As a director of primarily action-oriented films, Renny Harlin began his career in the late 1980s on a promising note with the lucrative "Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master" (1988). Immediately following the highly profitable fourth installment to the horror series, Harlin - previously a successful filmmaker in his native Finland - suddenly found himself to be Hollywood's go-to director of action movies. He kept expectations high with "Die Hard 2" (1990), another box office success that gave many the impression that this was no one-hit wonder. But Harlin started to falter a bit with "Cliffhanger" (1993), a Sylvester Stallone vehicle that performed well with audiences, but earned particular scorn from critics. The façade crumbled for good with "Cutthroat Island" (1995), perhaps one of the most derided film ever made. In fact, never before was there a film that bombed so utterly and completely as "Cutthroat Island," which became at the time a <i>Guinness Book of World Records</i> holder as being the biggest financial disaster in Hollywood history. Not only did the film tank, but it forever dulled the sheen of Harlin's golden boy status, not to mention ruined the feature career of former wife, actress Geena Davis. Though Harlin continued to regularly make films, he never again reached the initial promise he displayed at the start of his career.