Although this latest installment in the series broke the box-office record set by the previous "Nightmare" entry ($12,833,403 for the first three days--the most successful opening weekend of any independently released film), it seems that with Part 4, Freddy Krueger has just about run
out of gas.
Getting further and further away from creator Wes Craven's original concept, the series has declined into a plotless series of special-effects set pieces featuring Freddy slicing and dicing a variety of teenagers in their dreams. What the films lack in narrative, however, they make up for with
pure cinematic panache, and the latest installment is no exception. Finnish...