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

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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.


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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


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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Release Date:

19 August 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pesadilla en la calle del infierno 4 See more »


Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,833,403, 21 August 1988

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The only film of the franchise to have a song in the opening credits. Also the first to have a rap song in the ending credits. See more »


The scene where Kristen is in the quick sand one frame you see her arm reached up and her head is completely covered but in the next scene you can see some of her hair. 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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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 UK cinema version was cut by 56 secs to delete footage of nunchakus from two scenes, and the cuts were expanded to 1 min 7 secs for the video release. The cuts were fully restored in the 15 rated 2001 DVD. See more »


Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »


In The Flesh
Written by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein
Performed by Blondie
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User Reviews

A decent good sequel much better slasher than the critics have stated Lisa Wilcox is the best heroine of the 80's ever
7 October 2018 | by rambofan4lifeSee all my reviews

Lisa Wilcox is the best heroine of the 80's ever. I have enjoyed this film much more than the critics have stated. I love this film to death it is definitely in my top 5 best "Elm Street" series, It is one of my personal favorite slasher horror movies. It is my number 4 favorite "A Nightmare on Elm Street" movie and my all time favorite slasher film in the horror genre. Not a bad slasher everyone is saying. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood should have learn from this movie because I have enjoyed this movie way more as slasher than stupid Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood that sucked!

Lisa Wilcox as Alice Johnson wasn't winning like some little girl who lost her doll like Lar Park-Lincoln as Tina Shepard did, who was so beyond annoying in that movie that I have turned it off. Lar Park-Lincoln sucks!

This movie kicks-ass and Alice Johnson is a likable character a bad-ass heroine who saved all those kids from Freddy she wasn't winning and stupid like Tina (from Friday the 13th part 7) she try to prevent Freddy hurting anyone else. A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master was this time directed by Renny Harlin who directed Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger, Deep Blue Sea, Mindhunters, The Long Kiss Goodnight. The director directed well this movie he know what he was doing and I have enjoy this movie so much. The movie is mixed with action, horror and it is a supernatural slasher flick. The resurrection scene for Freddy (Robert Englund) was bad-ass, excellent in which Jason the dog resurrected him back from the dead. In the movie Freddy vs. Jason, Freddy resurrected Jason back to life. Robert Englund's performance as Freddy Krueger is still creepy and terrifying, I have enjoyed Robert's performance as "The Springwood Slasher". The death scene are still good gore not as Part 3 had the best kills this movie has solid kills.

Lisa Wilcox is brilliant and the best heroine of the 80's ever as Alice Johnson. Alice is the Dream Master, the protector and controller of good dreams is excellent heroine. Alice is a shy, lovely teenager with a widowed alcoholic father gradually gathers the courage to assert herself in taking on Freddy and in the process wins the love of the handsomest boy (Danny Hassel) in her school. I love love the actress so much even in the sequel The Dream Child because her character was never killed off. She is my second favorite heroine in the "Elm Street" series the first one will be Nancy Thompson. I love Lisa Wilcox performance so much

Tuesday Knight was beautiful and good as Kristen Parker who replaced Patricia Arquette because she was pregnant at the time and her agent wanted more money so New Line Cinema refused and Tuesday Knight replaced the actress. I have enjoyed Patricia Arquette as teen more in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors but Tuesday Knight was so good that she even wrote a song for this movie Nightmare and I love it. Her iconic cult classic song "Nightmare" is heard in the opening credits of 1988's.

The movie has such a good soundtracks: Don't Be Afraid Of Your Dreams by Go west, Anything, Anything by Dramarama, Back To The Wall by Divinyls, Are You Ready For Freddy? The Fat Boys and Robert Englund and of course Nightmare by Tuesday Knight the best song ever.

I also love Andras Jones as Rick brother of Alice I love the guy. It is been 30 year anniversary and no one talks about this film. I miss movies like this today it is my personal favorite horror slasher film I have enjoy it more than A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge, Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, It Follows, It (2017), A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) the remake, The Hitcher (2007) remake, New Nightmare I love that film but I have enjoy this one more, Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare and of course A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child.

I love the battle in the church, Alice begins and her final battle against Freddy. She uses the abilities from her friends and her brother to fight her enemy. She hits him in the face, chest, torso, abdomen and legs for several times, then uses Sheila's electronic zapper to create a strong laser light that goes through his stomach, weakening him.

It is my fourth favorite slasher film in "A Nightmare on Elm Street" series it is a good decent sequel better than 2,5,6,7 and even horrible remake. Don't believe the haters I love this film to death. :P

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