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

R | 93 mins | Horror | 19 August 1988

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HISTORY

       The film is sometimes referred to as Nightmare on Elm Street 4 or A Nightmare on Elm Street 4, although the full correct title is A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.
       The following written quote appears in the film’s opening onscreen credits: “When deep sleep falleth on men, fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.” – Job IV, 13-14.
       End credits include "Special Thanks" to the following individuals and organizations: Paul Talalay, Vision Sports, Raybans, Rainbow Creations, Jimmy Z, Michael Roth, Craig Electronics, Sheaffer-Eaton, Haro Bicycles, Carver Electronics, Weider Health and Fitness, Pepsi Cola, Miller Beer, Keds, California Pro Line Swim Wear, Yamaha Motor Corp., Hawaiian Tropic, Nishiki Bicycles, Master Lock, Tuf-Wear, Volkswagen of America, B.F. Goodrich, Boyle Midway, Honda Generators, Payments Plus Corp., Kevin Moreton, Gerald T. Olson.
       In an homage to Wes Craven, creator of the Nightmare on Elm Street series, the diner where the characters “Alice” and “Debbie” work is named the Craven Inn.
       According to an article in the 3 Aug 1988 HR, New Line originally planned to release the fourth film in the autumn, but, feeling that it would play better as a summer release, they rushed to complete production for an 19 Aug 1988 release. This was the first of the Nightmare films to be released in the summer and, according to the 15 Aug 1988 DV, it was their most expensive release with a cost of $1.5 million for advertisements and $7-8 million for prints. New Line worked with exhibitors to get onto as many ...

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       The film is sometimes referred to as Nightmare on Elm Street 4 or A Nightmare on Elm Street 4, although the full correct title is A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.
       The following written quote appears in the film’s opening onscreen credits: “When deep sleep falleth on men, fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.” – Job IV, 13-14.
       End credits include "Special Thanks" to the following individuals and organizations: Paul Talalay, Vision Sports, Raybans, Rainbow Creations, Jimmy Z, Michael Roth, Craig Electronics, Sheaffer-Eaton, Haro Bicycles, Carver Electronics, Weider Health and Fitness, Pepsi Cola, Miller Beer, Keds, California Pro Line Swim Wear, Yamaha Motor Corp., Hawaiian Tropic, Nishiki Bicycles, Master Lock, Tuf-Wear, Volkswagen of America, B.F. Goodrich, Boyle Midway, Honda Generators, Payments Plus Corp., Kevin Moreton, Gerald T. Olson.
       In an homage to Wes Craven, creator of the Nightmare on Elm Street series, the diner where the characters “Alice” and “Debbie” work is named the Craven Inn.
       According to an article in the 3 Aug 1988 HR, New Line originally planned to release the fourth film in the autumn, but, feeling that it would play better as a summer release, they rushed to complete production for an 19 Aug 1988 release. This was the first of the Nightmare films to be released in the summer and, according to the 15 Aug 1988 DV, it was their most expensive release with a cost of $1.5 million for advertisements and $7-8 million for prints. New Line worked with exhibitors to get onto as many screens as possible and, according to the 23 Aug 1988 LAHExam, they shrewdly chose a release date at the end of summer, which placed the film’s release after the major studios’ releases, but still allowed New Line to capitalize on teenagers’ summer vacations. The HR article noted that awareness of the film was high, particularly among teenagers, and DV added that the Oct 1988 launch of Freddy’s Nightmares, a Lorimar-New Line television series co-production would continue to heighten awareness of the film. The film opened on 1,765 screens and, according to an article in the 5 Sep 1988 Time, the summer launch paid off with a $12.8 million opening weekend, which was the best opening weekend gross to date for an independently released film. It was also the fourth best opening weekend of the year, however, as noted in the 24 Aug 1988 HR, the three best openings of the year took place over four-day holiday weekends versus the three day weekend for A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. While some articles listed the film’s budget at $6 million, charts in the 15 Aug 1989 HR and the 10 Aug 1992 Var listed the budget at $6.5 million with a final domestic gross of $50 million. Var noted the fourth film in the series was the most financially successful of the franchise.
