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

A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child (original title)
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The pregnant Alice finds Freddy Krueger striking through the sleeping mind of her unborn child, hoping to be reborn into the real world.



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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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Release Date:

11 August 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Nightmare on Elm St.: Dream Child  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)


$22,168,359 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Risher pitched for Nightmare 3 to [New Line] for Freddy has a baby. I went in, one of the executives was pregnant at the time, and I [said] picture Freddy clawing his way out [of the womb]. No one liked my idea. So then I got a call for Nightmare 5 and when they came to me they said, 'Remember when you wanted Freddy to have a baby? Well, we like that idea now. What if Alice was the mom?'" See more »


(at around 27 mins) When Freddy is in the truck with Dan, and Freddy rips his own arm off, green ooze comes from the wound. But in the close-up shot, the "ooze" is now green sewn fabric, attached to the red and green sweater. See more »


Freddy Krueger: [Dressed as a waiter, brings a platter to Greta] Bon appetit, 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 »


Performed by MAMMOTH
Written by McCoy / Moore
Produced by Simon Hanhart and MAMMOTH
Co-Produced and Remixed by Nigel Green
Assisted by Mark Flannery
1989 Zomba Recording Corporation
An Original Sound Recording Made By Zomba Recording Corp.
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11 November 2003 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child, the fifth installment in the Nightmare on Elm Street series and the worst sequel ever in the series, even worse than A Nightmare on Elm Street 2. I was lucky enough to get the Nightmare on Elm Street DVD box set for my birthday and I watched all the sequels. The dream child was the worst without a doubt, I was surprised too since they were doing so well with the last two sequels. But I guess they just lost the charm, the story was just ridicules and I wasn't happy with where it went. Alice just became more annoying, she's not Nancy or Kirsten, so her carrying this film on her own didn't work for me. Freddy is also loosing his scare, this was just getting a bit silly.

Alice is back and she's carrying a child, she couldn't be happier with her life. But Freddy is also back and he's not going to be too light on her since she defeated him so easily in the fourth movie. But anyways, he wants her child and to be born into the world again. Did you ever wonder if Freddy had parents too? Well that's what A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child investigates and Alice soon finds out what Freddy's childhood was like and that maybe that's the one thing that can defeat him.

A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child is just all in all a bad movie and an insult to the series. I don't think anyone could be happy with this sequel. Just the story was really silly, I mean it could have possibly worked, but once again, it was just executed the wrong way. I know that if you're looking to see the sequels for the Nightmare on Elm Street series, you should watch it, but I really wouldn't recommend it, it's not worth it, at least in my opinion.


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