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Jamie Hunt’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
+/-It's clear that they wanted to churn out another Nightmare movie after the success of ANOES 3. There is little plot in this one, not even acknowledging the big reveal in the final act of the previous movie. It's never a good sign when a film is still writing the script while filming...
This makes the forth instalment truly all killer no filler. It delivers some of the most entertaininng kills of the franchise so far, my favourite being the bench press kill.
+/- Freddy is goofy here compared to the earlier films. We have reached the point where it is incredibly self-aware, even having a scene with Freddy wearing shades on the beach.
+/- The one-liners are awkward but kinda funny:
"It's his banquet and I'm the last course!"
"How's this for a wet dream?"
+The meatball pizza! This stuff is hilarious.
-Freddy is resurrected by a dog pissing on his grave? What?! I mean at least the practical effects are cool.
-Another flat ending in the franchise. The concept of Freddy dying as he sees his own reflection is dumb in my opinion. Again the practical effects are fun though.
-I hate the fact that it kills off all the best characters from the last film straight away...
Overall- The Dream Master is a major set back following Dream Warriors. The franchise takes a goofy approach, and lacks substance. There is some fun to be had with how ridiculous the death scenes are. It's all down from here...
DID YOU KNOW- This was the highest-grossing entry in the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" film franchise (not counting Freddy vs. Jason (2003)). It earned $49 million in the U.S.