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

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Slasher Film, Teen Movie  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Keith Phipps

Let the wheel-spinning begin. Essentially a remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, the fourth entry in the series assembles another band of troubled teens to do combat with Robert Englund's nocturnal bogeyman. Operating under the guideline that bigger is always better, director Renny Harlin saves all his energy for the dream sequences, which are interesting enough to almost redeem the film's empty-headed approach to nearly every other aspect. As later films would prove, Harlin knows how to stage a stylish set piece, and ANOES 4 has its share; a trip to an abandoned movie theater serving as a particular highlight. Otherwise, this is a by-the-numbers series entry with one disturbing addition -- the other characters are so bland that the wisecracking, increasingly comic Freddy starts to look like the hero.