Film: A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
"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 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 Slasher Movie of the 80s. It was the most financially successful movie in the Nightmare series until Freddy vs. Jason came out.
Alice fantasizes about doing this to her father during one daydream.
Kristen does this to her mother when she realizes she's been given sleeping pills.
"No, Mother, you just murdered me. Take that to your goddamn therapy."
Chekhov's Gun: 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.
Continuity Nod: During a graveyard scene, viewers can clearly see the graves of Nancy and her father.
Cool Shades: Freddy puts on a pair during the beach scene.
Daydream Surprise: Some of Alice's fantasies are not revealed as daydreams until she snaps out of it.
Death by Irony: In Debbie's first scene she's shown to hate cockroaches, and she squashes one under her boot. Later on she gets turned into a cockroach by Freddy, who then crushes the roach motel she's trapped inside.
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 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.
Parental Neglect: 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 Kristen's death, since she put sleeping pills in Kristen's lemonade at dinner, leaving her easy prey for Freddy.