A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

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

For the first time, it feels like this film is just going through the motions expected of the franchise. I have to admit, I'm a little disappointed in this one. The first three all managed to say and do something original, to transcend their generic slasher origins. This one... Not so much.

I mean, it's *fine*. It isn't a bad horror film, on its own merits it's pretty entertaining. The kills are creative and suitably fantastical. There's some choice zingers from Freddy, even if the cultural references have dated. It's fine! But compared to the last three, this is something of a climb down.

I'm especially disappointed because I enjoyed Dream Warriors so much, and the prospect of a direct sequel made me really happy. But then a flurry of disappointments: no Dr. Gordon; Patricia Arquette recast; Kincaid and Joey in much reduced roles. I get that casting and availability can be tricky, and sure I guess Tuesday Knight tries her best. But they really did my boy Kincaid dirty. What a waste of returning characters.

Ho hum. Still a couple of movies to go, and I imagine this won't be the worst of them.

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