Monday, April 26, 2010

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

By the time part 4 came out, Freddy Kreuger was a cultural hit. You had all sorts of Freddy merchandise ranging from poster boards to action figures. Add to that the first time a Kreuger movie being released in the summer. It was also rushed into production after the success of part 3.

We are also presented with a rarity in slasher horror: three survivors from the previous installment returning. Unfortunately, Patricia Aquette did not come back for this film. Her replacement, Lisa Wilcox is adequare though. The problem with this though is how quickly the last of the elm street kids are disposed of in order for us to follow new characters. It's the Alien 3 effect if you will. You just need to look at Kincaid's scene in the junkyard. I think they could have capitalized on that and have Kincaid use his dream powers to a fuller extent. But that's not what the movie is going for. It's almost disprectful to Wes Craven in being that they're getting rid of the characters from his previous script so quickly. It was a pissing contest between Harlin and Craven essentially, and Renny won because he pissed fire. But we'll get to that little nauseating tidbit later.

This is the first movie with chains. Interesting seeing that it came out a year after Hellraiser. It seemed as if Freddy was chasing Hellraiser's tail. Now say what you want about Pinhead, but the Nightmare series never got as gruesome or as grisly as what the Cenobites did to people in Hellraiser.

The Dream Master for me ranks above 2, 5, & 6 but below 1, 3 & 7. It's a fun installment and as the film would turn out to be succesful, it would only be a matter of time until the franchise would go downhill.

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