A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

While A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master is the fourth movie in the series, it is a direct sequel to part 3 and part of a little trilogy that also includes part 5. On the Nightmare on Elm Street table, I would rank this just behind part 3, making this my second favorite movie in the franchise.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master was released on August 19, 1988. You can download or stream the film from a digital platform. Click on the Download button at the end of this review and make your choice.

The Movie Review

I feel that 3, 4, and 5 all flow together really well. This was actually the first Nightmare on Elm Street movie I saw when it was current. I did not see it in the theatre, but my friend had an older brother and he rented it from the video store for us! That sleepover watching this movie for the first time is such a great childhood memory of mine!

The Plot Unfolds

The movie takes place a year after the events of part 3. Kristen (who is now played by Tuesday Night instead of Patricia Arquette) along with Kincaid and Joey are trying to live a normal high school teenage life. Kincaid and Joey seem to be ok, but Kristen is still having bad dreams and worried that Freddy is back.

Kincaid and Joey get mad about this, with Kincaid saying that she could end up bringing Freddy back if she doesn’t leave it alone! Turns out, that was right! Freddy ends up coming back and in what is becoming a series tradition, he kills our final girl from the previous movie.

The Rise of Alice

However, Kristen’s ability to bring people into her dreams enabled her to pass her powers onto our new main hero, Alice. Alice is a good main character and I like how we kind of experience her finding out about Freddy and her new powers as she does. It is actually all very well done.

Alice, like Kristen and Nancy before her, has dream powers that allow her to bring people into her dreams. The difference here is that as Freddy starts slaying her friends, she gains the dream powers that they had, making her The Dream Master! It is a very cool idea and it gives us someone that can actually go toe-to-toe with Freddy in the dream world instead of having to bring him into the real world to defeat him.

Creative Kills and Wisecracks

We get some very creative and memorable kills in this movie, but we also get some goofy kills too such as the roach motel or Freddy “sucking face”. However, I love the way Joey meets his watery end and think that the invisible martial arts fight is a lot of fun too. Speaking of fun, Freddy kicks the wisecracks up a couple of notches here. I really think that parts 3 and 4 are what most people think of when Freddy is in the conversation.


I have a ton of nostalgia for A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master and while 3 is always my go-to, I usually end up watching this very shortly after. These are best watched as a triple feature with part 5 as well in my humble opinion. While part 3 will always be my favorite, this one is actually a very close second.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master continues Freddy's terror, blending creative kills with wisecracks, a quintessential sequel. Download it now and enjoy the ride.
9.5 Total Score
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master Review Summary

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  • This was such a great way to follow on from part 3
  • Freddy is still sadistic, but he embraces the funny Freddy more here
  • There are some very creative kills
  • I thought Alice and her powers were really cool
  • It sucks they could not get Patricia Arquette back
  • Like the rest of the franchise, we are still waiting for a 4K remaster!
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Jason Delacey

Jason Delacey

Jason is a 40-year-old writer from Northern England. He has been playing video games his whole life and writing about them for over a decade. As well as enjoying gaming into the wee hours of the morning, Jason is a real film fanatic too! He is open to watching all genres of movies from animated singing animals to brutal horror!

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