"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 everyone seems 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 has strength, brains, and sex-appeal laying dormant in her all along - even that freak ability to drag people into her nightmares!
The Dream Master is in all of us.