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A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 (1986)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Renny Harlin

Starring:
Robert Englund/Freddy
Lisa Wilcox/Alice
Andras Jones/Rick
Tuesday Knight/Kristen
PLOT-CRUNCH
Freddy (Englund) comes back to life via dog urine and hops back on the slaughter bandwagon. But this time he faces his most challenging foe...The Dream Master???
THE LOWDOWN
Robert Englund (Freddy) is first billed here and rightly so: he is the star. Dream Master finishes off what Dream Warriors started by giving Freddy the spotlight. This is the MTV Nightmare sequel. Springwood looks like a town straight out of the 50’s but with lots of bright colors, the directing is very flashy, the soundtrack bombards us with pop/rock songs and Freddy is as scary as an MTV host. Freddy has twice as many one-liners than he had in Dream Warriors, without a doubt this is his movie.

This flick is all about style over substance. I mean half of it doesn’t make any sense. How the hell can dog urine resurrect Freddy? How can Alice collect her friend’s strength when they pass away? I know she inherited Kristen’s gift but Kristen never collected shite! How can Alice burst a window with her scream in the real world? How can Freddy leave his claw mark on the lockers when he hasn’t been resurrected yet? How did Dan and Alice wind up in the truck accident? I mean she was asleep at her house and he was waiting for her at the diner. They’re whole meeting was a dream. I know these things don’t mean much, I know its just a movie but hey, this is my job.

The end fight between Alice and Freddy is ok but man with the budget they had they could have given Lisa Wilcox more martial arts lesson instead of having that stuntman in a wig pop in for the kool kicks. Kind of ruined it for me. Another thing is the way Freddy is defeated, what a let down, I still don’t get it. I’m sure Freddy’s seen himself in a mirror before, he’s not that ugly!

The flick also does another fatal mistake by dispatching of the remaining Dream Warriors way too easily, what was Part 3 for? At least have them die with dignity!

Now don’t get me wrong, they’re some things to like here. The strength of the film definitely lies in the hands of it’s main protagonist: Alice’s (Wilcox) growth throughout the film is very interesting, she’s without a doubt one of the more developed character to grace Elm Street. In my book she makes the film cause she gives us somebody to root for. The flick also looks very slick, moves swiftly and Freddy is pretty funny (love the pizza scene). One murder sequence stands out (bug girl), the cast of teens is very likeable and the pop/rock songs are good. But where are the scares? Not here.
GORE
The film’s highlight is Brooke Theiss turning into a coach roach, gooey fun times. Apart from that, not much.
ACTING
Robert Englund (Freddy) spits those one-liners with class, he should consider a stand up career. Lisa Wilcox (Alice) does good and interprets all the stages Alice goes through with heart and credibility. Andras Jones (Rick) rocks, he’s got goofy charm but he’s no Bruce Lee. Tuesday Knight (Kristen) does fine as Patricia Arquette’s successor but at one point she smokes a cigarette she didn’t even light. Brooke Theiss (Debbie) does what she has to do, looks great in tights and has the most memorable death sequence. Danny Hassel (Dan) lets his hair do most of the acting…great acting. Ken Sagoes (Kincaid) and Rodney Eastman (Joey) return long enough to die pathetic deaths. Brooke Bundy (Elaine Parker) also returns to give another one of her classic "on delay" line…fun.
T & A
A naked girl inside a water bed (Hope Marie Carlton) showing her tatas.
DIRECTING
I felt that Harlin tried to cover up the weak script with extra layers of gloss: crazy angles, wild lighting (lots of green), slow motion and fluid camera movements. Harlin doesn’t hold back and earns that Die Hard 2 gig.
SOUNDTRACK
Tuesday Knight sings the opening credit song (good stuff) and pop rock songs from: Vinnie Vincent, Fat Boys etc.
BOTTOM LINE
This sequel was the biggest Elm Street earner (over 49 million$$). It raked in the cash and pleased the masses. But I know a few horror fans (me included) who felt betrayed and cheated. I’ve seen "Hunter" episodes scarier than this flick. This fourth installment is a pleasant, funny and easy viewing but it doesn’t deliver any of the goods I was looking for: Horror, fear, scares and intelligence. At least Freddy got to rap with the Fat Boys (funny video).
BULL'S EYE
A cut out scene: Alice’s father’s head (held by Freddy) come through a wall.

Brooke Theiss (Debbie) co-starred with Heather Langenkamp in the sitcom: Just The Ten Of Us.
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10:22AM on 03/29/2011
This was the 2nd Elm Street flick I'd ever seen, (part 2 was the first) and I love it just as much now as I did 20 years ago.

Sure, there are a few plotholes but I'm someone who easily lets it go for the sake of entertainment. The acting was decent (Andras, Lisa and Tuesday being my favorites after Robert), and the bug effect was gnarly.

4 stars out of 5 for this film.

Oh, and it's listed as being released in 1986. Just so you know.
This was the 2nd Elm Street flick I'd ever seen, (part 2 was the first) and I love it just as much now as I did 20 years ago.

Sure, there are a few plotholes but I'm someone who easily lets it go for the sake of entertainment. The acting was decent (Andras, Lisa and Tuesday being my favorites after Robert), and the bug effect was gnarly.

4 stars out of 5 for this film.

