As part of our ongoing series taking a deep dive into the entire Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, this week we look back at the 1988 sequel Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master….
Following the immense success and positive reception to “Nightmare on Elm Street 3,” New Line Cinema moved quickly to begin production on a fourth film in the franchise and once again producers reached out to original creator Wes Craven to see if he had an idea for the project.
Craven’s pitch involved time travel inside the dreams and that just didn’t jive with what the studio had in mind for the movie so they moved onto other ideas instead. The final pitch that got the green light served as an extension of the “Dream Warriors” story except this time it would be called “The Dream Master” with many of the same characters returning for a fourth film.
Unfortunately, Patricia Arquette declined to return as Kristen Parker so her part had to be recast while “Dream Warriors” stars Ken Sagoes and Rodney Eastman both signed onto the sequel.
A wide search was done for the new final girl in the franchise and the part eventually went to Lisa Wilcox, who had previously starred in “General Hospital” but hadn’t done any major film work yet. Finnish born Renny Harlin signed onto direct with the story continuing to follow the characters from “Dream Warriors” into a whole new nightmare where Freddy Krueger is resurrected and looking for more souls to feast upon…
In the latest episode of Rewind of the Living Dead, we’re going to try to dream about some place fun and snack on some soul food as we review “Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master”…
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