A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

Directed by Renny Harlin. Written by Brian Helgeland, William Kotzwinkle and Jim and Ken Wheat. Starring Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Tuesday Knight, Rodney Eastman, Ken Sagoes, Brooke Theiss, Andras Jones, Danny Hassel and Toy Newkirk.

Plot: Kristen (who is no longer played by Patricia Arquette) dies and gives her dream power to Alice.

Kristen (now played by Tuesday Knight) drags Joey (Eastman) and Kincaid (Sagoes) into her dream to tell them she believes Freddy (Englund) has returned. Kristen is dating Rick (Jones) and he’s kind of an ass. He doesn’t believe the Freddy stuff at first and doesn’t like Joey and Kincaid. Rick also has a sister, Alice (Wilcox) who is very demure, but has daydreams about the school hunk, Dan (Hassel).

Not to give too much away, and trust me this doesn’t, but Kincaid and Joey don’t make it very long. And then Kristen dreams, and while I don’t believe it was some great scheme on her part, she calls Alice into her dream and now Freddy’s got fresh blood. And that’s what the movie’s about. Alice and all her new friends trying to survive Freddy.

The movie’s a bit corny, but most of Freddy’s movies are. The kills are gross, but cool though. However, the rules suck. And Alice being able to obtain powers from all her dead friends is a little wierd to say the least. At any rate, stick around for the entire credits so that you can hear Freddy rapping in the second song. It’s frickin’ terrific.

Our score: 40.

“How sweet, fresh meat!”

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