Dream Master [raymix], The

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Brief Synopsis:
My main goal here was, like the first film, tighten the editing, remove filler & fix the awful ending.
The original cut sets up a "Face Your Fears & Believe In Yourself" theme, only to ditch it at the end for a bad deus ex machina.
This edit aims to fix that.
This project aims to bring stronger continuity, tighter editing & improved pacing to 6 of the films in the Nightmare on Elm Street movie series.
Other Sources:
-A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (Warner Bros. Bluray, 2012)
-Friday the 13th (Scream Factory bluray, 2020)
Additional Audio-
-A Nightmare on Elm Street Score (Varèse Sarabande Records Remaster, 2015)
-A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Score (Varèse Sarabande Records Remaster, 2015)
-A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master Score (Varèse Sarabande Records Remaster, 2015)
-A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child Score (Varèse Sarabande Records Remaster, 2015)
-A Nightmare on Elm Street Remake Score (Sony Classical Records, 2010)
-I Know Better Now by the Ramones (from the album Halfway to Sanity, 1987)
-4th of July by U2 (from the album The Unforgettable Fire, 1987)
-Wake Me Up by Foals (from the album Life is Yours, 2022)
-Sound Effects (freesound.org & youtube.com)
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Editing Details:
I tried to stay true to Michael N. Knue, Jack Tucker & Chuck Weiss' editing style from the original film. I didn't want anything to seem changed or altered at all.
This mostly meant sharp, quick cutting & trying to keep the energy high.
Cuts and Additions:
Opening Titles-
-added the Fanedit.org logo.
-added my fanedit production logo.
-added music over New Line production logo & director credit. (Prologue)
-new "A Renny Harlin Film" credit.
-recreated the Bible verse in the font used for the rest of the [raymix] text.
Title Sequence-
-new title logo.
-new title. (simply, The Dream Master)
-added sound effects to new title sequence.
-new music during the title sequence. (Bring Me a Dream [raymix] )
-added a white-flash transition from the title sequence into Kristen's dream.
Kristen's Dream-
-augmented the music during the sidewalk scene with the track Prologue.
-removed all opening credits by cutting, cropping & panning shots.
-augmented the music cue as Kristen wakes up with the track Prologue.
Kristen Drives to Alice & Rick's House-
-changed the music coming from Kristen's car stereo. (I Know Better Now by the Ramones)
-Added "Wednesday, August 23rd 1989" text to the shot panning to Kristen in her car.
-replaced all sound effects during Kristen's drive. (engine, bumps in the road, traffic)
At Alice & Rick's House-
-cut Alice's dad asking "You going out dressed like that?"
At School-
-cut Alice imagining herself talking to Dan.
-added a music cue as Alice stares at Dan. (Alice at the Mirror)
-smoothed an audio edit when cutting from the school parking lot to the hallways.
-cut Rick saying "No one died."
-cut the shot the slashed & glowing lockers.
At Home-
-cut Alice imagining herself standing up to her dad.
Kincaid's Demise-
-removed Kincaid's dog from his dream.
-removed Freddy's dialog after he's resurrected.
-Kincaid only yells "Freddy's Back!" once.
-replaced sound effects during the junkyard pull-out shot. (car horns)
-augmented the music cue when Kincaid is killed with the track Freddy's Back.
Kristen in Her Room-
-replaced the music Kristen's listening to in her room. (4th of July by U2)
-replaced all sound effects during Kristen's room scene. (wind chime, drawer, match)
Rick Shows Alice How to Kick-
-cut Rick demonstrating how to kick a second time.
-cut Alice's first attempt at kicking.
-cut Rick saying "killed a fish."
At School-
-cut Kristen & Alice's conversation about the Dream Master rhyme.
