A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

(Renny Harlin, USA, 1988)


If you think the sight of a teenage girl preparing to combat the evil "dream master" Freddy Krueger by strapping onto her body various tokens of her dead friends is silly and/or hilarious, you are in no position to appreciate this sometimes quite remarkable teen-horror film.

Director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, 1990) handles the shocks and gags typical of the Elm Street series with great verve, adding a salutary seriousness and intensity.

MORE Harlin: Cliffhanger, Exorcist: The Beginning, The Long Kiss Goodnight

MORE Freddy: Wes Craven's New Nightmare, Freddy vs. Jason

© Adrian Martin November 1992

Film Critic: Adrian Martin
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