A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 - The Dream Master
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A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
This fourth trip down Freddy Lane was the most successful at the box-office, but although it has some impressive visuals, it is mostly an empty film. Credit must go to the effects team for some fine work, but otherwise, this entry from the director of Cutthroat Island (Renny Harlin) is extremely weak. Roland Kincaid falls asleep and awakens in the Springwood junkyard, where his dog -- named "Jason" in a sad foreshadowing of the film's giggly tone -- pees fire on Freddy's grave. The pyro-urinary baptism causes Krueger (Robert Englund) to reassemble from bones outward in an… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Consistently watchable and inventive."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Though the Elm Street series contains the most intelligent premise in current genre films, none of the movies take much advantage of their potential."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"...an obvious low point within this incredibly uneven series."
‑ David Nusair, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Not counting 1994's Wes Craven's New Nightmare, it's superior to all the other later sequels in the series."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
"As the series drags on, the inventiveness of murders decreases slightly but Freddy's humor continues to entertain."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Robert Englund, receiving star billing for the first time, is delightful in his frequent incarnations as Freddy, delivering his gag lines with relish and making the grisly proceedings funny."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"As always, the teen actors are disposable, and even Robert Englund seems to be sleepwalking through Freddy."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"Surprisingly watchable for the third sequel and despite its general predictability it's entertainingly inventive."
‑ Karen Krizanovich, Empire Magazine
"Fun, but not a shade on the earlier Elm Street flicks"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"The Dream Master has a sort of constant level of goofy idiocy."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"While some of the monotonous effects are strikingly surreal, Harlin's direction creates an atmosphere which is more morbid than scary."
‑ , Time Out
"The lesser of the "Nightmare" sequels, but serviceable more surreal one nevertheless..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"With each entry, the films become more removed from their source. Freddy just isn't scary anymore."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The new comedy version of Freddy..."
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"Bottomless grab-bag from the 80s TV subconscious, riffing on Jaws, Karate Kid, and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, with a palette that would make Joel Schumacher queasy"
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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