REVIEW: FREDDY’S NIGHTMARES – SEASON 1 & 2

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MAIN CAST

Robert Englund (Wishmaster)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Lar Park-Lincoln (Friday The 13th – Part VII)
Yvette Nipar (Robocop: The Series)
Lori Petty (Tank Girl)
Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU)
Shiri Appleby (Roswell)
Joyce Hyser (The Flash 90s)
Sarah Buxton (Little Children)
George Lazenby (Winter Break)
Andrew Prine (V)
Jeremy Roberts (Hercules: TLJ)
Brad Pitt (Fight Club)
Bill Moseley (Army of Darkness)
Jeffrey Combs (Gotham)
Eva LaRue (CSI: Miami)
Dick Miller (Gremlins)
Jeff Conaway (Babylon 5)
Charles Cyphers (Halloween)
Anne Lockhart (Battlestar Galactica)
Kyle Chandler (Supoer 8)
Tracey Walter (Batman)
Jeff Yagher (V)
Marc Alaimo (Star Trek: DS9)
Sherman Howard (Superboy)
Christine Belford (Wonder Woman TV)
Sandhal Bergman (Conan The Barbarian)
Clifton Collins Jr. (Westworld)
Morris Chestnut(Kick-Ass 2)
Penny Johnson Jerald (Star Trek: DS9)
Raymond Cruz (My Name Is Earl)

Image result for FREDDY'S NIGHTMARESBased on the popular horror series, Freddy’s Nightmares was a Tales From The Crypt style anthology/spin off which focused on a series of events that people would find themselves in when they went to sleep from embarrassing situations to terrifying blood curdling nightmares, which they sometimes did not wake up from.Image result for FREDDY'S NIGHTMARESThe master behind all these nightmares was none other than Freddy himself, who would narrate every now & then throughout the episodes, an interesting theme & idea the series had which lifted it up above many similar anthologies, was to basically have two episodes in one, in which the the survivor of the first half of the episode would meet his or her death in the second half, usually friends or family members of the characters that have died in the first half. While other episodes featured characters from another episode popping up in others (most of which met their demises in the follow up episodes).

Image result for FREDDY'S NIGHTMARESDespite his many brief pop up appearances, Freddy was the main focus of a few episodes such as The pilot episode No More Mr. Nice Guy(Directed by Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s own Tobe Hooper!! & my personal favorite out of all the ones Freddy was in) which was a prequel set before the original Nightmare on elm Street,  where Freddy due to an unjust law system was set free after murdering a series of  little children, outraged, the parents decide to take the law into their own hands including a police officer, who’s twin daughters were on the verge of death when he saved them & arrested Freddy. Burned alive in his boiler room, he returned as a badly burned boogeyman to kill & torture some of those responsible for his execution, this episode was very entertaining bringing back the creepy nightmarish monster of the original, rather than the jokey character he later became in parts 3 & up. It’s second half, Sisters Keeper was also pretty decent, other episodes Freddy appeared in were, Freddys Tricks & Treats, Safe Sex, Photo Finish, Dreams Come True, It’s My Party & You’ll Die If I Want You Too!Image result for FREDDY'S NIGHTMARESThe last episode I mentioned which was both scary & hilarious when Freddy decides to attend his class reunion, killing off all of his graduating class including the pretty girl who stood him up & best of all we even got to see Freddy’s nerdish pal from high school!. Another great thing about the series was it’s many familiar acting faces such as Brad Pitt, Dick Miller, and many others.  All in all if you ever get a chance to view the episodes, I do recommend them. A lot of them weren’t great, but unlike Friday The 13th: The Series, at least this had the character from the movies in them & connected to the movies, rather than being in name only, with the humorous Freddy character actually playing better on the small screen than he did on the big screen & a few episodes were actually better than many of the Nightmare sequels!

