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

R | | Horror | 19 August 1988 (USA)
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Freddy Krueger returns once again to terrorize the dreams of the remaining Dream Warriors, as well as those of a young woman who may be able to defeat him for good.

Director:

Renny Harlin

Writers:

Wes Craven (character), William Kotzwinkle (story) | 4 more credits »
2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Beckman John Beckman ... Coach
Kisha Brackel Kisha Brackel ... Friend
Brooke Bundy ... Elaine
Wanda Bursey Wanda Bursey ... Friend in Mourning
Hope Marie Carlton ... Pin Up Girl
Kristen Clayton ... Little Girl
Duane Davis ... Jock
Rodney Eastman ... Joey
Robert Englund ... Freddy Krueger
Richard Garrison Richard Garrison ... Doctor
Danny Hassel Danny Hassel ... Dan
Andras Jones ... Rick
Tuesday Knight ... Kristen
Jeff Levine Jeff Levine ... Paramedic
Joanna Lipari ... Nurse
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Storyline

Following up the previous Nightmare film, the dream demon Freddy Krueger is resurrected from his apparent demise, and rapidly tracks down and kills all three of the surviving Elm Street kids. However, Alice (who has the ability to draw others into her dreams) wills her special ability to her friend Alice before her demise. Afterwords, Alice soon realizes that Freddy is taking advantage of that unknown power she now wields to pull a new group of teenage children into his foul domain. Written by David Thiel <d-thiel@uiuc.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back To Bed... See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Nightmare On Elm Street

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,833,403, 21 August 1988

Gross USA:

$49,369,899

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$49,369,899
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Wes Craven and Bruce Wagner came up with a concept for this film that involved time travel through dreams. However, producers Robert Shaye and Sara Risher felt that this was too high a concept for A Nightmare On Elm Street sequel and didn't think it fit the formula that Craven created with the first film. See more »

Goofs

(at around 22 mins) When a headphone cord is unplugged from a stereo, the stereo does not turn off. The stereos speakers would turn on. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alice: Hello.
Kristen Parker: Do you live here?
Alice: Nobody lives here.
Kristen Parker: Where's Freddy?
Alice: Heh, heh. He's not home.
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Crazy Credits

(c) MCMLXXXVIII the 4th elm street adventure (information at the end of the credits on the 1999 DVD ultimate collectors box set) See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by 56 secs to delete footage of nunchakus from two scenes, and the cuts were expanded to 1 min 7 secs for the video release. The cuts were fully restored in the 15 rated 2001 DVD. See more »

Connections

Referenced in A Nightmare on Elm Street See more »

Soundtracks

Pride and Joy
Written by Joe Lamont, Jon Lucas
Performed by Joe Lamont
Produced by Sounds of Film Music
(played on JukeBox at the diner)
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User Reviews

 
Well it ain't Dr. Seuss
10 December 2007 | by mattressman_pdlSee all my reviews

Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2) directs Dream Master, the fourth entry in the franchise about a maniacal dreamstalker named Freddy Kruger. The entry is extremely passable and enjoyable.

The survivors of Dream Warriors are still haunted by memories of Freddy Kruger. But Freddy isn't quite dead as he picks up his glove and takes up where he left off...with vengeance. The only flaw in his plan: a shy outcast named Alice who harbors powers that will enable her to do battle with Kruger as she assumes qualities of past Freddy victims.

Although some of the more interesting characters are sacrificed first, the Nightmare franchise proves to be deeper and more original than any other slasher series around. Some inventive deaths and imagery on display as Robert Englund devours the scenery as Freddy.


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