Saturday, October 27, 2018

Movie #483: A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master is, obviously, the fourth in the series and mercifully the last one that I own. It stars Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Danny Hassel, Tuesday Knight, Ken Sagoes, Rodney Eastman, Andras Jones, Brooke Theiss, and Toy Newkirk.

Following the events of Dream Warriors, Kristen (Knight, taking over because Patricia Arquette had better things to do), Kincaid (Sagoes), and Joey (Eastman) and back in Springwood and going to high school. Kristen is dating Rick (Jones), and is buddies with his weird sister Alice (Lisa). She also instinctively pulls Kincaid and Joey into her dreams sometimes.

She's convinced Freddy's coming back, they both think she's being silly, and then Freddy kills all three of them because that's how these movies are. She gives her "pull people into dreams and also be strangely agile" power to Alice, but Freddy kills Alice's friends, and finally Alice manages to remember some completely stupid children's rhyme that ends with "force evil to face itself" or some such nonsense, shows Freddy a mirror, and he explodes.

So, by this point in the franchise, Freddy has completed his transformation from "menacing and brutal dream-monster" to "chatty and pun-flinging quipster", but that's not actually the worst thing about the movie. The worst thing about the movie is that it never quite makes the leap to horror-comedy, and so the ridiculous bits - Jones flinging nuncuks around and demonstrating his martial arts prowess that you think is gonna get deployed against Freddy and then he dies like a chump, the stupid Groundhog Day-esque loop that Freddy traps Alice and Dan (Hassel) in while he's killing Debbie (Theiss) - never quite pay out the way they should. Some of the kill sequences (Debbie's in particular) start off kind of interesting, but then they all devolve back Freddy giving a one-liner and one we merrily go.

All in all, I'm kinda happy to be moving on from this franchise, especially since the next movie on the list is Hitchcock.

My Grade: F
Rewatch Value: Low

Next up: North by Northwest