A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

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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 know the way to defeat him for good.

Release Year: 1988

Rating: 5.3/10 (17,589 voted)

Director: Renny Harlin

Stars: Robert Englund, Rodney Eastman, Lisa Wilcox

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.

Writers: Wes Craven, William Kotzwinkle

Lisa Wilcox - Alice Johnson
Andras Jones - Rick Johnson
Danny Hassel - Dan Jordan
Rodney Eastman - Joey Crusel
Tuesday Knight - Kristen Parker
Ken Sagoes - Roland Kincaid
Brooke Bundy - Elaine Parker
Nicholas Mele - Mr. Dennis Johnson
Toy Newkirk - Sheila Kopecky
Brooke Theiss - Debbie Stevens
Robert Englund - Freddy Krueger
Jacquelyn Masche - Mrs. Crusel
Hope Marie Carlton - Pin Up Girl
Richard Garrison - Doctor
John Beckman - Coach

Taglines: Pure Evil Never Really Dies


Official Website: Nightmare On Elm Street |

Release Date: 19 August 1988

Filming Locations: Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery - 1831 W. Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $12,833,403 (USA) (21 August 1988)

Gross: $49,369,899 (USA)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | (DVD)

Did You Know?

The scene where Alice and Rick are watching home videos was a last minute addition. In an interview with Andras Jones he stated that because of the writers strike and because of Renny Harlin's poor English, he and Lisa Wilcox wrote their own dialogue for it.

Crew or equipment visible: Crew member reflected in Alice's Dad's car window when she pulls off from the hospital

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Title Card: "When deep sleep falleth on men, fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake." - Job IV, 13-14

User Review

The plot was like a cheesy TV series

Rating: 6/10

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, the fourth installment in the Nightmare on Elm Street series. I was lucky enough to get the boxed DVD set of Nightmare on Elm Street series and I just finished all the sequels and while the fourth isn't a bad sequel or continuation of the story, it was pretty silly. It was cool to continue on with the dream warriors who were clever enough to defeat Freddy in the third Nightmare on Elm Street. But Freddy's back and he is more ticked off than ever and you know that's not good. But while the story was a good idea, the way it was executed, I wasn't really that into it, just the acting I think is what killed it for me. The way the movie was made was what made it feel like it was more of a cheesy TV show like on the Sci-fi Channel than an actual movie.

We start off where the third installment of the Nightmare on Elm Street series left off, the kids from the hospital are now grown up and are all on their own. But they are quickly killed off by Freddy hoping to get Kirsten back to help them, but they are too late. But when Kirsten finds a girl, Alice, she finds out that Alice has the same powers as she does. She has the ability to pull other people into her dreams and of course Alice is scared to find out how to use her powers, but she may just have to use them since Freddy is now after her and other kids too.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master was a good enough sequel, but it just could have been better. I liked it, but so far it's not my top favorite sequel. Again, we've got some very cool deaths, don't think I could choose one, I think the water bed one was very cool. But once again, I don't wanna spoil it. Of course if you wanna see the Nightmare on Elm Street sequels, this is recommended, but as a horror movie on it's own, it's OK.



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