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REVIEW: FREDDY VS JASON

CAST

Robert Englund (A Nightmare On Elm Street)
Ken Kirzinger (Stan Helsing)
Kelly Rowland (Empire)
Monica Keena (The Devil’s Advocate)
Jason Ritter (Girls)
Chris Marquette (Fanboys)
Brendan Fletcher (News Movie)
Katharine Isabelle (American Mary)
Lochlyn Munro (Little Man)
Kyle Labine (Grand Star)
Tom Butler (Blade: The Series)
David Kopp (Romeo Must Die)
Zack Ward (Transformers)
Garry Chalk (Arrow)
Evangeline Lilly (Lost)
Chris Gauthier (Earthsea)

Freddy Krueger is trapped in Hell, it’s 2003 and 4 years after the events and time of the sixth film and due to the fact the teenage residents of his town of Springwood, Ohio have forgotten about him, rendering him powerless, he can no longer return to Springwood, because there’s no fear of him left in the entire town. He “can’t come back if nobody’s afraid”, so, under the guise of Jason Voorhees’ mother, Freddy manipulates Jason, who he’d been looking for over a period of time to do so, into killing the teenage residents of Springwood, hoping the mass fear will restore his powers. Since the residents of Springwood were terrorized by him and not Jason, Freddy reasons, the fear will be directed towards him, giving him more power than ever hoped for. His plan succeeds and Freddy is allowed to return.

Lori Campbell now lives with her widowed father at 1428 Elm Street. Her friends Kia, Gibb, Trey, and Blake, spend the night, and Jason kills Trey by stabbing him in the back, before folding him in half with the mattress. The gruesomeness of the murder and the fact it happened in bed cause police to speculate Freddy was responsible. Later, Blake has a nightmare about Freddy, and awakens to find his beheaded father sitting beside him before Jason appears and kills Blake as well. The next day, the police blame the murders on Blake, who they say committed suicide.
Lori’s ex-boyfriend Will Rollins and his friend Mark Davis, are patients at Westin Hills Psychiatric Hospital, forced to take Hypnocil to suppress their dreams. After seeing a news report on the murders, Mark devises a plan, and the two escape. He and Will return to Springwood, where Mark informs Lori and the others about Freddy. Mark later learns of the city’s plan to erase Freddy by making the population forget about him and realizes he may have ruined their plan. That night, Lori and the others attend a rave at a cornfield. A drunken Gibb believes she sees Trey and follows him to a silo, which turns out to be a dream trap set by Freddy. As Freddy is about to kill Gibb, Jason, who has arrived at the rave to slaughter partygoers, kills her in the real world. An enraged Freddy realizes Jason will not stop stealing his potential victims.

Linderman, a classmate who has a crush on Lori, and stoner Freeburg escape the rave unharmed along with Lori, and Kia. Lori confronts her father about her mother’s death and traps him in a lie. She and Will go to Mark’s house, only to find him being attacked by Freddy, who slashes his face with his bladed gloves. Deputy Stubbs suspects there is a copycat of Jason murderer, but his suspicions fall on deaf ears. He approaches Lori and her friends, who piece together Freddy’s plan. Learning of the Hypnocil, they decide to steal some from Westin Hills, but Freddy possesses Freeburg and disposes of the drugs. After electrocuting Stubbs, Jason is tranquilized by the Freddy-possessed Freeburg, whom Jason cuts in half before succumbing to the drugs.

The teens devise a plan to pull Freddy from the dream world and force the two killers to battle each other. They take the unconscious Jason to Crystal Lake; and should he defeat Freddy there, he’ll already be back home and will not come after the teens. Meanwhile, Freddy battles Jason in the dream world, and upon discovering Jason’s fear of water uses it to pull him into a nightmare of his drowning as a child. Lori enters the dream world to retrieve Freddy, saving Jason in the process. Enraged, Freddy attacks Lori, and reveals he was the one who killed her mother. In the real world, Jason awakens and chases the others into a cabin. Jason pushes Linderman into a shelf bracket and he is mortally wounded. The cabin catches fire, and Lori’s hand is dragged through flames, causing her to wake up and pull Freddy from her dream into the real world. Jason begins to fight Freddy while the others escape, and throws Freddy through the roof of another cabin.

