"I don't spend hours working out to have some night-stalker beat me."
The sets are bigger. There are more friends with better shoes, but don't be tricked - we've been here before. The only business that's ever booming in Springwood is the local mortuary. Even though they're well defined and purposeful, The Dream Master wastes no time in killing off its protagonists. Unlike Friday the 13th films, Elm Street sequels are incredibly mindful of one another. The X-Men motif of The Dream Warriors is carried over along with its surviving characters. This is especially beneficial to mousy Alice. Unbeknownst to her, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 is the story of Alice finding self-reliance. Reality over reverie. It sometimes takes seeing all her friends slaughtered by the son of a hundred maniacs for a girl to realize that she had strength, brains, and sex-appeal laying dormant in her all along - even that freak ability to drag people into her nightmares! Alice is the Dream Master...how clever.