Friday, June 3, 2016
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
Sometimes, a movie can have a stupid moment or two, but you can still say the rest of the movie was OK. Then, there are such wrong-headed, disastrous moments in a movie, that no matter what else occurs, the entire enterprise is scuttled beyond repair. It's in that vein I present to you A Nightmare on Elm Street 4.
And the scary part is, there's actually something even worse than the dog pee. The problem is deciding which something. Is it when Freddy attacks a girl on the sunny beach, his finger knives breaking the surface of the water like a shark fin, and he jumps out and puts on a pair of sunglasses? Maybe it's the moment he has a pizza with the souls of his victims transformed into toppings, and he takes a bite out of a meatball and goes, "I just love soul food." Maybe it's the rap Robert Englund performs over the end credits.
The plot is filled with more contradictory nonsense the writers pulled out of their asses. Freddy is now some kind of evil dream master guarding some sort of gate, and our protagonist Alice (Lisa Wilcox) is his good counterpart, whatever that all means. I haven't a clue. Alice gets the power to pull people into her dreams from the hero of Part 3, Kristen (Tuesday Knight replacing Patricia Arquette), just before Kristen goes under the glove, and now Freddy needs Alice to bring others into her dreams so he can continue killing because all the Elm Street children are dead now. Why he doesn't just invade their dreams, I don't know.
Freddy himself is at his least frightening nor is he especially funny, although I can tell he's supposed to be. Director Renny Harlin's direction is slick, but he captures little atmosphere and doesn't create the sense of being trapped in a nightmare. This movie is silly without being much fun.