Every once in a while, it’s nice to return to a storied franchise to revisit characters you connected with in prior entries. You enjoy the charisma that a certain actor or actress brought to a character, and hope that the filmmakers are able to catch lightning in a bottle, once again.
Sometimes, it doesn’t quite work that way.
31 Days of Films and Frights – Day 13: A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 – The Dream Master
Freddy returns to torment the remaining survivors of The Dream Warriors, in hopes to eradicate them from ever having a chance to destroy him, once and for all.
For starters, the return of surviving characters from part 3, yet with the lead being recast from the perfect Patricia Arquette, is a drastic mistake. Tuesday Knight’s portrayal of Kristen Parker simply lacks any charisma, and fails to explore any added dimensions.
The return of gratuitous and formulaic elements that are all too common in many slasher films are here, as is the absolutely groaning one liners from Freddy. The fact that the bones of Freddy come back together by way of a dogs urine is reminiscent of the more ludicrous Friday the 13th sequels.
As with other entries in this franchise, they also forgo the continuity of the original and instead invent their own. In the original, when Freddy kills someone, the effects are seen in their reality. Not here. Also, Freddy resorts to comical ways to kill people, instead of the straight finger blades in the original.
The acting is about as ham-fisted as they come. The plot is rather predictable (the set up of the karate lesson in the beginning of the flick). There is zero suspense nor frights. Freddy is a laughable goof. The dialogues from Freddy are unneeded. The actions are just plain dumb (as Kristen burns in a bed of flames, everyone just sits and watches, instead of putting out the fire to prevent the house from burning down, let alone save a badly burned girl).