A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master ★★★½

VHS HELL #64

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“Ayo, needledick! I bet you’re the only male in this school suffering from penis envy!”

Serious cheese, here. I can’t not love even the worst of the NOES franchise (aka, 4-6) even though they probably deserve it for being all-around tragic, because fortunately Robert Englund is a trooper and sticks with it through thick and thin, giving face and cringey one-liners throughout. And Freddy in drag? That’s got to be one of the biggest highlights of the series. There’s actually some pretty decent effect work here, with the bug transformation in particular, which is still serving me The Nest realness. The snapping elbows are also pretty dope - ouch - if goofily bloodless. I mean none of the characters are very likable, except maybe Dan because he’s a heartthrob, but that’s okay because they almost all die. 😬 Patricia Arquette is replaced by a cheap imitation, and the new characters are all but set up just to be slaughter fodder. Really the only reason to keep watching after Dream Warriors is for Freddy’s shenanigans. But that’s good enough for me tbh. 

“Wanna suck face!?” 

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