A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
"A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child" (original title)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  11 August 1989 (USA)
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Alice, having survived the previous installment of the Nightmare series, finds the deadly dreams of Freddy Krueger starting once again. This time, the taunting murderer is striking through ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Hassel ...
Erika Anderson ...
Dennis Johnson (as Nick Mele)
Joe Seely ...
Valorie Armstrong ...
Burr DeBenning ...
Michael Ashton ...
Beatrice Boepple ...
Jock (as Matt Borlenghi)
Noble Craig ...
E.R. Davies ...


Alice, having survived the previous installment of the Nightmare series, finds the deadly dreams of Freddy Krueger starting once again. This time, the taunting murderer is striking through the sleeping mind of Alice's unborn child. His intention is to be "born again" into the real world. The only one who can stop Freddy is his dead mother, but can Alice free her spirit in time to save her own son? Written by David Thiel <d-thiel@uiuc.edu>

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11 August 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Nightmare on Elm St.: Dream Child  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)


$22,168,359 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The graduation sequence was cut down significantly to speed up the pacing of the film. As a result, there are several continuity errors. Among the cut footage was Dan's graduation speech, dialogue between Greta and Racine, a rap between Yvonne, Alice, and Greta, additional dialogue about parents and future plans, and a scene in which Alice's father gives her a camera she had been saving up for as a graduation present before she went to Paris (if you watch closely, you can see Alice hand her father a camera before they go to take the group picture). See more »


(at around 39 mins) When Greta falls asleep during the diner party, some of the guests change what they have in their hands between different shots. See more »


Freddy Krueger: [In French accent] Madam, if I may.
[locks Greta in seat]
Freddy Krueger: Bon app√ątit...
[accent dies]
Freddy Krueger: ... bitch.
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Crazy Credits

In the end credits, Lisa Wilcox's (Alice) name is omitted, possibly due an oversight with the end credits being listed alphabetically and the fact that her last name would have put her last on the list. See more »


Follows A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) See more »


Performed by Kool Moe Dee
Written by M. Dewese
Produced by LaVaba Malison and Mohanndas Dewese
1988 Zomba Recording Corporation
An Original Sound Recording Made By Zomba Recording Corp.
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And the series gets even worse...
24 January 2002 | by (Ardmore, PA) – See all my reviews

The series began suffering with the fourth movie, but this one really sent the series down hill. The acting is horrible. Only Robert Englund delivers a good performance. Not easy considering how pathetic this movie makes Freddy. Instead of the dark and scary villain, he's become a wise cracking jerk. The story is poor, making little sense. More details about Freddy's past come to light, but it really doesn't make a difference. The movie is also not very scary. The makers of this movie just opt for a lot of gore. The special effects try to fix the movie's many problems, but they don't. You'd think they would know when to quit, but yet another sequel followed. Thumbs down on this one.

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