A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

Although it’s aged poorly and has lost much of its sheen over the years, this fourth entry in the blockbuster series definitely has its moments. There are a variety of fascinating and well-executed set pieces that rank as some of the series-best, like the waterbed sequence and the Roach Motel attack scene, and its characters are surprisingly likable and engaging. Tuesday Knight, reprising Patricia Arquette’s role from the previous entry, doesn’t have Arquette’s magnetic severity but everyone else seems comfortable in their roles. Thirty years following its release, it’s impossible not to notice that the movie often plays like it was shot for television, but the crackerjack climax is worth the admission price on its own.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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