A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master ★★½

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master may not in any way match the 1984 original or even the third film, Dream Warriors, but the fact that it basically works shows that A Nightmare on Elm Street is one of the better big horror franchises. This is a film with no interesting characters and it is a generic school-set slasher unlike Dream Warriors but there are still things to like. The series fully embraces dark humour here, with Freddy quipping and making one-liners, being badass and, in one scene, wearing cool sunglasses. His resurrection is dumb and unexplained but at least it's gleefully horrific. The kills here are pretty uninspired compared to Dream Warriors, but a really nasty Cronenberg inspired one is one of the best in the series. In fact, there's a few bits of body horror and that generally works quite well. The camerawork is occasionally inspired too and the opening scene is particularly impressive. My favourite moment in the film though is probably when Kristen tells her mother that she'll be the one responsible for Kristen's death, which solidifies a key theme in the series even if The Dream Master itself basically ignores it. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master isn't a good film particularly, but it's a semi-inventive slasher all things considered, so it's pretty watchable.