At the Diner-
-cut Kristen & Sheila's conversation.
At the Elm Street House-
-cut Alice remembering & reciting part of the Dream Master rhyme.
Kristen at Home, Drugged & Dreaming-
-cut Kristen's mom being so rude to her at dinner.
-cut Kristen repeating "Dream some place fun" as she falls asleep.
-the camera zooms in closer on Kristen's eyes as she falls asleep to avoid seeing her speaking.
-augmented the music as Kristen falls asleep with the track Drugged to Death.
-cut the 'Kristen on the beach' dream scene.
-cut Freddy revealing his "Chest of Souls" to Alice.
-when Kristen throws her power to Alice, it doesn't go through Freddy's body.
Alice at Home-
-cut Alice finding a picture on her mirror of Freddy holding Kristen.
-cut Rick walking in on Alice watching home videos & asking "What are you doing?"
-cut Alice starting to light a cigarette & realizing she doesn't smoke.
Sheila's Demise-
-cut the robot hand coming out of Shelia's test paper.
Alice at Home-
-longer shot of Alice looking into the mirror after removing Shelia's picture.
Rick's Demise-
-changed the color timing when Freddy attacks Rick so the lighting turns red.
-augmented the music during Rick's fight with Freddy with the track Kincaid in the Junkyard.
-cut the windows exploding in the classroom after Rick is killed.
-slight slo-mo as Alice screams.
-added an echo to Alice's scream.
-added a white-out transition from Alice in class to Rick's funeral.
Rick's Funeral-
-cut Alice imagining taking to Rick during his funeral.
-cut Debbie saying "I don't workout everyday to get killed by some night stalker."
-cut Alice telling Debbie "You just don't get it" ect.
-cut Alice saying "This is it" before "Mind. Over. Matter."
-cut Debbie & Dan's conversation after Alice leaves the funeral.
Alice at Home-
-added a music cue as Alice removes Ricks photos from the mirror. (Alice at the Mirror)
-cut Alice using Rick's nunchucks.
Debbie in the Garage-
-cut Debbie working out. (she should already be asleep)
Alice's Diner Dream-
-cut the 'Pizza of Souls'.
Debbie's Demise-
-cut Alice being in a repeating dream.
-Debbie's workout/cockroach dream plays through uninterrupted by Alice's dream.
Car Crash-
-cut Alice driving into Freddy. (she's not asleep)
-shortened the shot panning down from the tree to the truck.
-cut Alice telling Dan "I'm sorry."
At the Hospital-
-cut two shots of Dan being pushed through the halls on a stretcher.
-augmented the music as Alice leaves the hospital & Dan gets anesthesia with the track Sleep Clinic.
Alice Gears Up-
-cut & shuffled many shots during the gearing up scene.
-replaced the music with the track Basement Chase.
-replaced all sound effects. (pictures, knot tie, slap, drawer, bracelet snap)
-the shot of Alice facing herself in the mirror is longer.
-cut Alice saying "Fuckin' A."
Dan Dreaming-
-new music continues into Dan's dream up until Alice finds him. (Basement Chase)
Final Showdown-
-cut Alice making a kung-fu movie sound after she knocks Freddy down.
-cut the children appearing & reciting the final verse of the Dream Master rhyme.
-augmented the music as Freddy taunts Alice with the tracks Freddy Reflection & Bring Me a Dream.
-replaced all sound effects during the reflection scene. (shining sounds, Alice yelling, Freddy screaming)
-cut some shots as the souls tear Freddy apart, making it faster & more intense.
-cut Alice watching the souls fly away.
-added a fade-to-white as Alice leaves the chapel.
At the Fountain-
-new music ends the scene & begins the credits. (Wake Me Up by Foals)
-cut the cast credits over the shot of fountain.
End Credits-
-new music over the end credits. (Wake Me Up by Foals & Time Circles)
-added a shot of slashed & glowing lockers to post-credits.
-added the "Freddy's Coming for You" rhyme to the shot of the lockers.
-added my production logo to the end.
-added music over my production logo. (Prologue)

