A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) - Renny Harlin

I love when sequels honor the continuity of the previous film. I don't like when different actors are cast in roles that others had previously. It doesn't help the flow.

Nightmare on Elm Street 4

 is one of those movies. While it may be a pretty awful road. This sequel at least follows the narrative. 

The movie follows the events of the previous film

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors.

We catch up with the remaining Elm Street kids who have been released from the Westin Hills Asylum. They try to live normal lives. However, Freddy isn't dead and is coming back for his revenge on the

Dream Warriors.

It's a shame that Patricia Arquette didn't make it back for this one. I enjoyed her character in the third movie. But at least I got Kincade for a little while. He kicks ass. Robert Englund gets top billing in this installment for the first time and shows it as the top star. 

Nightmare 4

 has a pretty kick ass soundtrack. I especially liked the workout montage to the Dramarama song 

Anything Anything.

I also liked the little details that the director added in. Little things like Kincade's dog being named Jason or the diner being called the Crave Inn. 

This one isn't perfect by any stretch. Freddy's killings seem to be getting more and more elaborate. By this time Freddy is more of a novelty act. He spews out tons of catch phrases and one liners. He murders people in some really elaborate ways too. Crowds showed up at theaters to see just how Freddy was going to dispatch the youth in this go-around. 


Renny Harlin


Robert Shaye and Rachel Talalay


Brian Helgeland and Scott Pierce


Robert Englund, Rodney Eastman, John Beckman and Tuesday Knight


Heron Communications and Smart Egg Pictures

Release Date: 

August 19, 1988



Did ya know: 

The two gravestones visible behind Kristen Parker's and Roland Kincaid's are for Donald & Nancy Thompson, characters from A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987).