After the success of Dream Warriors it only makes sense for there to be another film. Now while The Dream Master may seem to be rather unsatisfying the truth is it is a competent sequel that should be given a chance instead of ignored. Though it is a little limp from time to time it is still entertaining.
The story taken as a whole might feel somewhat silly by comparison to Dream Warriors, but it does sort of follow on from the story of the third film which helps a bit. The whole dream power thing is down played significantly and is actually vital to the plot unlike the last film where only Kristen’s power amounted to anything. Lord knows that is probably why they brought her back in this. However it’s hard to tell if she is under used or over used. This is because she isn’t the main character which is fortunate because the new actress, Tuesday Knight, isn’t all that good.
The visuals seem quite disturbing from time to time which is good seeing how there wasn’t anything in Dream Warriors that seemed very cringe worthy. The most outright creepy moment was when a girl gets turned into a cockroach. The effects of the scene where so vile, in a good way, that it actually left me feeling a little sick which is impressive seeing how the sequels have a reputation for being rather silly. It reminds me of the first time I watched the original and was considerably scared. However I wouldn’t compare this to the original just because the effects were a bit sickening to the eyes. They don’t frighten they disgust, again in a good way.
Now it must be said that the acting in these films can be cool at times and other times they can be close to painful to see. In this the acting is decent enough. Tuesday Knight isn’t as good as Kristen as Patricia Arquette was, though Arquette’s acting bobbed up and down in Dream Warriors. The main character, Alice Johnson was almost masterfully played by Lisa Wilcox who brings some real emotion to her character. Robert Englund is as entertaining as he was last time though his one liners might seem a little overwhelming. I think its safe to say that at this time he has stopped being menacing or creepy and is now simply going out of his way to be more comedic than threatening. Is this a bad thing? I don’t mind.
While it may be less desirable than the third film, The Dream Master is a good enough sequel that isn’t at completely silly. Though it is one of the weaker sequels it is not entirely without its moments and all in all is quite entertaining. So in a nutshell it is fun to watch if your in the mood.