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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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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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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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$22,168,359 (USA)
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Virtually nothing of the screenplay by John Skipp and Craig Spector made it into the film (according to Skipp, only the phrase "It's a boy" was retained), while only around half of Leslie Bohem's screenplay was kept. William Wisher Jr. and David J. Schow did further rewrites, and the final screenplay was put together just days before shooting by Michael De Luca. See more »

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The fake hand that the wires snake into was shot backwards and reversed, so you can see the holes where the wires are going to enter. See more »

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Freddy Krueger: It's a boy!
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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 »

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NOW I LAY ME DOWN
Performed by Samantha Fox
Written by Full Force
Produced by Full Force for Full Force Productions
1989 Zomba Recording Corporation
An Original Sound Recording Made By Zomba Recording Corp.
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Freddy a father? Sure, why not?
6 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

By 1988, it seemed that audiences couldn't get enough of Freddy Krueger. The first three films made a lot of money, which led to merchandising up the wazoo. He was a household name and it was only the beginning. 'The Dream Master' was the most successful of the series up to that point. So naturally the folks at New Line got started on the next chapter. It came less than a year after 4 and didn't perform as well as what came before. All these years later though, it actually holds up well.

Pros: A great and creepy opening sequence. Above average performances. One of the best scores in the series. A welcome return to a darker atmosphere. Nicely done effects. Eye-popping production design. Creative death scenes. Some cool ideas, such as how Freddy gets to his victims this time. Moves at a good pace.

Cons: Like the last film, this one's plot is real thin. Brings up some serious issues, then drops them. Though shown less, Freddy isn't as scary as in the earlier films.

Final thoughts: Like 'Halloween 5,' this sequel was rushed into production after it's predecessor's success. Had they given the audience a longer break from Ol' Freddy, it may have done better at the Box Office. Despite this and it's faults, this installment is one of the series' strongest. From the spectacle, to the likable cast, to the darker tone and the chilling score it's a treat. Too bad they had to blow it with the next one, but that's another story.

My rating: 4/5


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