Linderman dies, and Lori, Will and Kia encounter Freddy. Kia taunts him, but Jason kills her by slamming her into a tree with his machete. As Lori and Will escape, the two begin their final battle. An attempt to ram a mine cart into Jason goes wrong and both of them are hit and land on the boardwalk. Lori and Will igniting propane tanks that blow Freddy and Jason into the lake. Freddy makes one final attempt to kill Lori and Will; however, Jason saves them by using Freddy’s own arm to impale him through the chest, before falling back into the lake. Lori decapitates Freddy while Jason sinks below the water. Finally at peace with their past, Lori and Will leave Crystal Lake together. Later, Jason emerges from the lake holding Freddy’s severed head, which winks and laughs.

This is a brilliant film especially if you grew up watching these two maniacs before they both fought on the big screen in the same film. It does not disappoint and leaves you wondering who will win the fight between two of the cinemas most notorious killers.

REVIEW: NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET LEGACY

 

CAST

Robert Englund (Wishmaster)
Heather Langenkamp (Hellraiser: Judgement)
Wes Craven (Scream 4)
Robert Shaye (New Nightmare)
Amanda Wyss (Highlander: THe Series)
Jsu Garcia (Along Came Polly)
Johnny Depp (Blow)
John Saxon (From Dusk Till Dawn)
Leslie Hoffman (Star Trek: DS9)
Robert Rusler (Weird Science)
Kim Myers (Hellraiser 4)
Clu Gulager (The Virginian)
Marshall Bell (Total Recall)
Ken Sagoes (Intolerable Cruelty)
Rodney Eastman (I Spit On Your Grave)
Penelope Dudrow (After Midnight)
Jennifer Rubin (Screamers)
Ira Heiden (Alias)
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Priscilla Pointer (The Flash
Brooke Bundy (General Hospital)
Lisa Wilcox (Watchers Reborn)
Tuesday Knight (The Fan)
Lisa Zane (Bad Influence)
Tracy Middendorf (Scream: The Series)
Kane Hodder (Jaxon X)
Breendan Fletcher (Bloodrayne 3)
Zack Ward (Transformers)

The documentary itself lasts just under 4 hours, each film gets at least 25 minutes dedicated to it, and Freddy’s Nightmares and New Line Cinema get a brief discussion as well. Asides from Johnny Depp and Patricia Arquette more or less everyone from the 8 films is interviewed. I watched the whole documentary in one sitting, at no point does it drag. It isn’t just talking heads there are interesting behind the scenes photos and videos, some of which feature unused special effects and deleted scenes – including a replacement for Robert Englund if he had wanted to much of a pay rise for the second film, I’ll say this, thankfully the two parties came to agreement! The interviewees don’t just pander to one another and pat each other on the back, they are quick to point out flaws in their own performances and disappointment with others.

Highly recommended. It is the perfect companion to the films.

REVIEW: WES CRAVEN’S NEW NIGHTMARE

CAST

Robert Englund (Wishmaster)
Heather Langenkamp (Hellraiser: Judgement)
Miko Hughes (Roswell)
John Saxon (The Night Caller)
Tracy Middendorf (Scream: The Series)
David Newsom (Runaway)
Fran Bennett (Jessabelle)
Wes Craven (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back)
W. Earl Brown (Bates Motel)
Jsu Garcia (Predator 2)
Tuesday Knight (Fame)
Rob LaBelle (Jack Frost)

Heather Langenkamp lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband Chase and their young son Dylan. Heather has become quite popular due to her role as Nancy Thompson from the Nightmare on Elm Street film series. One night, she has a nightmare in which she, Dylan, and Chase are attacked by a set of animated Krueger claws of an upcoming Nightmare film in which two of the workers are brutally murdered on set. Waking up to an earthquake, she spies a cut on Chase’s finger exactly like one he had received in his dream, but they quickly dismiss the notion.