       Articles in the 7 Aug 1988 LAT, the 24 Aug 1988 Var, the 25 Aug 1988 DV and the 26 Aug 1988 HR tracked the story of New Line’s complaint, filed in New York’s Second District Federal Court, against Jive and RCA Records regarding “Nightmare on My Street,” a song and corresponding video by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince had approached New Line earlier in the year about doing a song for the film but were turned down when New Line chose to work with The Fat Boys, whose song and video “Are You Ready for Freddy” featured Robert Englund aka “Freddy.” New Line claimed the character of “Freddy Krueger” and the theme music for the Nightmare on Elm Street films were protected by copyright laws, while DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince claimed their song was a parody, a recognized protected use, and therefore did not infringe on the copyright issue. New York federal judge Robert Ward issued a preliminary injunction stating that the video of “Nightmare on My Street” could not “be distributed, broadcast or telecast in any form until the copyright infringement suit is resolved.” New Line’s attorney stated that they also planned to seek a permanent injunction specifically against the song.
       A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master marked Lisa Wilcox’s feature film debut.
       The success of the first four films lead to a continuation of the A Nightmare on Elm Street series. For information on subsequent sequels and spin-offs, see entry for A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
15 Aug 1988
p. 7, 8
Daily Variety
25 Aug 1988
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Hollywood Reporter
3 Aug 1988
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Hollywood Reporter
24 Aug 1988
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Hollywood Reporter
26 Aug 1988
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Hollywood Reporter
15 Aug 1989
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LAHExam
23 Aug 1988
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Los Angeles Times
7 Aug 1988
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Los Angeles Times
19 Aug 1988
p. 17
New York Times
19 Aug 1988
p. 8
Time
5 Sep 1988
p. 66
Variety
17 Aug 1988
p. 16
Variety
24 Aug 1988
---
Variety
10 Aug 1992
p. 36
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
New Line Cinema, Heron Communications Inc. and Smart Egg Pictures Present
A Robert Shaye Production
A Renny Harlin Film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
Dir, 2d unit
Dir, 2d unit
Unit prod mgr/1st asst dir, 2d unit
2d asst dir, 2d unit
Dir, 3d unit
Unit prod mgr/1st asst dir, 3d unit
2d asst dir, 3d unit
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam asst
Cam asst
Cam asst
Gaffer
Best boy elec
Best boy elec
Elec
Key grip
Best boy grip
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
Grip
Grip
Rigging gaffer
Rigging key grip
Rigging grip
B cam op
Steadicam op
Still photog
Still photog
Dir of photog, 2d unit
Cam asst, 2d unit
Cam asst, 2d unit
2d cam asst, 2d unit
Gaffer, 2d unit
Elec, 2d unit
Elec, 2d unit
Elec, 2d unit
Key grip, 2d unit
Key grip, 2d unit
Key grip, 2d unit
Dir of photog, 3d unit
1st cam asst, 3d unit
2d cam asst, 3d unit
Gaffer, 3d unit
Best boy elec, 3d unit
Elec, 3d unit
Elec, 3d unit
Key grip, 3d unit
Best boy grip, 3d unit
Grip, 3d unit
Elec and grip equip
Generators
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Prod des
Storyboard artist
Storyboard artist
Asst art dir
Art dept runner
Art dept asst
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
Fades and dissolves
SET DECORATORS
Asst sec dec
Key set dresser
Set dresser
Leadman
Prop master
Asst props
Swing gang
Swing gang
Swing gang
Const coord
Lead carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Asst carpenter
Asst carpenter
Asst carpenter
Asst carpenter
Asst carpenter
Lead scenic artist
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Asst scenic artist
Set dec, 2d unit
Set dec, 2d unit
Set const, 3d unit
COSTUMES
Cost des
Asst cost
MUSIC
Mus comp
Mus ed
Mus supv
Mus rec
SOUND
Prod mixer
Doug Schulman
Boom op
Sd eff
