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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 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 <>

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The final Elm Street film until Freddy Vs Jason to feature the jump rope kids singing Freddy's rhyme. See more »


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Alice Johnson: You can't come back! I locked the door on you.
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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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Good FX, poor story
4 June 2005 | by (Los Angeles, Ca) – See all my reviews

"A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child" may be the weakest of the series.


After graduating from High School, Alice Johnson (Lisa Wilcox) decides to go to Paris for the summer with her boyfriend Dan (Danny Hassle), but her nightmares about Freddy Kruegar (Robert Englund) still haunt her. A new set of nightmares about a woman named Amanda Kruegar (Beatrice Boepple) giving birth to Freddy make her question whether she dreamed them or not. While her friends Yvonne, (Kelly Jo Minter) Mark (Joe Seely), Dan and Greta (Erika Anderson) are partying at the school when Dan gets a call from Alice to come get her. While driving to get her, Freddy attacks and kills him in a motorcycle accident. When she says that Kruegar is the source, no one believes her. Once she learns that she's pregnant, she becomes even more distraught. As Freddy begins killing her friends one by one, Alice comes to believe that Freddy has invaded her unborn child's dreams to come back into the world and enlists Amanda to help her fight her son.

The Good News: The movie does open with a bang. Alice walks into the shower after a night of sex, and gets distracted by the brown gunk bubbling up from the bottom of the shower. Investigating, she finds nothing, then is attacked by the surging water from the shower-head. Becoming trapped in the shower, she tries to break free, but then is paralleled into a dream world. We then get a few small, pretty good jumps about Freddy. It is a great way to start a movie. I do have to admit that Freddy's deaths are very creative for a fourth sequel. The motorcycle of death sequence is easily the best, but the comic book scene is also quite imaginative. Both feature great special effects and new ideas, hallmarks of the series. The special effects are perhaps the best part of the movie. Freddy's rebirth is the best part, being an atmospheric scene with lots of things crashing around Alice in the middle of a room that feature Freddy appearing at the end. Even though the story isn't a very good one for this type of series, it provides a ton of opportunities for some jumps. By having Alice know of Freddy's reappearance for a long time, it gives her the ability to see Freddy in different places and convince her she is going insane. By having Freddy appear in new places around her and scare her, his appearance also scares us. The way to finally kill him is pretty creative, and I'm surprised this wasn't thought of before.

The Bad News: This is mainly thought of as the FX entry in the series, and by and far they are right. Whereas the first one was mainly based around the suspense and shock, the second on remaking the story with a few twists, the third one being a continuation of the first one and the fourth one based around the comedy of Kruegar, the fifth one is mainly used as an excuse to show off the elaborate special effects. They all look very good and it looks like a lot of money was spent on the effects, but effects driven films, to me, are basically hollow, since once you've seen the film once and you've got a handle on the story, it doesn't do anything on repeated viewings. Effects films can only go as far as the quality of the effects, but here the weak story is the major defect. Kruegar's resurrection is handled with great care and thought, but it goes nowhere and doesn't make any sense as to why Kruegar would go after Alice. Is it because he's trying to get back at Alice for the last time, or is it because he knows he can come back through her when her child is born? It's never really explained why, and that's a weak part of the story. Another part that seems off is the humor. Freddy does off give a few good quips, but perhaps the humor is a bit blacker than in previous or subsequent films, with part six being the funniest, then comes part four in terms of comedy. A few of them are pretty good, but most are simply confusing as too why they are included. These are simply eye-rollers and aren't as clever as some of his far better quips.

The Final Verdict: Even though this is a bit more FX driven than other entries, the quality of the other entries is so great that this fine entry is considered the weakest. The FX is pretty impressive, but the surrounding story is a bit weak. That aside, it is a bit better than you may think and deserves a chance from other "Nightmare" fans.

Rated R: Graphic Violence, some language, a brief, not well seen sex scene, and brief shadowy Nudity

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