Heather receives a call from an obsessed fan who calls and quotes Freddy’s nursery rhyme in an eerie Freddy-like voice. This coincides with a meeting she has with New Line Cinema in which she is pitched an idea to reprise her role as Nancy in a new Nightmare film, which Chase had been working on, unknown to her at the time. When she returns home, she sees Dylan watch her original film. When she interrupts him, he has a severely traumatizing episode where he screams at her. The frequent calls and Dylan’s strange behavior cause her to call Chase, who agrees to rush home from his work site, as the two men from the opening dream did not report in for work. But Chase falls asleep while driving and is slashed by Freddy’s claw, which results in his death. His death seems to affect Dylan even further, which causes concern for Heather’s long-time friend and former costar John Saxon. He suggests she seek medical attention for both him and for her after Heather has a nightmare at Chase’s funeral in which Freddy tries to take Dylan away.

Dylan’s health continues to destabilize, becoming increasingly paranoid about going to sleep and fearing Freddy Krueger even though Heather had never shown him her films. She visits Wes Craven, who suggests that Freddy is an entity drawn to his films, released after the series completed and now focuses on Heather, as Nancy, as its primary foe. Robert Englund also has a strange knowledge of it, describing the new Freddy to Nancy, only shortly after disappearing from all contact. After another earthquake, Heather takes a traumatized Dylan to the hospital, where the head nurse, suspecting abuse, suggests Dylan stay for observation. Heather returns home for Dylan’s stuffed dinosaur while his babysitter Julie tries to keep the nurses from sedating the sleep-deprived boy. Dylan falls asleep after the nurses sedate him, and Freddy brutally kills Julie in Dylan’s dream. Capable of sleepwalking, Dylan leaves the hospital of his own accord while Heather chases him home across the interstate as Freddy taunts him and dangles him before traffic. Upon returning home, Heather realizes that John has established his persona as Don Thompson. Upon Heather’s compliance in embracing Nancy’s role, Freddy emerges completely into reality and takes Dylan to his world. Heather finds a trail of his sleeping pills and follows him to a dark underworld. Freddy fights off Heather and chases Dylan into an oven. Dylan escapes the oven, doubles back to Heather, and together they push Freddy into the oven and light it. This destroys the monster and his reality altogether.

Dylan and Heather emerge from under his blankets, and Heather finds a copy of the film’s events as a screenplay at the foot of the bed; inside is a thanks from Wes for defeating Freddy and playing Nancy one last time. Dylan asks if it is a story, and Heather agrees that it is just a story before opening the script and reading from its pages to her son.

There are many great references to the original movie, but Craven’s biggest success is that he makes the character of Freddy terrifying once again. There are no jokes here and the movie is a dark one. This is a triumph given how Freddy had become quite a jokey character in the previous films.

REVIEW: FREDDY’S DEAD: THE FINAL NIGHTMARE

CAST

Robert Englund (Wishmaster)
Lisa Zane (Monkeybone)
Shon Greenblatt (Luster)
Lezlie Deane (Plump Fiction)
Breckin Meyer (Road Trip)
Ricky Dean Logan (Back To The Future)
Yaphet Kotto (Alien)
Roseanne Barr (Roseanne)
Tom Arnold (True Lies)
Johnny Depp (Blow)
Tobe Sexton (Offerings)
Alice Cooper (Dark Shadows)

In 1999, Freddy Krueger has returned and killed nearly everyone in the town of Springwood, Ohio, excluding Alice Johnson and her son Jacob, who are revealed to have moved away. The only surviving teenager, known only as “John Doe”, finds himself confronted by Freddy in a dream and is knocked past the town of Springwood’s city limits by Freddy. The city limits serve as a barrier that Freddy cannot cross, and the hole John makes when he goes through the barrier closes as soon as Freddy touches it. However, when John goes through the barrier, he hits his head on a rock and does not remember who he is or why he is outside of Springwood.

At a shelter for troubled youth, Spencer, Carlos, and Tracy plot to run away from the shelter. Carlos was physically abused by his parents, resulting in a hearing disability; Tracy was raped by her father; and Spencer was a stoner. John, after being picked up by the police, becomes a resident of the shelter and a patient of Dr. Maggie Burroughs. Maggie notices a newspaper clipping in John’s pocket from Springwood. To cure John’s amnesia, she plans a road trip to Springwood. Tracy, Carlos, and Spencer stow away in the van to escape the shelter, but they are discovered when John has a hallucination and almost wrecks the van just outside Springwood.

