A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master ★½

Film #2 of Hooptober 6.0

After the franchise gave us a phenomenal direct follow-up to the original, we're given a damb squib of a feature to follow-on from that.

This feature takes the surviving characters from Dream Warriors, and unceremoniously shuffles them off the board as though they're dangling threads that must be exorcised, in order to press ahead with the franchise. In their place, we get a bland new protagonist who suffers at the hands of her domineering alcoholic father.

But the biggest let down involves the franchise star himself, Freddy Krueger. Robert England is certainly trying his best, and the visual effects bring alive some impressively gory kills, but none of this can make up for how unmenacing Freddy now is. He's all lacklustre wise cracks, and no terror, feeling more like a poor cartoon figure than the horrendous child killer that's been stalking around in peoples nightmares. It also seems that writers are taking the approach of not caring about whatever newly introduced rules may be contradictory bullshit, and I'm especially talking about how the film closes out.

God, I hope things go uphill from here.