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
Spec sd eff
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Dial ed
Dial ed
ADR ed
Foley ed
Foley ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley mixer
Addl voices
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec visual eff
Mechanical spec eff
Lead eff const
Eff const
Eff const
Eff const
Eff const
Eff fabricator
Asst eff const
On set eff asst
Spec sets rigger
Art eff, 2d unit
Eff smoke, 3d unit
Visual eff supv, Dream Quest Images
Visual eff supv, Dream Quest Images
Motion control tech, Dream Quest Images
Motion control tech, Dream Quest Images
Matte painting, Dream Quest Images
Matte painting, Dream Quest Images
Plate photog, Dream Quest Images
Model builder, Dream Quest Images
Anim supv, Dream Quest Images
Anim, Dream Quest Images
Opt supv, Dream Quest Images
Ed supv, Dream Quest Images
Eff line prod, Dream Quest Images
Eff exec prod, Dream Quest Images
Eff coord, Image Engineering
Key mechanical eff, Image Engineering
Key mechanical eff, Image Engineering
Key mechanical des, Image Engineering
Key mechanical des, Image Engineering
Image coord, Image Engineering
Eff tech, Image Engineering
Eff tech, Image Engineering
Eff tech, Image Engineering
Eff tech, Image Engineering
Eff tech, Image Engineering
Eff tech, Image Engineering
Eff tech, Image Engineering
Eff tech, Image Engineering
Eff tech, Image Engineering
Eff tech, Image Engineering
Eff asst, Image Engineering
Eff asst, Image Engineering
Eff asst, Image Engineering
Eff asst, Image Engineering
Eff asst, Image Engineering
Eff asst, Image Engineering
Freddy's death seq
Shop foreman, Steve Johnson's X.F.X.
Key tech, Steve Johnson's X.F.X.
Key tech, Steve Johnson's X.F.X.
Prod coord, Steve Johnson's X.F.X.
Tech, Steve Johnson's X.F.X.
Tech, Steve Johnson's X.F.X.
Tech, Steve Johnson's X.F.X.
Tech, Steve Johnson's X.F.X.
Tech, Steve Johnson's X.F.X.
Tech, Steve Johnson's X.F.X.
Tech, Steve Johnson's X.F.X.
Cockroach seq
Tech, Screaming Mad George
Tech, Screaming Mad George
Tech, Screaming Mad George
Tech, Screaming Mad George
Tech, Screaming Mad George
Tech, Screaming Mad George
Tech, Screaming Mad George
Tech, Screaming Mad George
Chest of souls, horror pizza, aged Alice and Fredd
Supv prod, Magical Media Industries
Prod mgr, Magical Media Industries
Mechanical const/Spec makeup, Magical Media Indust
Mechanical const, Magical Media Industries
Head sculptor, Magical Media Industries
Moldmaker, Magical Media Industries
Lab tech, Magical Media Industries
Lab tech, Magical Media Industries
Lab tech, Magical Media Industries
Lab tech, Magical Media Industries
Addl mechanical eff
Addl mechanical eff
Addl mechanical eff
Physics test anim
Physics test anim
Mechanical arm
Mechanical arm
Castles and sandmation
Main titles seq created by
MAKEUP
Freddy Krueger makeup
Makeup eff
Key hair
Asst makeup
Makeup, 2d unit
Hair, 2d unit
Makeup, 3d unit
Freddy's makeup application, Kevin Yagher Producti
Lab tech, Kevin Yagher Productions Crew
Addl makeup eff
Key makeup eff, R. Christopher Biggs
1st asst, R. Christopher Biggs
1st asst, R. Christopher Biggs
1st asst, R. Christopher Biggs
1st asst, R. Christopher Biggs
1st asst, R. Christopher Biggs
1st asst, R. Christopher Biggs
Makeup eff mechanical, R. Christopher Biggs
Makeup eff mechanical, R. Christopher Biggs
Makeup eff mechanical, R. Christopher Biggs
Runner, R. Christopher Biggs
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Prod exec
Post prod supv
Prod coord
Prod supv
Prod accountant
Prod accountant
Scr supv
Prod secy
Prod secy
Loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Transportation coord
Driver capt
Driver
Driver
Animal trainer
Jake "the dog"
Unit pub
Promotions
Casting asst
Asst to the dir
Asst to the exec prod
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Craft service
Craft service
First aid
Extra casting
Scr supv, 2d unit
Scr supv, 2d unit
Set prod asst, 2d unit
Set prod asst, 2d unit
Set prod asst, 3d unit
Scr supv, 3d unit
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Thomas Dewier
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
COLOR PERSONNEL
Ray Martin
Col timer
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Wes Craven.
