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A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4: THE DREAM MASTER (1988)
"Freddy Krueger, the bastard son of a hundred maniacs, is back! This time, he takes on a girl named Alice and her friends."
This is the sequel that finally crossed Freddy over from scary, demonic dream slasher to comedic serial killer; a goofy, yet stylish entry that still entertains in the franchise!
Robert Englund does a fine job as Freddy once again, but delivers many one liners every time he's on screen. Freddy's one liners in this film tend to stick better and land well than other future installments, and the special effects are once more, excellent. Visually, it's more vibrant than its dark predecessors, but too intriguing to miss.
The tone of this flick is aimed at a more lighter, MTV friendly crowd. The way Freddy returns to slaughter the remaining Elm Street kids is probably one of the dumbest and most bizarre resurrection sequences in the series; apparently, dog piss morphs into resurrecting hellfire in the dream world!
The protagonists of this film are not as interesting as the last 3 films cast either (save for Alice, portrayed by Lisa Wilcox), and Tuesday Knight's performance as Kristen Parker, is not as well received as Patricia Arquette's run on the character in A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987). The soundtrack and musical score to this film are good additions. The ending scene to this one, when Freddy is defeated, is pretty weak though to be honest, in comparison to the other films.
Despite some misgivings, this is another good, but not great, Nightmare On Elm Street movie.