Tuesday, 30 October 2012

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

"A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master" (1988, Renny Harlin, New Line Cinema) is the Fourth in the Slasher series about the child-killer-turned-monstrous-teen-dream-killer, Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund).

Kristen (Tuesday Knight - a  perfect Burleqsue performer name, if you ask me! But turns out she's an actress and a singer), Joey (Rodney Eastman) and Kincaid (Ken Sagoes) are released from the mental asylum from the previous film. They are now at school and are seemingly normal.

Kristen has some new buddies, too: quiet, daydreaming Alice (Lisa Wilcox), nerdy, asthmatic Sheila (Toy Newkirk) and tough chick Debbie (Brooke Theiss). She's also found herself a boyfriend called Rick (Andras Jones), who's Alice's brother.

Yep, all is going seemingly well until Kristen begins to have nightmares again! And then all the usual Elm Street funzies begin. Turns out Freddy's still not completely dead yet, despite all their dream warrior efforts, and is now back for more.

This film is quite a lot of fun; very cheesy, very Freddy-filled and keeping in with the outrageous and flamboyant death scenes of the previous 3 films. I'd say this film outshines all the other sequels quite comfortably for visuals and has a nice shift in main characters which stopped the plot getting stale.

Does anyone else think Freddy is like a murderous Bugs Bunny? He dresses up as women a lot! Especially in the third and fourth films!

It is by far the most simplistic plot from the first 4 films and is really the start of Freddy being less of a horror icon and more a goofy weirdo, especially if you wait for the Freddy Rap Song during the end credits!

However, fun and loud with some good old nightmarish transformations, this film is far from scary, but is worth your time if you are so inclined to follow the full series, just so long as you're not expecting anything too clever!

[Image: New Line Cinema]