JB & The Chop Do: A Nightmare On Elm Street 4 – The Dream Master (1988)

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Well – here we are…. back in business. Number 4 – Remember Freddy died last time when they buried his bones and dumped holy water on them? He was done for good, right?? Of course not! New Line Cinema keeps kneading and sucking and milking that teat, squeezing every drop of souring milk into their mouths. My introductory take on this is that this movie really wasn’t very good…….. but then I saw 5 and 6. SPOILER: I didn’t like The Dream Baby and I REALLY didn’t like the one where Fred Krueger has a mystery daughter that was never mentioned until it was convenient. PFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFT. That was almost as bad as when Spock suddenly had a brother.


Let’s see what we’ve got here….


SYNPOSIS: 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, Kristen (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. – via IMDB

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So, here we are with the fourth film in this franchise and, while I quite liked the first, I thought the second was dumb fun and the third started getting a little iffy – and, while I think JB likes this one a bit, I thought it was pretty dodgy and the writers were really starting to reach for plots and ideas for kills. I don’t ever really look at things like this but it looks like this was awful successful with a budget of 7,000,000 bucks and grossing over 49 million. I didn’t fork out any dough for this while it was in the theaters but it looks like someone did. I hate to be a guy who uses the word “forgettable” but, I watched this a few weeks ago and I’ve kind of forgotten it pretty much so I’m reliving it through Google images. I remember thinking that “God DAMN these kids can fall asleep quick” and, it’s coming back to me now – after the kids from the third movie all graduate, the lead who is NOT Patricia Arquette this time decides to walk to work from her school and falls asleep in a park.  She then has an erotic beach dream about studs on horses and eating hot dogs a dream about:


That’s right – he’s back! It’s a little hazy but I THINK he comes back to life because a dog pisses on his grave (JB correct me if I’m wrong). Or maybe it was the black fellow who pissed on his remains?? I’m not sure but he’s back and he’s gonna getcha. I also remember thinking that it was odd that these kids were imprisoned in some sort of Institute for the Criminally Sleepy in the third one but now they’re just normal kids in high school. Anyway – I was surprised that, after these movies being “skin free”, there was some of this:


But – even if those ten seconds of #UnderwaterBoobs were enticing to you and got you in The Spirit, all of that will be quickly dispelled when these two decide to go on a date and eat pizza.


Because nothing says “I Love You” like topping your pizza with the dead souls of your friends.


Here’s some spoilers for those of you who haven’t seen it. The new lead is The Dream Master (Mistress??) and she gives Freddy the business and he’s dead forever and ever and ever, Amen, Sister!!!


And – because I’m sweet and courteous and informative and lovely and profoundly Romanesque Most Unclean, here’s a teaser for number 5!

JBSo there was this one. There was this one…

For one, it takes a while to get used to having a new actress play Kristen, but eventually you deal with it. Tuesday Knight (seriously, I would have shot my parents for a name like that – sounds like a porn star) doesn’t even really deliver the same feeling that Arquette did, so I could hardly buy into her being the same character. Needless to say, Freddy is back to terrorize kids again, and Kristen’s ability to draw people into dreams means that Freddy’s reach has extended.

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We are introduced to Alice (Lisa Wilcox), who is a really weird character. Like, there is character growth for her in the movie, but it is ridiculously fast and it doesn’t really make sense. The Dream Master is where things really started going south in this series (in my opinion). The plot was flimsy and had potential to be more, but the execution was just so awful you don’t even want to contemplate it for too long. The pacing was annoying as sin, too. Like I said, things just rushed through and lost and and all potential impact.

Obviously kids start dying all over the show, but before you even get it, Alice is (yes, truly) magically absorbing traits from the deceased. Kincaid and Joey were killed off awfully fast (and I liked them both a lot), which is another flaw of these movies: our victors from the previous films are dealt with hurriedly so that Freddy can start screwing with a fresh lot of kids ASAP. Not sure why this had to be the recipe… Anyhow, Joey and Kindcaid will be missed. Also, I agree with the Chop… they were all institutionalised and now everything is okay again? Hmmmmm….

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The logic is all over the show. There isn’t even a progression from how Alice starts spewing Kristen’s Freddy nonsense and everyone is on board. Yeah, there are a few holdouts, but then they’re all with her. I don’t know, it just didn’t gel so nicely. Also, who the hell did Dan fall in love with? Alice, or the combined aspects of all the souls she seems to have taken on? Very nice relationship that will be…


I always like how Freddy has a no-makeup scene in all the films somewhere along the line, but I think they were seriously hammering in the healthcare profession in this one! Though I must admit, if I came to in surgery and saw my surgeon looking like this, things would be over!

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The Dream Master is where the cheese in this one started stretching, and the kills were just there to be more comical and more ludicrous, seeing if they could top each other and all that. Also, we had a kid doing some weird karate crap, and a girl who was lifting weight with some insane talons (I cannot for one second buy into a girl like that being into weightlifting), some genius geek who met the wrong, sticky end, and Alice has one total prick of an alcoholic father. Nope, not a fan of his. Anyhow, things just got a little out of hand in this one is all, though it is still a lot better than some of the ways that it went! I love Freddy Krueger, I do, but this is where the films started delving into some spectacularly dodgy and unnecessary one-liners (which are so bad you sometimes roll your eyes or you giggle involuntarily, depending what you have been subjected to) and where he starts becoming a parody of himself.

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It’s a pretty hollow experience all round. That is all.

Oki, almost all. Seeing as it is Christmas week and all and we all had some jollies yesterday, I thought this was just… I love it and had to share!


19 thoughts on “JB & The Chop Do: A Nightmare On Elm Street 4 – The Dream Master (1988)

  1. Aww love the NBC/Elm Street mashup! A good job once again, you two! Sounds like this one is pretty meh, huh? Shame. However, I’m pretty excited for the rants about the next ones. 😀 Already said this to Eric, so your turn, Zoe: Merry Post-Christmas, lady!!!

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  2. wait. . .wait. . .wait a tick, I paused in the middle of reading when I hit ‘Tuesday Knight.’ That’s really her REAL name?!!! Oh my ahahahahahHAHAH!!! HAHAHAH!!!!!! FUCK, HAHAH!!!!

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