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
SONGS
"Love Kills," performed by Vinnie Vincent Invasion, written by Vinnie Vincent, produced and arranged by Dana Strum and Vinnie Vincent, published by Vinnie Vincent Music/Rare Blue Music, Inc. (ASCAP), from the Chrysalis LP "All Systems Go" #OV 41626, ℗1988 Chrysalis Records Inc.; "Angel," performed by Love/Hate, written by Skid Rose, produced by Juan Croucier, published by 77 Music (BMI), ℗1988 Love/Hate, under exclusive license to Chrysalis Records Inc.; "Don't Be Afraid of Your Dreams," performed by Go West, written by M. Piccirillo, published by Sounds of Film Music/Lygon St. Music (BMI), produced by Mike Piccirillo, executive producer David Chackler, ℗1988 Chrysalis Records Inc.; "Back to the Wall," performed by Divinyls, written by C. Amphlett, R. Feldman and M. McEntee, produced by Mike Chapman, published by SBK Songs Aust. Pty Ltd., administered in the US by April Music, Inc. (ASCAP); "Fatal Charm," performed by Billy Idol, written by B. Idol, S. Stevens and K. Forsey, produced by Keith Forsey, published by Boneidol Music/Rare Blue Music, Inc. (ASCAP)/Sitting Pretty Music (ASCAP), Swindle Music (ASCAP), from the Chrysalis LP "Whiplash Smile" #OV 41514, ℗1988 Chrysalis Records Inc.; "In the Flesh," performed by Blondie, written by D. Harry, C. Stein and Clement A. Bozewski, produced by Richard Cottehrer, published by Jiru Music, Inc./Monster Music (ASCAP), ℗1981 Chrysalis Records Inc.; "Anything, Anything" (BMI), performed by Dramarama, written by John Easdale, produced by Chris Carter and John Easdale, published by Binky Music; "Nightmare" (BMI), performed by Tuesday Knight, written by Micheal Egizi and Tuesday Knight, produced by Charles Rice/Micheal Egizi; "Are You Ready For Freddy?," performed by The Fat Boys, written by M. Wells, C. Richards, M. Anderson, Giovanni, K. Thomas, P. Klein, Robert J. Khaleel, Donald Lamont and Chris G. McCallion, published by Metaphor Music/Tin Pan Apple Music/New Line Cinema Corp. (BMI), produced by Tony Bongiovi, Chris Richards and the Indiana crew; "Baila Baila" (Dance With Me), performed by Girl Talk, written by Ken Feliciano, courtesy of Skywalker Records; "Pride and Joy," written by Joe Lamont and Jan Lucas, performed by Joe Lamont, published by Sounds of Film Music, Lygon St. Music (BMI), master courtesy of Sounds of Film, Ltd.; "Rebuilding the Big House," written by Nick Gilder and Rick Boston, performed by Nick Gilder, copyright ©1988 Indian Bingo Music/Red Adrmiral Music Inc. (BMI), administered by Chrysalis Music; "Therapist," performed by Vigil, written by Vigil, produced by Sam Prager and Vigil, publilshed by Long White Fish Music/Rare Blue Music, Inc. (ASCAP), from the upcoming Chrysalis LP #FV 41631, ℗1988 Chrysalis Records Inc.; "Under the Night Stars," performed by Sea Hags, written by Yocom and Schlosshardt, produced by Mike Clink for Mike Clink Productions Inc., published by Flashy Dude/Red Admiral Music, Inc. (BMI), from the upcoming Chrysalis LP #FV 41665, ℗1988 Chrysalis Records Inc., "Standing Over You," performed by The Angels from Angel City, written by Brewster and Eccles, published by Catsongs/Rondor, mixed by Hill Price, ℗1988 Telegraph Records; "I Want Your (Hands On Me)," written by O'Connor, Clowes, Reynolds, Dean and Hollifield, performed by Sinead O'Connor with MC Lyte, produced by Sinead O'Connor, published by Dizzy Heights Music, Pub. Ltd./Rare Blue Music, Inc. (ASCAP), ℗1988 Ensign Records Lts. A sub. of Chrysalis Records Ltd., distributed by Chrysalis Records Inc.
