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

USA, UK, 1988
35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
stereo, English

An American/British horror film directed by Renny Harlin.

Plot Summary

Freddy Kreuger is revived by a demonic dog urinating on his grave and he sets off in search of the three survivors of his last rampage, slaughtering them in their dreams. He then turns his attentions to their friends.


Directed by: Renny Harlin
© MCMLXXXVIII [1988] The Fourth New Line-Heron Venture
New Line Cinema, Heron Communications Inc. and Smart Egg Pictures present a Robert Shaye production. A Renny Harlin film
Executive Producers: Sara Risher, Stephen Diener
Produced by: Robert Shaye, Rachel Talalay
Associate Producer: Karen Koch
Screenplay by: Brian Helgeland, Scott Pierce [real name: Jim Wheat and Ken Wheat]
Story by: William Kotzwinkle, Brian Helgeland
Based on Characters Created by: Wes Craven
Director of Photography: Steven Fierberg
Edited by: Michael N. Knue, Chuck Weiss
Music Composed by: Craig Safan
Production Mixer: Nicholas Allen
Costume Designer: Audrey Bansmer
Key Make-up : Suzanne Parker Saunders
Key Hair: Teresa Austin
Freddy Krueger Makeup by: Kevin Yagher
Makeup Effects by: Steve Johnson, Screaming Mad George, Magical Media Industries Inc., R. Christopher Biggs
Mechanical Special Effects by: Image Engineering
Special Visual Effects by: Dream Quest Images
Production Designers: Mick Strawn, C.J. Strawn
Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA; San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, USA; Valencia, California, USA [all uncredited]

Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger)
Rodney Eastman (Joey [Crusel])
Danny Hassel (Dan [Jordan])
Andras Jones (Rick [Johnson])
Tuesday Knight (Kristen [Parker])
Ken Sagoes (Roland [Kincaid])
Lisa Wilcox (Alice [Johnson])
Brooke Bundy (Elaine [Parker])
Nicholas Mele ([Dennis] Johnson)
Toy Newkirk (Sheila [Kopecky])
Brooke Theiss (Debbie [Stevens])
John Beckman (coach)
Kisha Brackel (friend)
Wanda Bursey (friend in mourning)
Hope Marie Carlton (pin up girl)
Kristen Clayton (little girl)
Duane Davis (jock)
Richard Garrison (doctor)
Jeff Levine (paramedic)
Joanna Lipari (nurse)

Alternative Titles

Le cauchemar de Freddy – France
Koszmar z ulicy Wiazowej 4 – Poland
Nightmare IV: il non risveglio – Italy
Nightmare On Elm Street 4 – West Germany
Painajainen Elm Streetillä 4 – Unien valtias – Finland
Pesadelo em Elm Street 4 – Portugal
Pesadilla 4 – Argentina
Pesadilla en Elm Street 4 – Spain
Pesadilla en la calle del infierno 4 – Venezuela
Terror på Elm Street 4 – Sweden
Terror på Elm street 4: Freddys mardröm – Sweden

Sequel to
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child (1989)
Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
New Nightmare (1994)
Freddy Vs. Jason (2003)

Extracts included in
The Making of Nightmare on Elm Street IV (1989)
Meet Bob Shaye (2004)



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