A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

New Line Cinema Released 1988


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Renny Harlin
A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master is a 1988 American horror film directed by Renny Harlin and starring Robert Englund, Rodney Eastman, and Lisa Wilcox. As the fourth film in the series, the story resumes with establishing the whereabouts of Kristen, Joey, and Kincaid, who have all been released from the Westin Hills Asylum and are now in high school. Kristen has recently become friends Alice, Sheila, and Debbie, and has a new boyfriend named Rick. When Kristen is attacked by a dog in her dreams, she tries to convince Joey and Kincaid that Freddy Krueger is back. They ignore her warnings, but when Joey is attacked and killed by Jason in his dreams that night, they understand the severity of the situation. The next time that Kristen encounters Freddy in her dreams, he convinces her to bring other children with her, and when Alice is summoned into the dream, Kristen is thrown into a furnace. As Freddy's power grows, the remaining students must find a way to end his bloodthirsty rampage.moreless


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  • 75

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    Directed by the Finnish-born Renny Harlin, it's a deft, fluid piece that rushes from one surrealist epiphany to the next, and along the way displays a craft and imagination far abo...

  • 38

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    In-jokes for horror-film fans abound (the dog is named Jason, the monster in the Friday the 13th series; a cafe is the Craven Inn - Wes Craven directed the first Nightmare on Elm S...

  • 25

    Miami Herald

    The movie is heavy on shock and gimmickry, thanks to Renny Harlin's frenetic and flamboyant direction. The wafer-thin plot is little more than an excuse to showcase the astonishing...

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