A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

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

"You can check in...but you can't check out!" -Freddy,

- Renny Harlin Ranked: boxd.it/1v4qa
- A Nightmare on Elm Street Ranked: boxd.it/1o5RM
- Fall Rewatch 2020: boxd.it/82kok "A number in the title"

One of the best posters in the slasher game.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 is debated among horror fans but I'm firmly on the side that loves it. Tonally it is a major shift from the prior films as this has an eerie, almost Twin Peaks feel to the film and the performances. It's a return to high school, which is I think where the franchise is at its best. There's a lot of tortured teen stuff here that I really like and as much as I love Patricia Arquette in part 3 I prefer Tuesday Knight for part 4. The kills are really great in this film and that's in part a testament to Renny Harlin's creativity during the film's production. They had a limited budget and so he got creative and also added a hint of humor to the film. I think Part 4 Freddy's humor works and hasn't gotten to the point of being too silly yet.

I find this highly underrated.

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