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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.


Renny Harlin


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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:

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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?


During the writing of the film, Renny Harlin and some of the producers by chance happened to bump into James Cameron. Cameron somewhat facetiously asked Harlin, "How are they gonna bring Freddy back to life this time?" To which Harlin (also somewhat facetiously) replied "A dog pisses fire on him and he comes back to life." The idea ended up being used in the film, although in a more metaphorical manner than in a literal sense. (With Robert Englund explaining that the dog urinating fire onto Freddy's remains is meant to symbolize a Hellhound, and how evil Freddy truly is.) See more »


(at around 31 mins) When referring to the famous Elm Street house, Kristen says, "It's his home," but Freddy never actually lived there. 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 »


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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)
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The best slasher sequel since the original film in A Nightmare on Elm Street film franchise!
28 March 2016 | by ivo-cobra8See all my reviews

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) It is one of my personal favorite horror movies with the original A Nightmare on Elm Street film, it is solid, decent, excellent horror slasher sequel in A Nightmare on Elm Street series franchise. I love this movie to death and my favorite heroine is Alice Johnson. This flick is Better than part 2,5,6 and the horrible awful remake that I hate to death!

We have a new heroine named Alice, which is awesome. Lisa Wilcox is a bad ass in this flick, wondering what happened to that actress. Lisa Wilcox did an excellent job as shy heroine Alice. Tuesday Knight blow my heart away she was the heart and the soul of this movie. She wrote performed the theme song Nightmare for this film. This film is actually my Renny Harlin's favorite movie alongside Cliffhanger, Die Hard 2 and Deep Blue Sea. Renny Harlin did a great job with direction and visuals of the film, I think it's actually some of the best directing work he did, and Lisa Wilcox's character Alice is probably to Freddy what Tommy Jarvis is to Jason, an enemy that he will always fight but he will always lose. This film has a lot of good soundtracks that I love. It has an excellent cast that I love. Wes Craven's a Nightmare on Elm Street will be my number 1 while this one will be my number 5.

Plot: 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.

Before I start what I like about this movie, I love Wes Craven's original film A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) which is my favorite best horror slasher film. My third favorite film of the series is Wes Craven's last movie New Nightmare (1994) which is my third favorite film in A Nightmare on Elm Street film franchise and I think is the third best film.

Things I Love in this movie: I like the music scores by John Easdale and Craig Safan, they are a lot of music tracks that are put in the film from the 80's. I love Tuesday Knight's song Nightmare she played it during opening credits. I love Tuesday Knight and Lisa Wilcox's acting performance both of the leads did an outstanding job as acting her characters. Lisa Wilcox was a bad ass in this film, her character as Alice Johnson was well written, she was decent and the only heroine that she never died in the film series. Tuesday Knight as Kristen Parker was decent and she was awesome, she was better than Patricia Arquette I love movies from the 80's action and horror films that I love, so this is pretty solid good movie, far way better than 5 and remake which I think they are the worst one I have ever saw. I like that this movie is fantasy and it has a good kills and Freddy is trying still to be scary.

Kristen Parker (Tuesday Knight) was actually a Dream Warrior she had a power to call her friends in her dreams, Alice Johnson (Lisa Wilcox) was a Dream Master and she gave her power to Freddy, of course Kristen was the last Elms Street child, but Freddy need it new ones to get the souls from the children to become more powerful than ever. I like the boiler room scene Kristen eventually finds herself in Freddy's boiler room. It is explained that Kristen is the last child from Elm Street, and Freddy needs her help to get more children. I like that is that explanation. I like the last fight between Alice and Freddy, Alice change her self in to an bad ass heroine she fight's Freddy defeats him with a mirror of his own image and she releases all souls of the children that Freddy took them away. I love that Alice saves Dan Jordan (Danny Hassle) from death. Brooke Theiss as Debbie Stevens was beautiful, gorgeous and hot I love her in this film.

Roland Kincaid (Ken Sagoes) and Joey Peterson (Rodney Eastman) both returned from previous installment The Dreams Warriors and they were both killed off in the beginning of the film which is stupid. I really don't like this, the characters who survived in previous installment been killed off. It feel's to me like Nancy's effort keeping them save was for nothing. That's the only problem I have with this film.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master is a 1988 American slasher horror film and the fourth film in the Nightmare on Elm Street series. The film was directed by Renny Harlin, stars Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox and Danny Hassle.

Overral: I enjoy this film every time I see it and I have fun with it, goes very fast around it is fast paced and entertaining. 10/10 Bad Ass Seal Of Approval

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