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

R | | Horror | 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 be able to defeat him for good.

Director:

Renny Harlin

Writers:

Wes Craven (character), William Kotzwinkle (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Beckman John Beckman ... Coach
Kisha Brackel Kisha Brackel ... Friend
Brooke Bundy ... Elaine
Wanda Bursey Wanda Bursey ... Friend in Mourning
Hope Marie Carlton ... Pin Up Girl
Kristen Clayton ... Little Girl
Duane Davis ... Jock
Rodney Eastman ... Joey
Robert Englund ... Freddy Krueger
Richard Garrison Richard Garrison ... Doctor
Danny Hassel Danny Hassel ... Dan
Andras Jones ... Rick
Tuesday Knight ... Kristen
Jeff Levine Jeff Levine ... Paramedic
Joanna Lipari ... Nurse
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Storyline

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 Parker (who has the ability to draw others into her dreams) wills her special ability to her new best friend Alice Johnson before her demise. Afterwards, she 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. Can Alice embrace her new power to finally defeat Freddy or is it already too late? Written by David Thiel <d-thiel@uiuc.edu>

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Trivia

(At around one hour and thirteen minutes) 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 franchise, and CEO of New Line Cinema. See more »

Goofs

(at around 27 mins) When Kristen is talking to the real nurse after bumping her head, her hand is on her head in the wide shot but not in the close-up. 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

A text before the opening credits reads as follows: "When deep sleep falleth on men, fear came apon me. And trembling which made all my bones to shake" -Job IV, 13-14 See more »

Alternate Versions

The dialogue from the film playing inside the movie theater when Alice first walks in and sits down can be heard in the original theatrical version and on earlier VHS editions, but the dialogue has been dubbed out from later VHS and DVD releases so that you can only hear the background piano music instead. The missing audio can be heard on Blu-ray if you select the "English Original Theatrical" audio track, but is missing from the "English DTS-HD Master Audio" track. Oddly enough, if you play the film with the closed captions or subtitles features, the dialogue will still appear on screen, even though nobody can be heard talking. The missing dialogue is as follows:
  • Man: See ya, Alvin.
  • Boy: Hey, he ain't no paper man.
  • Girl: Why, don't you know him? That's "Hot Fingers" Curly.
  • Boy: Boy, he really swings out hoppin' with a jive. You want to dance?
  • Girl: Do I?
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Connections

Follows A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Baula Baula
(Dance Version Mix)
Performed by Girl Talk
(played in school parking lot after first dream sequence)
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27 December 2018 | by popculturethoughtsSee all my reviews

Although it's aged poorly and has lost much of its sheen over the years, this fourth entry in the blockbuster series definitely has its moments. There are a variety of fascinating and well-executed set pieces that rank as some of the series-best, like the waterbed sequence and the Roach Motel attack scene, and its characters are surprisingly likable and engaging. Tuesday Knight, reprising Patricia Arquette's role from the previous entry, doesn't have Arquette's magnetic severity but everyone else seems comfortable in their roles. Thirty years following its release, it's impossible not to notice that the movie often plays like it was shot for television, but the crackerjack climax is worth the admission price on its own.


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Official Sites:

Nightmare On Elm Street

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,833,403, 21 August 1988

Gross USA:

$49,369,899

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$49,369,899
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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