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

Unlike the previous two Elm Street films, this one doesn't have an overarching theme to underpin it, which makes the plot more freewheeling and lacking in structure. It's like a pop video incantation of Wes Craven's original idea! Still, it's an enjoyable romp. The film picks up on the idea of a character being able to bring others into their dream and sees a resurrected Freddy using that gift in order to get more victims. The victims are in no short supply either; as the film introduces several characters with little quirks, all of which serve as fodder for death scenes later in the film. The death scenes are imaginative and brought to life with great practical effects, which is very much the best aspect of the film. The film does manage a few really memorable moments (beach scene, roach kill etc). The soundtrack is a lot of fun and there's some really cheesy one liners which are sure to raise a laugh. Many of these come from the main antagonist, who is much more a comic book character here than in the preceeding films. I'd hardly call this film great horror, but it has its moments and goes down as a fine entry in the series.

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