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A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master [1988]
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Director:Renny Harlin
Writer:Brian Helgeland
Jim Wheat
Ken Wheat
Composer:Craig Safan
Length:97 minutes
(1 hour 37 minutes)
MPAA Rating:R
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Susp/Hor
IMDB Rating:5.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:54%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Freddy Krueger returns once again to terrorize the dreams of the remaining Dream Warriors, as well as those of a young woman who may know the way to defeat him for good.

Reaction: The movies are getting weirder and much more built around strange visuals. This one's okay if that's what you're interested in.

Personal Rating: 5/10

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Renny Harlin => Director / Student in Classroom (uncredited)
Brian Helgeland => Writer
Jim Wheat => Writer
Ken Wheat => Writer
Craig Safan => Composer
Andras Jones => Rick Johnson
Brooke Bundy => Elaine Parker
Brooke Theiss => Debbie Stevens
Cheryl Richardson => Girl
Danny Hassel => Dan Jordan
Hope Marie Carlton => Pin Up Girl
Jacquelyn Masche => Mrs. Crusel
Jody Montana => Buddy in Diner
Ken Sagoes => Roland Kincaid
Kristen Clayton => Alice (Girl in Freddy's house)
Lisa Wilcox => Alice Johnson
Mickey Yablans => Buddy in Locker Room
Nicholas Mele => Mr. Dennis Johnson
Robert Englund => Freddy Krueger
Rodney Eastman => Joey Crusel
Toy Newkirk => Sheila Kopecky
Tuesday Knight => Kristen Parker

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Patricia Arquette, who played Kristen in the third part of the series, could not reprise her role here in the fourth movie because she was pregnant during filming.
  • First film in the series where Robert Englund receives top billing in the opening credits.
  • [?] Ellie Cornell auditioned for the role of Alice.
  • A magazine can be seen in Kristen's room that has a picture of Johnny Depp, who starred in the original Nightmare on Elm Street film and had a brief cameo in the sixth film of the series, Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare.
  • Wes Craven and Bruce Wagner came upon with a concept for this film that involved time travel through dreams. However, producers Robert Shaye and Sara Risher felt that this was too high a concept for a [Nightmare On Elm Street] sequel and didn't think it fit the formula that Craven created with the first film.
  • Not only did actor Tuesday Knight co-star in the film, she performed the theme song.
  • This was the highest-grossing entry in the Elm Street series (not counting Freddy vs. Jason). It earned $49 million in the US.
  • The name of the diner where Alice works is called the "Crave Inn", a reference to series creator Wes Craven.
  • The two gravestones visible behind Kristen Parker's and Roland Kincaid's are for Donald & Nancy Thompson, characters from A Nightmare on Elm Street and A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.
  • The highest grossing horror film of its year and the highest grossing film for New Line.