2-3 - Movie Review: A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Part 4New Line Cinema
1988
R

“How sweet. Fresh meat.”

After beautiful young Kristen sees the remaining Elm Street kids succumb one by one to Freddy’s razor-edged wrath, she embarks on a desperate mission to release the tortured souls of Freddy’s victims once and for all. Can this lone Dream Master defeat the satanic dream-stalker? Or will she have to wake up to the fact that no one is ever really ready…for Freddy?

The fourth movie in the original run of A Nightmare On Elm Street movies, this one taking the concept of the Dream Warriors of the previous movie and distilling it all into the concept of the Dream Master to take on a once-again resurrected Freddy Krueger. There’s just no keeping that guy down, is there?

Here we are, some time after The Dream Warriors, and the three kids who survived the previous entry are now released from the psychiatric ward and are living their lives as shiny, happy teenager. Until one of ’em accidentally resurrects Freddy in one of his dreams, and he begins taking ’em out with extreme prejudice, and that wacky sense of humor that we all know and love from our favorite char-faced dream stalker/slasher. Before killing off the last of the Elm Street kids, though, Freddy manages to get access to a whole new group of kids to continue on with his diabolical hobby. Only thing is, one of the slabs of fresh meat (see what I did there?) is little Alice, who has a talent Freddy wasn’t counting on: the ability to gain the powers of the slain Dream Warriors and bending the Dream Realm to her will just as easily as Freddy does, and thus being the Dream Master of the subtitle. Alice has little time to learn to control her new found powers, and take out Freddy, because if that iconic glove of his doesn’t kill her and her friends, his toxic puns will.

Okay, so we’re at the fourth movie of the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise, and after the strong entry of The Dream Warriors, The Dream Master was equally as strong story-wise. It had ties to the previous movie, but didn’t merely rehash the story. As a matter of fact, this movie killed off the remaining characters twenty minutes into the movie, making room for the new protagonist. That’s pretty ballsy, there. The character of Alice seems to be an interesting protagonist, seeming to be the anti-Freddy. The movie as a whole was fairly entertaining and visually interesting, like the previous one.

There is a minor quibble I have; with the previous movie, The Dream Warriors, we had as the big song inclusion the song Dream Warriors by Dokken, a nifty slice of melodic hair metal goodness. The pop-a-licious pop song tie in used here? “Are You Ready For Freddy” by The Fat Boys, which features Freddy actor Robert Englund dropping some mad rhymes at a 65% efficiency level.

It was the 1980s. And Will Smith hadn’t started acting yet.

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