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

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Wes Craven and Bruce Wagner came upon with a concept for this film that involved time travel through dreams. However, producers Robert Shaye and Sara Risher felt that this was too high a concept for a Nightmare On Elm Street sequel and didn't think it fit the formula that Craven created with the first film.
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Highest grossing slasher film of the 1980s.
Patricia Arquette, who played Kristen in the third part of the series, could not reprise her role here in the fourth movie because she was pregnant during filming.
The name of the diner where Alice works is called the "Crave Inn", a reference to series creator Wes Craven.
Not only did actor Tuesday Knight co-star in the film, she performed the theme song.
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This was the highest-grossing entry in the Elm Street series (not counting Freddy vs. Jason (2003)). It earned $49 million in the US.
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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.
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First film in the series where Robert Englund receives top billing in the opening credits.
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The scene where Alice and Rick are watching home videos was a last minute addition. In an interview with Andras Jones he stated that because of the writers strike and because of Renny Harlin's poor English, he and Lisa Wilcox wrote their own dialogue for it.
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In the scene where Kristen is in the hospital after hitting her head; when the nurse changes into Freddy and he had the vials of blood in his right hand, one of the vials (the one closest to the camera) says "Englund" - the last name of the actor who plays Freddy.
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In a brief classroom scene, Alice and fellow students are lectured on the philosophy on dreams. The teacher giving the lecture is played by series producer and New Line Cinema CEO Robert Shaye.
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A magazine can be seen in Kristen's room that has a picture of Johnny Depp, who starred in the original 'Nightmare on Elm Street, A (1984)' film and had a brief cameo in the sixth film of the series, Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991).
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The highest grossing horror film and the highest grossing film for New Line of its year.
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The character of Roland Kincaid has a poster of The Hills Have Eyes (1977) on his bedroom wall. This is a nod to series creator Wes Craven who directed The Hills Have Eyes (1977).
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When Dan and Alice go to the hospital, there is an announcement on the PA requesting a Dr. Shaye, a reference to Robert Shaye, producer of the series and CEO of New Line Cinema.
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According to Annette Benson, the Casting Director, over 600 actresses auditioned for the role of Alice.
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The sandcastle form of the Elm Street House is visible on freeze-frame before it explodes.
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Kincade's dog is named Jason, a possible nod to the Friday the 13th slasher films where the slasher's name is Jason Vorhees. What makes this rather interesting is in this movie Jason (the dog) brings Freddy back to life where in Freddy Vs. Jason, Freddy brings Jason back to life.
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The only film of the series to have a song in the opening credits. Also the first to have a rap song in the ending credits.
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The two gravestones visible behind Kristen Parker's and Roland Kincaid's are for Donald & Nancy Thompson, characters from A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987).
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Ellie Cornell auditioned for the role of Alice.
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Dutch director Dick Maas was offered to helm the project. But he had to decline due to scheduling conflicts with his thriller Amsterdamned.
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When Alice goes into the theater, there is a poster for Reefer Madness II: The True Story (1985), New Line Cinema's first success, as well as a poster for Hairspray (1988).
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Also on the background wall of the theatre entrance, there is a poster of Renny Harlin's previous movie Prison (1987).
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The first film "Nightmare on Elm Street" series in which the end credits rolled instead of appearing in a slide show.
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The use of chains in the boiler rooms may be an homage to Hellraiser.
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Tibor Takács was offered to direct, but didn't took the job because the shooting would have started in couple of weeks.
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Renny Harlin:  a student in a classroom.
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