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A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master Details


This fourth trip down Freddy Lane was the most successful at the box-office, but although it has some impressive visuals, it is mostly an empty film. Credit must go to the effects team for some fine work, but otherwise, this entry from the director of (Renny Harlin) is extremely weak. Roland Kincaid falls asleep and awakens in the Springwood junkyard, where his dog -- named "Jason" in a sad foreshadowing of the film's giggly tone -- pees fire on Freddy's grave. The pyro-urinary baptism causes Krueger (Robert Englund) to reassemble from bones outward in an admittedly impressive sequence. Predictably, Freddy guts Kincaid, then appears in Joey's waterbed as a naked pinup girl (Hope-Marie Carlton) before slicing him to ribbons. And so it goes. The film has a few interesting ideas kicking around, but no real identification points. This is a video game, not a movie, and the characters seem to exist only in order to move the film from one effects sequence to another. There is a lot to be said for special effects, and the ones here are extraordinary and vivid. However, the wonderfully grim mood and subtle performances of Chuck Russell's outstanding third entry in the series are gone, abandoned by Harlin in favor of a splashy, comic book approach which would, unfortunately, dominate the series' later installments. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

  • Release date:August 19, 1988


Robert Englund
as Freddy Krueger
Lisa Wilcox
as Alice
Rodney Eastman
as Joey
Danny Hassel
as Danny
Andras Jones
as Rick
Tuesday Knight
as Kristen
Ken Sagoes
as Kincaid
Brooke Theiss
as Debbie
Jeff Levine
Nicholas Mele
as Johnson
Robert Shaye
Linnea Quigley
as Soul from Freddy's Chest
Hope-Marie Carlton
as Pin Up Girl
Joanna Lipari
as Nurse
Brooke Bundy
as Elaine
Richard Garrison
as Doctor
John Beckman
as Coach
Jacquelyn Masche
as Joey's Mom
Duane Davis
as Jock
Mickey Yablans
as Buddy in Locker Room


Renny Harlin
Rachel Talalay
Robert Shaye
Jim Wheat
Ken Wheat
Scott Pierce
William Kotzwinkle
Brian Helgeland
Screen Story
Brian Helgeland
Steven Fierberg
Craig Safan
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Knue
Mick Strawn
Production Designer
Karen Koch
Associate Producer
Sara Risher
Executive Producer
Steve Maslow
Sound/Sound Designer
D. Kerry Prior
Special Effects
Kevin Yagher
Special Effects
Chris Biggs
Special Effects
Debby Porter
Karen Koch
Production Manager
Kevin Yagher
Makeup Special Effects