A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

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

a pure 80s music video fever dream, oozing with bizarro lighting, dynamic angles, outlandish prosthetics, and Mr. Krueger being a one-liner spouting badass.

is the plot thin? sure. are the characters more one-dimensional compared to the excellent previous entry? absolutely.

but what it lacks in the story and characterization department, the film more than makes up for with its insane set piece department. no longer does the dream world fuse into the real world, nor does it reflect the deep psychological trauma/insecurities of its victims. instead, it's just a goddamn playground for Mr. Krueger to play around with and the special effects/set design team to flex.

just like what Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives did, i adored how the filmmakers were just like "okay. we have a cash cow here. let's just go bonkers and give the people what they want". and my FUCK did they give us what we want.

the whole movie is pretty much a run-of-the-mill slasher but instead of "slashy while you kids have premarital sex in the woods", it leans into the visual insanity of previous entries and turns it up to 12. 

and, one-dimensional or otherwise, i actually like the disposable teenagers! that's 4 for 4 in that department for this series so far. color me impressed. 

but yeah for the most part the whole film really just felt like watching a Dangan Ronpa kill compilation with glorious 80s aesthetics and that is JUST fine with me.

am i just too easily pleased? am i just giving this so much praise because my mind has degraded from watching so much slasher shit in the past month? who knows?

all i know is that i would HAPPILY watch this over any of the middling sequels of the Halloween and Friday the 13th franchises. in fact, i'm gonna rewatch it right now. just fucking inject this shit into my veins.

also this is the only movie that's ever made me hype for someone falling asleep. also the only movie i know that's ever had a suiting up montage...for someone falling asleep LOL

God i love this series

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