Tracy, Spencer, and Carlos, after trying to leave Springwood, rest at a nearby abandoned house, which transforms into 1428 Elm Street, Freddy Krueger’s former home. John and Maggie visit Springwood Orphanage and discover that Freddy had a child. John believes he is the child because Freddy allowed him to live. Back on Elm Street, Carlos and Spencer fall asleep and are killed by Freddy. Tracy is awakened by Maggie, but John, who went into the dream world with Tracy to try to help Spencer, is still asleep. Maggie and Tracy take him back to the shelter. On their way back, Krueger kills John in his dream, but not before revealing that Krueger’s kid is a girl. As John dies, he reveals this information to Maggie. Tracy and Maggie return to the shelter, but they discover that no one remembers John, Spencer, or Carlos except for Doc, who has learned to control his dreams. Maggie remembers what John told her and discovers her own adoption papers, learning that she is Freddy’s daughter. Her birth name was Katherine Krueger. Her name was legally changed to Maggie Burroughs

Doc discovers Freddy’s power comes from the “dream demons” who continually revive him, and that Freddy can be killed if he is pulled into the real world. Maggie decides that she will be the one to enter Freddy’s mind and pull him into the real world. Once in the dream world, she puts on a pair of 3-D glasses and enters Freddy’s mind. There, she discovers that Freddy was teased as a child, abused by his foster father, inflicted self-abuse as a teenager, and murdered his wife. Freddy was given the power to become immortal from fiery demons. After some struggling, Maggie pulls Freddy into the real world.

Maggie and Freddy end up in hand-to-hand combat against one another. While Maggie continues to battle Freddy, she uses several weapons confiscated from patients at the shelter. Enraged by the knowledge of what he has done, she disarms him of his clawed glove. Eventually, Maggie stabs Freddy in the stomach with his own glove while she is close to him. Tracy throws Maggie a pipe bomb. After she impales Freddy to a steel support beam she throws the bomb in his chest. She says “Happy Fathers Day”, kisses him, and runs. The three dream demons fly out of Freddy after the pipe bomb kills him, unable to revive him in the real world. Maggie smiles at Tracy and Doc says, “Freddy’s dead.”

A fitting way to end the franchise. Freddy learns something about himself and his perverted life and he gets to go out in a bang! Lisa Zane, Yaphet Kotto and Freddy Krueger star in this final installment. Rosanne, Tom Arnold and Johnny Depp make special appearances. A whole lot better than the last one but it’s filled with a few dated jokes. If you enjoy the series then you don’t want to miss out on this one.

REVIEW: A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 5: THE DREAM CHILD

CAST

Robert Englund (Wishmaster)
Lisa Wilcox (Watchers Reborn)
Beatrice Boepple (Stakeout)
Whit Hertford (MADtv)
Kelly Jo Minter (Mask)
Danny Hassel (The China Lake Murders)
Erika Anderson (Shadows of The Past)
Nicholas Mele (Impulse)
Joe Seely (Shag)
Valorie Armstrong (Santa Barbara)
Burr DeBenning (Father Murphy)
Clarence Felder (Man on A Swing)
Marnette Patterson (Starship Troopers 3)

Taking place almost a year after The Dream Master, Alice and Dan have now started dating and there is no sign of Freddy Krueger. One day, while in the shower, she sees herself at a strange asylum. As she walks she finds that she is dressed in a nun’s habit with a nametag saying Amanda Krueger. She is then attacked by patients at the hospital but wakes up before anything happens. The next day Alice is graduating from high school alongside her new friends consisting of Greta, an aspiring supermodel, Mark, a comic book geek and Yvonne, a candy striper who is also a swimmer. She only confides her nightmare to Dan, after he tells her about a trip to Europe. He tells her she is in control of her dreams, and she goes to work.

