lygon St. Music (BMI)
(played on 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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