A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master ★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

Things I liked:
- whenever Freddy was onscreen

Things I disliked:
- everything else, more or less

Look, it brings me no joy to say it, but this is my least favorite Nightmare movie. For a movie referred to commonly as “the MTV Nightmare”, I thought I’d love it, but this movie is pretty boring, save for the Freddy bits, which are amazing. All the great, nuanced characters of Dream Warriors are killed off in the first ~45 minutes and replaced with new characters, none of whom are interesting. Alice becomes a much more interesting character in The Dream Child, here she’s just a shell of a human being. The editing is all distractingly fast and in spite of the movie being disjointed narrative trying to tie together fun Freddy kills, it feels rushed as hell. In spite of this, this movie is boring, especially in the second act, where the lack of Freddy really drags it down and any tension the film had built up to that point just drains. To its credit, the film at least *tries* to do things with the characters, but I don’t remember much of what they actually accomplished. This just feels so half-baked, and is really only watching for 1. pizza time, and 2. debbie’s death sequence. The rest of the movie is a bridge between Dream Warriors and The Dream Child that doesn’t really justify its existence beyond setting up Alice and fleshing out the lore a bit more. As much as I hate The Two Towers, at least that movie had a reason to exist, this here is just nothingness.