1988; Rated R; 92 Minutes
Directed by Renny
by DAVID KEYES
know, cultists consider Freddy Krueger to be an actual demon.
They believe that the movie screen film titled "A Nightmare
On Elm Street" is a reflection of his persona, and when
it was first released back in 1984, they greeted it with
was one of the few who really enjoyed the first "Nightmare"
film. It was the exact reflection of the thing that most
people fear: a person who chases them in their dreams. Then
came two sequels: "Freddy's Revenge" and "Dream Warriors,"
which still had the spark of the first film, but not in
one way compared to the pain and suffering audiences felt
with the first film.
now comes "The Dream Master," the fourth chapter of the
series, where Fred Krueger demonstrates to the fullest that
he was not made for sequels.
as once stated by Roger Ebert, come in two forms: the type
that people have, and the type that people make into movies.
For the basis of part one of this series, nothing can come
closer to the real thing. When you get to the point of part
four, however, you see a nightmare so erratic and unconvincing
that watching a Bob Ross painting show is more exciting.
I can't help but rate "The Dream Master" a terrible, terrible
film. It is so disconnected and crummy, you find yourself
laughing in ridiculousness instead of feeling fright. This
is a film that should be on Comedy Central.
up a year after three of the surviving teenagers laid Freddy
to rest, Freddy is mysteriously revived in an Elm Street
child's dream by flaming dog urine, and he finally gets
his revenge by killing the rest of the Elm Street children.
The young girl who survived part 3, however, gives her power
to bring people into her dream to her best friend. This
girl, being afraid of Freddy, accidentally brings in her
other friends, who are brutally killed in their dreams.
When each one dies, she inherits their special abilities
(like strength, karate, etc.) until she has enough force
to oppose Freddy in his dreamland. Calling herself the 'Dream
Master,' she eventually sends Freddy back to the infernal
world of hell.
you have it—the simple, thin plot. No excitement, no entertainment,
and no sense of direction. They would have done better just
by pausing the movie and making us watch the paused figure
for two hours.
one thing keeps this film from plummeting into the zero
star pit, and that is the fact that this "Dream Master"
has an intriguing mirror in her bedroom, filled with pictures
of her best friends. When one dies, she takes his or her
picture off, each time, seeing more of herself (metaphorically
speaking), and when they are all gone, she sees the whole
picture, and she's powerful enough to end Krueger's rage.
lousy, boring--however you would like to phrase it--I really
can't see anyone liking this movie. Freddy has reached the
point where when you turn on the set, you are not scared,
your the type of person who loves even the worst of horror
movies, I think you will also agree that this one is worthless.
it at your own risk.....
1998, David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org.
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