A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master ½

I am shocked at how much I disliked this movie.

Scratch that.

Shocked at how much I DESPISE this movie.

This is a shameful, cheap, boring and awful film that not only stands as one of the worst horror movies I've ever seen, but one of the worst movies I've ever seen.

The characters are terrible, with clunky backstories and forced character traits. It's impossible to root for them since there truly is nothing to root for. This leaves us with no incentive to pay attention to the main story, except for the kills. Despite inventive and somewhat creative kills, I don't think I can even enjoy those, and I'll tell you why.

As a die hard horror fan, this is hard for me to say. This statement might ostracize me from the horror community so please, bear with me, but...

I don't like Freddy Krueger.

I'm so sorry, but I hate what they did with his character after the 2nd movie. He's not funny, he's not scary, Robert Englund is clearly very talented but it's the writing that breaks the character. He's been turned into a goofy caricature of a former terrifying and evil villain. Considering that the story and main characters are all but forgotten, it seems like the entire point of the movie is to watch awesome kills, but then I'd be rooting for him.

Now, rooting for the villain is fine, depending on the movie. Jason Voorhees is a big, dumb murder machine and the characters aren't built up to be anything more than bait, so I have no qualms waiting for fun and scary kills.

But Freddy Krueger is a child molester. His first movie clearly establishes that this is an evil character who we should not root for considering that he's done one of the most despicable acts a person can commit. So you can't just switch and make him a goofy, wisecracking trickster. I don't want to see a child molester crack jokes, and it's not possible to separate the character with his actions since they're fundamental to who he is.

I'm not looking forwards to the rest of the series as I think I already hit all the high points. I don't even find it easy to find enjoyment through the horror since it's not scary and it feels wrong to derive entertainment from it. I might have to take a detour from this series and watch something actually good before returning.

And for those wondering, if I were to view both series in total, I prefer Friday the 13th. Sue me.

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