A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

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

In the original run, I think I jumped off the A Nightmare on Elm Street train after Dream Warriors, but it’s possible I’d seen The Dream Master. If so, I didn’t recall much.

What seems certain is that Renny Harlin brought a lot of visual innovation to the project, because this film looks and feels a lot more 90s than 80s. Camera techniques and styles become codified and dated, but in 1988 did this feel fresh and new?

Today, it seems like a visual clash between the two films, made only a year apart. Part three was lovely Eightiesness. Dream Master sports a look and feel, a vibe that, for me, predicts styles to come in mainstream movie-making.

But, yeah, quite a letdown on many levels following the fantastic Dream Warriors.

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