Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master

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Director: Renny Harlin

Cast: Renny Harlin, Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Rodney Eastman

     
 

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This fourth trip down Freddy Lane was the most successful at the box-office, but although it has some impressive visuals, it is mostly an empty film. Credit must go to the effects team for some fine work, but otherwise, this entry from the director of Cutthroat Island (Renny Harlin) is extremely weak. Roland Kincaid falls asleep and awakens in the SpringwoodSee more details below

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This fourth trip down Freddy Lane was the most successful at the box-office, but although it has some impressive visuals, it is mostly an empty film. Credit must go to the effects team for some fine work, but otherwise, this entry from the director of Cutthroat Island (Renny Harlin) is extremely weak. Roland Kincaid falls asleep and awakens in the Springwood junkyard, where his dog -- named "Jason" in a sad foreshadowing of the film's giggly tone -- pees fire on Freddy's grave. The pyro-urinary baptism causes Krueger (Robert Englund) to reassemble from bones outward in an admittedly impressive sequence. Predictably, Freddy guts Kincaid, then appears in Joey's waterbed as a naked pinup girl (Hope-Marie Carlton) before slicing him to ribbons. And so it goes. The film has a few interesting ideas kicking around, but no real identification points. This is a video game, not a movie, and the characters seem to exist only in order to move the film from one effects sequence to another. There is a lot to be said for special effects, and the ones here are extraordinary and vivid. However, the wonderfully grim mood and subtle performances of Chuck Russell's outstanding third entry in the series are gone, abandoned by Harlin in favor of a splashy, comic book approach which would, unfortunately, dominate the series' later installments.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/1999
UPC:
0794043476631
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Englund Freddy Krueger
Lisa Wilcox Alice
Rodney Eastman Joey
Danny Hassel Danny
Andras Jones Rick
Tuesday Knight Kristen
Ken Sagoes Kincaid
Toy Newkirk Sheila
Brooke Theiss Debbie
Jeff Levine Actor
Nicholas Mele Johnson
Robert Shaye Actor
Linnea Quigley Soul from Freddy's Chest
John Beckman Coach
Brooke Bundy Elaine
Hope-Marie Carlton Pin Up Girl
Duane Davis Jock
Richard Garrison Doctor
Joanna Lipari Nurse
Jacquelyn Masche Joey's Mom
L.E. Moko Lecturer
Mickey Yablans Buddy in Locker Room

Technical Credits
Renny Harlin Director
Audrey M. Bansmer Costumes/Costume Designer
Kevin Benson Musical Direction/Supervision
Annette Benson Casting
Chris Biggs Special Effects
Jim Doyle Special Effects
Image Engineering Special Effects
Steven Fierberg Cinematographer
Screaming Mad George Makeup Special Effects
Brian Helgeland Original Story,Screenwriter
Dream Quest Images Special Effects
Magical Media Industries Makeup Special Effects
Steve Johnson Makeup,Makeup Special Effects
Michael Knue Editor
Karen Koch Associate Producer,Production Manager
William Kotzwinkle Screenwriter
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas A. O'Connor Art Director,Production Designer
William R. Perry Stunts
Scott Pierce Screenwriter
Debby Porter Stunts
D. Kerry Prior Special Effects
Sara Risher Executive Producer
Craig Safan Score Composer
Robert Shaye Producer
C.J. Strawn Production Designer
Mick Strawn Production Designer
Rachel Talalay Producer
Chuck Weiss Editor
Jim Wheat Screenwriter
Ken Wheat Screenwriter
Mary Ellen Woods Asst. Director
Kevin Yagher Makeup Special Effects

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