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->''"Now I lay me down to sleep''\\
''The Master of Dreams my soul will keep''\\
''In the reflection of my mind's eye''\\
''Evil will see itself, and it shall die"''
-->-- The Dream Master rhyme

'''''A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master''''' is the fourth ''[[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Nightmare On Elm Street]]'' film, released in the year 1988.

Despite the Dream Warriors' best efforts, Freddy Krueger returns from his grave to continue invading the dreams of others. After quickly dispatching the survivors of the last film, Freddy makes Kristen involuntarily pass her dream abilities on her schoolmate Alice, so that he can extent his cruelty past Elm Street. Alice now has to find a way to defeat Freddy before she loses all of her friends and loved ones.

Critical reception to the film was mixed, but it did so well on the box office it became the most successful SlasherMovie of the 80s. It was the most financially successful movie in the ''Nightmare'' series until ''Film/FreddyVsJason'' came out.

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!!This film has the examples of:

* AbusiveParents: Alice's dad is a mean drunk. [[spoiler:He [[CharacterDevelopment gets better]] in ''The Dream Child''.]]
* AdultsAreUseless: Example being Kristen's mother Elaine, whose uselessness [[spoiler:gets her daughter killed.]]
* AliceAllusion: Freddy welcomes Alice to the "wonderland" when they come face to face at the church.
* AllYourPowersCombined: Alice can absorb the abilities of her fallen friends, leading to her becoming something of a martial arts-wielding GadgeteerGenius. This also means she [[MySignificanceSenseIsTingling instantly knows when someone's died]]. These abilities are absent in the next sequel. [[spoiler: Maybe because Jacob was being used as a buffer.]]
* BadassBoast: After Freddy heals a nasty hole through his chest:
-->"I... am... eternal."
* BalefulPolymorph: Freddy turns [[spoiler:Debbie]] into a giant, helpless cockroach and then crushes her.
* BetweenMyLegs: Shown when Freddy and Kristen meet each other in the boiler room.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: [[spoiler:Kincaid witnesses Freddy's resurrection, and is first one to die]].
* BloodstainedGlassWindows: The final battle takes place in a church.
* BondGunBarrel: Parodied on [[http://www.movieposterdb.com/posters/07_10/1988/95742/l_95742_f344fb06.jpg one of the British posters]]. It even includes TheNameIsBondJamesBond line.
* BringIt: Freddy does this to Alice.
-->"You've got their powers. I've got their souls. Come on!"
* CallingTheOldManOut:
** Alice fantasizes about doing this to her father during one daydream.
** Kristen does this to her mother when [[spoiler:she realizes she's been given sleeping pills]].
-->"[[spoiler:No, Mother, you just murdered me. Take that to your goddamn therapy.]]"
* ChekhovsGun: Alice tells Kristen that reciting the Dream Master rhyme helps you control your dreams, but she herself has forgotten it. In the climax, the spirits of Freddy's victims help her recite it to defeat him.
* ClimacticBattleResurrection: Freddy kills people. [[ItsALongStory He gets their souls, but Alice gets their powers.]] Alone, the victims were unable to defeat Freddy, but, with [[AllYourPowersCombined all their powers combined]], Alice is able to lay the [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} smackdown]] on Freddy to the point where all of the souls inside of him revolt and tear him apart.
* ContinuityNod: During a graveyard scene, viewers can clearly see [[spoiler:the graves of Nancy and her father]].
* CoolShades: Freddy puts on a pair during the beach scene.
* CradlingYourKill: [[FauxAffablyEvil Mocked by Freddy]] after he guts one of his victims with his claw. After [[GiveMyRegardsInTheNextWorld wishing the victim off to the afterlife]], he holds him in his arms and pats him on the back of his head.
* CreatorCameo:
** Series producer Robert Shaye appears as a teacher.
** Director Renny Harlin appears sitting in a classroom.
* CreepyCockroach: [[spoiler:Debbie]], who hates roaches, [[BalefulPolymorph is turned into one]] in her nightmare and is then trapped in a roach motel.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: After coming back, Freddy [[spoiler:kills Kincaid and Joey before taking on Kristen]].
* DaydreamSurprise: Some of Alice's fantasies are not revealed as daydreams until she snaps out of it.
* DeadStarWalking: Despite Tuesday Knight getting second billing after Robert Englund, [[spoiler:Kristen dies about twenty minutes into the movie]].
* DeathByIrony: In Debbie's first scene she's shown to hate cockroaches, and she squashes one under her boot. [[spoiler: Later on she gets turned into a cockroach by Freddy, who then crushes the roach motel she's trapped inside.]]
* DecoyProtagonist: Kristen.
* DestinationDefenestration: Alice and Dan enter the dream-church by being dropped through its stained glass windows by Freddy.
* DisguisedInDrag: When Kristen falls asleep in the school nurse's office, Freddy disguises himself as the nurse to mess with her, before reverting back to his nightmare form.
* DivideAndConquer: Freddy disposes of [[spoiler:the Dream Warriors]] this way.
-->"This time, you're alone."
* DoWithHimAsYouWill: [[spoiler:At the end Alice uses her powers to awaken all of Freddy's devoured souls, who rip him apart from within.]]
* DownInTheDumps: Freddy's grave resides in the junkyard, and that's the place of his return.
* TheEndOrIsIt: [[spoiler:Alice sees a reflection of Freddy on a fountain before the surface is disturbed.]]
* {{Epigraph}}: The film opens on a quote from Literature/TheBible, specifically from Job IV, 13-14:
