A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984-1994) Series Review

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A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4: THE DREAM MASTER
(1988, d. Renny Harlin, w. William Kotzwinkle, Brian Helgeland, Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat, Michael De Luca, Renny Harlin)

“Now resurrected by miracle of dog urine (in a dream, no less), Freddy returns for revenge. In short order, Kristen, Kincaid, and Joey are dispatched, making room for new Fair Hair Lead Alice (Lisa Wilcox) to step up to the chopping block. You see, before Kristen met her untimely (and rather lame) end, she “transferred” her “dream pulling” powers (I guess you’d call it) to timid Alice. Frumpy and shy, highschooler Alice is prone to daydreaming, especially about hunky jock Dan (Danny Hassel), who is friends with her kung fu obsessed brother Rick (Andras Jones). Rick is also the boyfriend of Freddy survivor Kristen (now played by Tuesday Knight, taking over for the non-returning Patricia Arquette; although the other original actors from “NOES 3″ do return as Kincaid and Joey). With the last of the Elm Street kids dead, Freddy now needs new victims. He uses Alice as a vessel to “pull” her friends into her dreams, thus allowing Freddy access to them. Man, being Alice’s friend sure sucks.”

ONE-SENTENCE SUMMARY: “With five dead teens to its credit, “NOES 4″ may actually be the bloodiest installment in the series yet.”

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