Friday, 20 November 2009

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) - Horror Film Review

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master is another good film in the series. The film is a direct sequel to The Dream Warriors. The survivors from that movie are now in high school, pretty soon they are all killed off by a recently resurrected Freddy (Robert Englund), but before the last one dies she transfers part of her soul into her friend Alice. Alice and her friends start to be terrorized by Freddy. She realise Freddy needs her to bring people into her dreams as she is the last link to Elm Street. She discovers that she absorbs the powers of everyone Freddy kills, while he himself absorbs his victims souls, this leads to a battle in the dream world between the two.

Yet again the deaths are a real highlight. From a victim having their insides sucked out, to someone being turned into a human cockroach and then squished, they are a treat to watch. Robert Englund is as good as always, and even turns up sans makeup as a cross dressing nurse in one of the scenes. Freddy's death scene is amazing, and probably the most visual highlight of the film.

Unlike other franchises Elm Street films never slipped into monotony, and kept on an even keel rather than feel progressively lower in budget. Also, I loved the hilariously bad eighties theme tune complete with a terrible Kruger rap.


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