A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

Lists: Horror, Scary

Brief Synopsis: "Dream demon Freddy Krueger is resurrected from his apparent demise, and rapidly tracks down and kills the remainder of the Elm Street kids. However, Kristen, who can draw others into her dreams, wills her special ability to her friend Alice. Alice soon realizes that Freddy is taking advantage of that unknown power to pull a new group of children into his foul domain."

Overall Ranking: 2694 (Rank from 1988: # 23)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 0%
Regular 14.29%
Half-Popped 85.71%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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George Rother of MovieGuy 24/775(full review)
Darren of Movie Reviews 10163
Cassidy Haynes62
Dave Examines Movies62(full review)
Drezzy50 - It's been a few years since I've seen this, and I remembered absolutely nothing about it initially. This is the transition from Freddy as the wise-cracking sinister force that Wes Craven first made him as and the living demonic cartoon character he became in later entries. The acting is terrible, none of the characters are worth giving a damn about (not even the main ones), and all of the incredibly inventive deaths from its predecessor (the excellent Dream Warriors) seemed to go out the window for incredibly basic "you're asleep, I stab you" deaths early on. The most memorable kills are the water bed kill of Joey and the roach motel kill of Gina, but even of those only the roach motel really stands out, and it's wasted on the worst actress in the whole thing (which says a lot). Character development? Only one person gets it (Alice). Hell, even Freddy goes down far too easy, which is something that happened only in parts 4 and 5. This one makes Freddy seem more like a nuisance than a true threat, but I will say that the first and final act showed promise, and Renny Harlin's direction was solid. It's a damn shame that one of the few horror/slasher franchises with continuity abound falls apart whenever anybody not named Wes Craven has a hand in it (save for the outstandingly fun Freddy Vs. Jason). This movie would've been much better if some of the characters were better fleshed out or the kills more daring, but hey, New Line Cinema needed money, dig?
Gorgon Reviews43
Thomas Pollock40

People Involved

  • Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger)
  • Tuesday Knight (Kristen Parker)
  • Ken Sagoes (Roland Kincaid)
  • Rodney Eastman (Joey Crusel)
  • Lisa Wilcox (Alice Johnson)
  • Andras Jones (Rick Johnson)
  • Danny Hassel (Dan Jordan)
  • Brooke Theiss (Debbie Stevens)
  • Toy Newkirk (Sheila Kopecky)
  • Nicholas Mele (Dennis Johnson)
  • Brooke Bundy (Elaine Parker)
  • Hope Marie Carlton (Pin Up Girl)
  • Mickey Yablans (Buddy in Locker Room)
  • Linnea Quigley (Soul from Freddys Chest)
  • Duane Davis (Jock)
  • Robert Shaye (Lecturer)
  • Jacquelyn Masche (Mrs. Crusel)
  • Richard Garrison (Doctor)
  • John Beckman (Coach)
  • Kristen Clayton (Alice (Girl in Freddys house))
  • Jody Montana (Buddy in Diner)
  • Cheryl Richardson (Girl)
  • Joie Magidow (Physics Teacher)
  • Joanna Lipari (Nurse)
  • Wanda Bursey (Friend in Mourning)
  • Kisha Brackel (Friend)
  • Pat ONeal (Student)
  • Robert Shaye (Lecturer (as L.E. Moko))
  • Renny Harlin (Student in Classroom (uncredited))
  • Jeff Levine (Paramedic)
  • Renny Harlin (Director)

  • Other Movies in the Series

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
  • A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child