PERFORMED BY
SONGWRITERS/COMPOSERS
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DETAILS
Release Date:
19 August 1988
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 19 Aug 1988
Production Date:

Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Color by Metrocolor®
Duration(in mins):
93
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Kristen is trapped in a nightmare in the dilapidated house where Freddy Krueger, a killer with a finger-knives glove, used to try to kill her. Frightened, she calls for her friends, Kincaid and Joey, and pulls them into her dream. They tell her not to be afraid anymore because Freddy is dead. In the boiler room, Freddy’s furnace is cold, but, as Kristen touches it, Kincaid’s dog bursts from inside and bites her arm. All three then wake up in their own rooms, where Kristen’s arm is bloody from the bite and Kincaid’s dog has her blood on his fur. The next morning, Kristen picks up her boyfriend, Rick, and his quiet sister, Alice. At school, Alice sees Dan arrive and daydreams about flirting with the handsome athlete. They join their friend Deb who is horrified to find a cockroach in her breakfast and squashes the bug. Deb did not do her homework and begs smart, asthmatic Sheila to help. Kincaid and Joey tell Kristen to stop looking for Freddy in case it stirs him up and, as they walk down the hallway, Freddy’s signature slice marks appear on the lockers behind them. That night Rick and Alice’s alcoholic father returns home and yells at Alice about dinner. When she daydreams about screaming back at him, it only angers him further. Kincaid falls asleep and "awakens" in the auto salvage yard where Freddy is buried. But Freddy does not stay buried and kills Kincaid. As Joey admires a poster on his wall of a bikini-clad model, the waterbed beneath him starts moving. He pulls ...

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Kristen is trapped in a nightmare in the dilapidated house where Freddy Krueger, a killer with a finger-knives glove, used to try to kill her. Frightened, she calls for her friends, Kincaid and Joey, and pulls them into her dream. They tell her not to be afraid anymore because Freddy is dead. In the boiler room, Freddy’s furnace is cold, but, as Kristen touches it, Kincaid’s dog bursts from inside and bites her arm. All three then wake up in their own rooms, where Kristen’s arm is bloody from the bite and Kincaid’s dog has her blood on his fur. The next morning, Kristen picks up her boyfriend, Rick, and his quiet sister, Alice. At school, Alice sees Dan arrive and daydreams about flirting with the handsome athlete. They join their friend Deb who is horrified to find a cockroach in her breakfast and squashes the bug. Deb did not do her homework and begs smart, asthmatic Sheila to help. Kincaid and Joey tell Kristen to stop looking for Freddy in case it stirs him up and, as they walk down the hallway, Freddy’s signature slice marks appear on the lockers behind them. That night Rick and Alice’s alcoholic father returns home and yells at Alice about dinner. When she daydreams about screaming back at him, it only angers him further. Kincaid falls asleep and "awakens" in the auto salvage yard where Freddy is buried. But Freddy does not stay buried and kills Kincaid. As Joey admires a poster on his wall of a bikini-clad model, the waterbed beneath him starts moving. He pulls back the sheets to find the model has left the poster and is swimming inside the waterbed. She disappears as Freddy bursts from the bed, pulls Joey inside and drowns him. Rick wants Alice to stand up to their father and teaches her some ninja moves, but she is uncoordinated. At school the next day, when Kristen worries about her nightmares, Alice tells her about the “Dream Master” story, and says Kristen is in control and should dream of a fun place. Kristen becomes upset when Kincaid and Joey are absent. Rick tries to calm her, but she pulls away and hits her head. Kristen awakens in the nurse’s office, but the nurse turns into Freddy. Kristen screams and awakens in the actual nurse’s office. At the Craven Inn diner, Alice finishes her shift as a waitress when Dan arrives looking for her brother. Rick and Kristen arrive with the news of Kincaid and Joey’s deaths. Kristen takes Rick, Alice and Dan to the boarded-up house on Elm Street and they talk about Freddy Krueger, a child murderer who was burned alive by the Elm Street parents and now returns in dreams to kill the Elm Street children, including Kincaid and Joey. Kristen is the last of the Elm Street children. Kristen’s mother drives up, insists she return