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I'll keep these reviews brief as I'm reviewing Ray Danger's Nightmare on Elm Street series as a whole.

These edits are love letters to the original series, working to bring more cohesion across numerous avenues. Visual quality is dark, clean, and consistent. All changes to the score are period and mood appropriate. Narratively, this edit specifically offers an experience that tightens the original theatrical cut of Dream Master, but I was never overly fond of that film in any case. Losing Patricia Arquette, unceremoniously killing off the final Elm Street Children, and the less compelling cast brought on to replace them all fail to engage in the same way as the three previous films. I found no flaw to RayDanger's technical edit, but I can not rave on the film itself with as much gusto.

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(Updated: January 16, 2023)
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Ray Danger has made a very admirable effort to fix up what is typically considered to be a pretty mediocre sequel. The use of quick cuts and music changes is largely effective and makes for an enjoyable watch.


While not on par with the blu-ray, the visual and audio quality is nonetheless very high across the board. There was a single shot right at the start that seemed unusually low res, but it is brief. I assumed it was due to cropping out the opening credits.

I'm a big advocator for subtitles and I also would have preferred to have had the surround track included, but I understand that this was a very personal edit and that Ray has a strong preference for the original stereo.


Ray has attempted to bring more consistency across the franchise by creating his own newly branded title cards for each entry. What I saw here is arguably a bit too slick and digital considering the age of the film, but it is nonetheless well executed and cleanly presented.

There were a few things I picked up when watching:

- I wasn't a fan of the font used for the Job verse quote. Gives off a bit of a word processor/powerpoint vibe.
- 2:36 - is there an event pan here? The camera seems to randomly dart across the image. It looks like a digital glitch rather than a shaky cam.
- The on-screen date is brief, small and at the bottom of the screen. I didn't feel like I had time to notice it and read it, so would personally have made it a bit larger and more central. I'm nitpicking though.
- 11:57 - The dad's dialogue appears to be out of sync here. It's possible this is in the original, but I don't remember noticing it. It is also pretty subtle as the character is in the background and not in focus.
- 12:13 - the sound of the dart impact comes before the dart hits the board
- The karate dream sequence is effective with the newly applied red colour toning. The added slo-mo and whiteout when Alice wakes up is a nice touch, but feels a tad rushed. If the whiteout went on for a little longer before transitioning to the next scene I think that would flow a little better
- 1:02:43 - this shot seems to be held on for an unnatural amount of time. It also seems to be static, but occasionally twitches with a subtle frame blend. Was this slowed right down and then looped?


Rescoring and foley replacement generally comes across very well, especially considering the stereo track was the source, but there were some moments that took me out of the edit:

- from 1:40 there is a jarring clash of two different parts of the score
- 56:59 - sounds like a jump in the audio
- 1:02:22 - there is a noticeable jump in the score
- 1:08:33 - Alice says something as she holds the mirror up but it is obscured and cut off. A bit odd
- 1:11:51 - the music seems to come in at a reasonable volume, but the last line of dialogue is barely audible as a result. It might work better for it to kick in after the line.


The film is significantly better paced than the original and I have a suspicion that Ray may have made more cuts than is indicated on the cutlist. Mainly in terms of little trims here and there to shots, which I think was very effective (or if I'm imagining things, maybe the other general cuts just had a great impact than I expected). The intent was to bring more focus to the theme of identity and I think this was nicely achieved. I do feel that there are some unnecessary scenes of exposition at the start, but I also know that trimming this down further would put the film in danger of no longer being feature-length! Overall, this is an improvement on the original. A few more thoughts below:

- I understand the reasoning between cutting the time loop dream sequence, and therefore needing to get rid of Freddy in the road, however, the crash now seems a bit out of the blue. If there was a shot of some oncoming traffic then it might sell it better.
- I appreciate Ray's feelings around the deus ex machina at the end, but without it Freddy's defeat has no explanation at all. Throughout the film, the mirror seems to symbolise Mary's own battle with confidence and identity, so why would we have any reason to believe that showing Krueger his own face would defeat him? At a push I could maybe believe that showing the mirror gives something back to the captured souls and so they choose to fight back? But there isn't a lot for the audience to go off of. While we have seen the souls on Freddy's body in the previous film, the cutting of a similar scene at the beginning of this film and also the soul pizza basically means we have no foreshadowing for them consuming him at the end. Keeping the original context of Freddy's defeat would have been preferable IMO. A bad explanation is better than no explanation.
- The credits display info for the songs used in the film, but these don't reflect Ray's new music choices. It would be nice if these could be updated to reflect the editor's changes
- Adding Freddy's locker claw mark to the end of the credits is a nice touch :)


Subjectively, there are still some moments that I would have cut. Odd lines, mainly. The biggest is probably the Krueger nurse scene, which isn't particularly effective nor does it add anything vital to the narrative. I would put it on par with soul meatballs and the beach scene as being a step too far into silly territory.

Ultimately, there is only so much you can do with the material you have to work with; but thanks to Ray, the film now comes across a lot tighter, and several scenes that previously felt awkward now flow in a more natural way. Scenes like Freddy's death are considerably more effective. The music changes are all made in good taste, being old enough to not feel out of place but also give a less cheesy vibe that gives the impression of a film that's aged a lot better. The final Foals track is a modern inclusion but still feels in keeping with the general sonic vibe.

Nice work, Ray :) Thanks for sharing.

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