Oh, and it's listed as being released in 1986. Just so you know.
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3:12PM on 05/02/2010
Some weird ass plot holes, but effortlessly entertaining with awesome effects and gore. One thing the Nightmare flicks have always been good at doing is creating likable characters. Most slashers can barely handle one good character, most of Freddy's kiddies end up being likable and you dont always want them the die. This entry has the most likable cast imo.
Some weird ass plot holes, but effortlessly entertaining with awesome effects and gore. One thing the Nightmare flicks have always been good at doing is creating likable characters. Most slashers can barely handle one good character, most of Freddy's kiddies end up being likable and you dont always want them the die. This entry has the most likable cast imo.
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2:47PM on 03/10/2010

There`s not much story here but thanks to a visual style from director Renny Harlin makes it entertaining.

Of course, it is a bit of a step-down, after "A Nightmare on Elm Street 3:Dream Warriors". But... it is far from boring and visual effects are the stand-out in this fourth "Elm Street" movie.

There`s some likeable performances here, especially from Lisa Wilcox as Alice. Director Harlin does have an visual look for the movie. I do love the Movie Theater sequence. Also an fun battle sequence between Alice and Freddy.

There`s a bit too much wisecracks from Freddy (Robert Englund) here
Of course, it is a bit of a step-down, after "A Nightmare on Elm Street 3:Dream Warriors". But... it is far from boring and visual effects are the stand-out in this fourth "Elm Street" movie.

There`s some likeable performances here, especially from Lisa Wilcox as Alice. Director Harlin does have an visual look for the movie. I do love the Movie Theater sequence. Also an fun battle sequence between Alice and Freddy.

There`s a bit too much wisecracks from Freddy (Robert Englund) here (Again, only a few of them are funny). The premise is somewhat weak. There`s an few memorable unintentional laughs as well for a few visual moments (Like the Dog pissing Fire!).

Overall, it`s a good entertaining sequel until "Wes Craven`s New Nightmare" got made.
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11:31PM on 10/12/2009

Light comedy. May frighten small children.

This movie is fun as long as you are prepared to accept a stupid script, a plot that makes little sense and lines that are so cheesy you have to rewind and hear them again.
Pour yourself a strong one and don't think too hard about it, and you could have a blast.
This movie is fun as long as you are prepared to accept a stupid script, a plot that makes little sense and lines that are so cheesy you have to rewind and hear them again.
Pour yourself a strong one and don't think too hard about it, and you could have a blast.
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4:10PM on 01/21/2009
Nightmare is getting extremely repetitive, Freddy is still going after the kids of Elm Street because he wants to kill all their relatives and cousins second removed granddaughters and enough already.
Nightmare is getting extremely repetitive, Freddy is still going after the kids of Elm Street because he wants to kill all their relatives and cousins second removed granddaughters and enough already.
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+2
1:06AM on 10/14/2008

I Love It!

This is good ol fun time watch with a group of friends on halloween Horror Movie. The kills are straight to the point. The characters are slick and the soundtrack kicks ass. Playing Dramarama not once but TWICE gave me goosebumps and want to root for the GOOD guy instead of freddy for once. Nightmares are goofy yet original. I Love em!!! 2nd fav after the first!
This is good ol fun time watch with a group of friends on halloween Horror Movie. The kills are straight to the point. The characters are slick and the soundtrack kicks ass. Playing Dramarama not once but TWICE gave me goosebumps and want to root for the GOOD guy instead of freddy for once. Nightmares are goofy yet original. I Love em!!! 2nd fav after the first!
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3:55AM on 05/17/2007

Should have been released by Disney!

Last weekend i bought the full Nightmare on Elm Street box set (5 cant go wrong)
Working my way through the films i watched this one last night for the first time.. F*ck me man what the hell is this.. none of it makes sense (dog piss bit for a start), Freddy is as scary as Count Duckula, kills are lame... in fact i think the only kill which shows any blood is the waterbed an thats just cause its in the water! ... i could go on an on.. the acting was relativly competent though.. thats about
Last weekend i bought the full Nightmare on Elm Street box set (5 cant go wrong)
Working my way through the films i watched this one last night for the first time.. F*ck me man what the hell is this.. none of it makes sense (dog piss bit for a start), Freddy is as scary as Count Duckula, kills are lame... in fact i think the only kill which shows any blood is the waterbed an thats just cause its in the water! ... i could go on an on.. the acting was relativly competent though.. thats about it..

what have i got in store for me when i watch 5 & 6.. not much i dont think!

Yes Freddy.. your right its not Dr Zeus! But he probably could have put out a better effort!
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8:15PM on 10/02/2006
This movie is essentially a special effects show. The story is weak and the acting is lame, but man, I really dug the special effects. I also didn't like how they got rid of all the characters I got to know in 3 in the first act of the film. It seemed disrespectful to fans to just off them like that. Still, it's probably the best thing Renny Harlin's ever directed, which isn't saying much.
This movie is essentially a special effects show. The story is weak and the acting is lame, but man, I really dug the special effects. I also didn't like how they got rid of all the characters I got to know in 3 in the first act of the film. It seemed disrespectful to fans to just off them like that. Still, it's probably the best thing Renny Harlin's ever directed, which isn't saying much.
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