home, and drugs her with sleeping pills. Determined to follow Alice’s plan to dream about somewhere fun, Kristen wakes up on a tropical beach, but Freddy arrives and shoves her through the sand into his boiler room. Freddy wants Kristen to bring another friend into her dream and, though she tries to resist, Kristen calls for Alice. Kristen apologizes to Alice and tries to kill Freddy, but he tosses her into the fiery boiler. As Kristen dies, she passes her powers to Alice. When Alice wakes in her room, she and Rick race to Kristen’s house, but they are too late, Kristen is dead. Rick does not believe that Alice saw Freddy kill Kristen in a dream, but Alice knows it happened and part of Kristen is within her. At school, Alice notices Sheila looks tired, but it is not due to nightmares. Sheila studied all night for a test and also invented an electronic device for Deb to scare away cockroaches. In class, Sheila is attacked by her desk as she takes a test. Alice tries to help, but is trapped by her own desk. Freddy appears and sucks the air out of Sheila. Alice awakens to find Sheila in the throes of an asthma attack. Sheila dies and Alice is thrown back as she absorbs Sheila’s power. She also pockets the device Sheila invented. Dan shows up at the diner to check on Alice, who feels responsible for bringing Sheila into her dream. Alice also believes Freddy can only attack new victims if she brings them to him. At school, Alice falls asleep in her classroom while Rick falls asleep in a bathroom stall. He finds himself on a hellish elevator down to an Oriental suite where he’s attacked by an invisible Freddy. Rick channels his ninja warrior persona and fights back, but Freddy ultimately kills him. Alice jolts awake, screaming at her brother’s death. At his funeral, Alice daydreams that Rick gets out of his coffin and talks to her. Realizing the time for daydreams is over, she plans to meet Dan at the diner that night where they then go to Deb’s home to plan an attack on Freddy. Deb gives Alice a studded leather bracelet for good luck and, as Alice leaves, Dan and Deb note that Alice has changed after each death, seeming to absorb the dead person’s personality. At home, Alice picks up Rick’s nunchuks and is suddenly skilled at using them. Dan waits outside the diner, but Alice must wait to sneak past her father before she can leave the house. When she finally arrives at the diner, Dan is not there. She is drawn to a theater across the street and, as she watches a movie featuring the diner, she’s pulled into the screen by a strong wind. Inside the dilapidated diner, an older waitress also named Alice takes her order. Freddy arrives as the waitress delivers a pizza covered with the tiny screaming faces of teens. Freddy pierces a teen’s head and eats it as he orders Alice to bring him more teens. As the diner’s doors open to reveal Deb exercising, Alice wakes in her bedroom. She races to meet Dan and they drive to Deb’s house. Alice runs inside only to re-arrive at the diner as if nothing happened. Dan and Alice repeat this endless loop before realizing they are dreaming. Meanwhile, Freddy appears at Deb’s, turns her into a cockroach, traps her in a roach motel and squashes her to death. As Deb dies, Alice is hit with Deb’s power. She sees Freddy in the road and tries to run him over, but only destroys the truck and injures Dan. As Dan is wheeled into surgery at the hospital, Alice goes home, dresses for battle and arms herself with the items her friends bequeathed her. In her mirror, Alice sees Freddy is about to perform surgery on Dan. She dives through the mirror to rescue Dan and they fly through a stained glass window into a decrepit church. Dan suddenly disappears as, in the actual hospital, doctors save his life and wake him. Freddy arrives and Alice, channeling all her friends’ powers, attacks him. Freddy, however, just laughs that she may have their powers, but he has their souls. As they face off, Alice pulls out Sheila’s device, plugs it in and a surge of electricity blows a hole through Freddy. Laughing, he magically repairs the hole. Alice sees a piece of mirror, remembers a childhood refrain and holds the mirror up as she yells, “Evil will see itself and shall die!” When Freddy sees himself in the mirror, the souls he has trapped in his body attack him. Freddy explodes and the souls are freed. Later, Alice and Dan walk by a fountain and, as they toss a coin into it and make a wish, Alice thinks she sees Freddy reflected in the water, but he is not there and the couple strolls off hand in hand.

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