A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master finally gave Freddy a worthy opponent to fight. Even if that opponent is a girl who can control dreams just like Freddy can. After Freddy Krueger was laid to rest at the end of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, he’s revived in the most ridiculous way possible. Thus giving him a chance to kill the surviving Elm Street children. His only problem is, he can’t kill anyone else, because they’re the only dreams he can access.
So Freddy tricks Kristen (the girl who can bring people into her dreams) into bringing someone new into her dream. That’s where Alice comes in. Alice has the ability to control her dreams. She receives Kristen’s abilities as well as her friend’s personality traits. That makes her the titular “Dream master.” Much like a certain hockey mask sporting slasher’s 7th movie, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master was originally meant to be the crossover. Since it didn’t happen, they ended up with a dream rival instead.
SPOILER ALERT! Alice is the final girl and she makes an impression on the franchise. Coming into her own and engaging in an intense final confrontation with Freddy. My only complaint would be the hard to place tone. Freddy still acts silly (he actually wears sunglasses on a sunny beach), but the kills feel colder. Like having him exploit a girl’s asthma and turning a girl into a cockroach. The nudity is balanced though. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master is a serviceable showdown with a bizarre payoff.