A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

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

Welcome to Wonderland, Alice.

Carries forward some of the narrative left standing from Dream Warriors into a new space, while also introducing multiple new protagonists to jump between. The overall narrative result is a disjointed, confusing mess, particularly when some of the returning characters from the previous installment have been recast. Rather than crafting something new and different narratively, it sits beneath the towering shadow of its predecessor, wandering aimlessly in search of ways to send a somewhat familiar group of teens into the arms of Freddy.

Surprisingly, despite its shaky story and flat, uninteresting line delivery, it manages to land on its feet repeatedly, showcasing brilliant, terrifying effects work and some stellar dream sequences that play with hazy repetition and surreal, melting visuals in a way that previous installments haven't. Combined with its outstanding lineup of rocking '80s bangers it makes for a solid enough entry in the series, but its glaring flaws leave it lagging far behind the strongest of Freddy's adventures.