While on her way to work, Alice finds herself back at the asylum, where she witnesses Amanda giving birth to a gruesomely deformed Freddy-looking baby. Amanda tries to collect the baby before it escapes, but it sneaks out of the operating room and Alice follows it into the same church where she had defeated Freddy in the previous film. The baby finds Freddy’s remains and quickly grows into an adult, hinting to Alice that he’s found the “key” to coming back before waking her up. Alarmed, she contacts Dan, who leaves the pool party. He falls asleep en route and is attacked by Freddy who sends him back to the pool. Leaving again, he finds a motorcycle which he uses to try to get to Alice. Freddy possesses the bike and injects Dan with wires, fills him with fuel and electrocutes him, turning him into a frightful creature before veering him into oncoming traffic. Hearing the explosion of Dan’s vehicle impacting with a semi-truck, Alice runs out and sees his body come to life and taunt her before she passes out. Waking in a hospital, she has to take the news of Dan’s death and that she is pregnant with his child. In the night, she is visited by a young boy named Jacob, but the next day Yvonne tells her there are no children on her floor, nor is there a children’s ward he could have wandered in from, either.

Alice tells her friends about Freddy and his lineage, but Yvonne refuses to hear it while Mark and Greta are more supportive, telling her that Freddy would need to go through them to get to her, which is what Alice claims she is afraid of most. That afternoon, at a dinner party her mother is throwing, Greta falls asleep at the table. She snaps at her mother, going on a rant over her controlling nature before Freddy arrives and literally forces Greta to eat herself alive before choking her before a laughing audience. In the real world, she falls down dead at the dinner table to the surprise of her mother and guests. Yvonne and Alice visit Mark who is grieving Greta’s death and a rift forms between her and them. Mark falls asleep next and is nearly killed by Freddy’s house, but Alice comes in and saves him at the last minute before seeing Jacob again. Jacob hints that she is his mother, but he flees before she wakes up. She requests that Yvonne gives her an early ultrasound and discovers Freddy is feeding Jacob his victims to make him like himself.


Yvonne still believes that Alice is behaving like a crazy women, she doesn’t even believe Mark when he insists Alice is right and she angrily leaves. Dan’s parents also believe that Alice is being delusional and insist the she give them the baby and let them raise it as their own child. Despite Alice refusing the offer Mrs. Jordan then threatens her that they’ll take the baby anyway but Alice’s father stands up for her. Alice and Mark go to his place to research Krueger and the Nun Amanda. Realizing that Amanda was trying to stop Freddy, they investigate her last known whereabouts and Alice goes to sleep, hoping to find Amanda at the asylum. While there, Freddy lures her away from the asylum by threatening Yvonne, who had fallen asleep in a Jacuzzi. Alice rescues her and Yvonne finally believes Alice. Meanwhile, Mark falls asleep and is pulled into a comic book world. He unlocks his power of his comic book superhero, the Phantom Prowler, and appears to kill Freddy, who then rebounds and slashes Mark apart like a paper doll.

Imploring Yvonne go to the asylum to find Amanda’s remains, Alice is forced to return home and she goes to bed in order to find Freddy and save her son. She is led into an M.C. Escher-type maze before she finally draws Freddy out from within herself. Meanwhile, Yvonne finds Amanda’s remains and she joins the fight in the dream world, encouraging Jacob to use the power that Freddy had been giving him. Jacob manages to destroy Freddy and his infant form is caught by his mother while Alice picks up a baby Jacob. Warning Alice away, Amanda narrowly manages to seal Freddy away in time.

Several months later, Jacob Daniel Johnson is enjoying a picnic with his mom, grandfather and Yvonne. As the camera pulls away, the familiar song of Freddy’s theme can be heard being hummed by children jumping rope.

A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child is the fifth part of this classic movie and is a creepy and underrated sequel. This is the movie of the franchise that uses the greatest number of impressive gruesome special effects. The deaths are very creative, like the one in the comic book or the attack of the motorcycle and one of the scariest scenes is when Alice is dressed like Amanda and surrounded by the crazy guys in the saloon of the mental institution. The beauty of Lisa Wilcox gives a great contrast with the ugliness of the beast Freddy Krueger.