-->When deep sleep falleth on men, fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.
* EroticDream: Joey tries to have one, but is interrupted by Freddy bursting through his waterbed.
-->'''Freddy:''' How's this for a wet dream?
* FinalGirl: Alice Johnson.
* FreezeFrameBonus: During the beach scene, there is a half-second frame when the sand castle briefly turns into the Elm St. house before exploding.
* GoingInCircles: Freddy has the FinalGirl running in circles as he stalks another victim, which gives the FinalGirl's boyfriend a sense of Deja Vu.
* GroundHogDayLoop: Freddy traps Alice and Dan in a looping dream so that he can kill [[spoiler:their friend Debbie]] undisturbed. They eventually catch on, but it's already too late by then.
* HeelRealization: Alice's father, Dennis, in response to [[spoiler:Rick's death]].
-->"I don't want to lose you. We're all we have."
* HiddenDepths:
** Alice is a meek daydreamer who fantasizes about telling her alcoholic father off and asking hunky jock Dan Jordan out. By the movie's end, Alice has grown as a character and no longer relies on simply fantasizing about what she wants to do.
** Debbie, a punk girl with her own weight equipment who does bad in school...and also likes to watch ''Series/{{Dynasty}}'', is terrified of cockroaches, and is friends with brainy girl Sheila and sticks up for her. When Sheila dies, you can tell from Debbie's voice she's trying her best not to break down.
* HisQuirkLivesOn: Alice starts to take on personality traits of her friends as they're picked off by Freddy.
* ImagineSpot: Alice has a habit of daydreaming.
* ImNotAfraidOfYou: Subverted in this bit:
-->[[spoiler:'''Debbie:''']] I don't believe in you!
-->'''Freddy:''' I believe in you. ''(breaks her arms)''
* {{Invisibility}}: Freddy turns himself invisible to beat [[spoiler:Rick]] to death. When he fights back and causes Freddy to lose his glove, Freddy just levitates it and propels it at him, killing him anyway.
* KissOfDeath: During her nightmare, Freddy kisses [[spoiler:Sheila]] and leaves her a withered husk, causing her to have a fatal asthma attack in the real world.
* LastOfHisKind: Kristen, Kincaid and Joey are all that remain of the kids of the adults who killed Freddy. [[spoiler:Freddy kills all three and ensures he'll be able to reach new victims]].
* LecherousLicking: Freddy wags his tongue out to [[spoiler:Sheila]] shortly before he kills her.
* LockAndLoadMontage: Alice suits herself up with articles of clothing that belonged to her dead friends before going off to fight Freddy.
* MurderByCremation: Freddy kills [[spoiler:Kristen]] by throwing her into a boiler.
* MrImagination: Alice spent a lot of time in daydreams.
* NoBodyLeftBehind: [[spoiler:After Alice defeats Freddy he disappears, leaving behind only his clothes. Alice kicks away the glove for good measure.]]
* NoSell: Alice begins the final fight by throwing everything she has on Freddy, but he just laughs it off.
* NowILayMeDownToSleep: The Dream Master rhyme is a variation of this.
* PainfulTransformation: How does Freddy transform [[spoiler: Debbie]] into a cockroach? By breaking off her arms and then [[TearOffYourFace forcing her to rip her face]] off to reveal the insect parts underneath.
* ParentalNeglect: Elaine Parker shrugs off Kristen's attitude to a lack of sleep, even though her daughter had just lost two close friends in one day, friends she only recently saw. Elaine's pretty much responsible for [[spoiler:Kristen's death, since she put sleeping pills in Kristen's lemonade at dinner, leaving her easy prey for Freddy.]]
* PowerCopying: Alice gains the powers and [[HisQuirkLivesOn quirks]] from her friends killed by Freddy.
* QuicksandSucks: Kristen finds herself trapped in the beach dream when the sand beneath her tyrns into quicksand. Freddy places his foot on her head, and pushes her down.
* SeeYouInHell: When [[spoiler:Kincaid]]'s fatally stabbed by Freddy's glove, [[spoiler:Kincaid]] says "I'll see you in hell!" Freddy, with his characteristically dark humor, replies with "[[GiveMyRegardsInTheNextWorld Tell 'em Freddy sent you!]]"
* SequelNonEntity: Dr. Neil Gordon, who knew about Freddy and survived the last movie. Justified because [[spoiler:the characters he knew are quickly killed]] and the new characters never met him.
* SkywardScream: After Kincaid witnesses Freddy's resurrection in the car graveyard dream, he tries to escape but is then cornered. He screams towards the sky, trying to signal his friends that Freddy is back, as the camera pans out to reveal that the graveyard covers the whole planet.
* SoulFragment: Freddy Krueger manipulates Kristen into giving her powers (which allow her to pull others into her dreams) to her friend Alice as she dies. This allows Freddy to use Alice's dreams to stalk new victims (he could previously only get at the ones whose parents killed him), and he starts killing off all her friends. It takes Alice a while to realize it, but a small part of each victim stays with her; she starts talking and acting like her dead friends and even develops some of their skills. This grants her [[TookALevelInBadass a level in badass]].
-->'''Freddy Krueger:''' You've got their powers, I've got their souls. [[BringIt Come on!]]
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: [[spoiler:Kincaid, Joey, and Kristen all die within the first 30 minutes of this movie after narrowly surviving the previous one.]]
* TorsoWithAView: Happens to Freddy via a laser beam shot by Alice. He fixes himself up with just a wave of his hand.
* UnwittingPawn: Alice doesn't immediately realize that Freddy is using her to get to new victims.
-->[[OhCrap "Maybe Freddy can't get to the new kids unless there's someone to bring him to 'em."]]
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