REVIEW: A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4: THE DREAM MASTER

 

CAST

Robert Englund (Wishmaster)
Lisa Wilcox (Watchers Reborn)
Danny Hassel (The China Lake Murders)
Brooke Theiss (Little Nikita)
Andras Jones (Far From Home)
Tuesday Knight (The Fan)
Toy Newkirk (Living Single)
Rodney Eastman (Mobsters)
Ken Sagoes (Project X)
Nicholas Mele (Impulse)
Brooke Bundy (Mannix)

Some time has passed since the events of the previous film, Kristen, Kincaid and Joey have been released from Westin Hills and are living lives as normal teenagers. When Kristen, believing Freddy is coming back, summons Joey and Kincaid into her dreams, she angers them and they warn her that dreaming of Freddy might actually cause his return. The next day, Kristen picks up her boyfriend, martial arts enthusiast Rick Johnson, and his sister and Kristen’s best friend, Alice. Going to school she meets with her other friends: Sheila, a genius and asthmatic; and Debbie, a tough girl who doesn’t like bugs. Alice daydreams that her crush Dan Jordan recognizes her, but she snaps out of it when Rick teasingly offers to introduce them.

That night, Kristen stays awake to keep from dreaming, but Kincaid falls asleep and awakens in a junkyard where his dog Jason innocently resurrects Freddy from his grave. Trapped, Kincaid tries to fight off Freddy with his strength, but Freddy rebounds and kills him. He tricks Joey into thinking a model is swimming in his waterbed, but Freddy attacks him, drowning out his dream power and stabbing him for his mother to find the next morning. At school, Kristen panics when she notices Joey and Kincaid are missing and is knocked out. She is nearly attacked by Freddy when the school nurse wakes her up. Kristen tells Rick, Alice, and Dan about Freddy’s legacy before her mother Elaine shoos the three of them away from the run down Krueger house. At dinner, Kristen notices her mother had slipped her sleeping pills, and she falls asleep before calling Alice. Taking her advice on dreaming, Kristen tries to dream of someplace fun, but Freddy invades and forces Kristen back to his home. Being the last of the Elm Street children, Freddy goads Kristen into calling on one of her friends, so that his fun can begin anew. She calls Alice into her dream, and Freddy kills Kristen by throwing her into his boiler. Waking up and sensing something wrong, Alice takes Rick to Kristen’s house, only to see her burning to death in her bedroom.

Later, Alice falls asleep during class and inadvertently brings Sheila into her dream. Freddy sucks the air from Sheila’s lungs, making it look like an asthma attack. Rick starts to believe her, but the following day he has a martial arts inspired dream and is killed when Freddy cheats in one-on-one combat. With each death, Alice begins to change, gaining the abilities and personalities of her lost friends. She plans with Debbie and Dan to fight and kill Freddy together, but when her father, Dennis, keeps her in, Alice falls asleep and lives her worst fear that she will work as a waitress into her old age. Freddy forces Alice to give her another soul, and he goes after Debbie. Keeping Alice and Dan in a time loop, he stalks Debbie, transforms her into a cockroach, and crushes her in a roach motel. With Debbie’s temper, Alice tries to ram Freddy but collides with a tree in reality. As Dan is rushed into surgery, Alice returns home and readies herself to join him and face Freddy.

Alice rescues Dan, and the two are sent flying into an old church in their dream. Dan’s injuries in the dream prompt his surgeons to wake him up, leaving Alice alone to face Freddy. He has the upperhand due to his experience, but she proves resilient, using her friends’ dream powers against him. When he is about to be victorious, she remembers a nursery rhyme called “The Dream Master” and forces Freddy to face his own reflection, causing the souls within him to revolt. The strain tears Freddy apart, releasing all of Alice’s friends’ spirits and leaving him a hollow husk. Months later, Dan and Alice have begun dating, and as they approach a fountain, Dan tosses a coin in. For a moment, Alice sees Freddy’s reflection in the water, but she ignores it. Dan asks her what she wished for, but Alice does not tell him.

The funny, creative Nightmare on Elm Street series hits a high point with this installment. While the series had not been truly frightening since episode one, part four keeps a good balance of suspense, horror, and special effects. With a strong lead performance by Lisa Wilcox and some new ideas about the Freddy mythology.