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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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The film was rushed into production, appearing theaters almost exactly one year after the previous film. As a result, director Stephen Hopkins was perpetually rushed during filming and given extremely tight deadlines to meet, just four weeks to shoot and a further four weeks to edit the film. This meant that he had to shoot on one stage while the crew dressed the other, so they could shoot almost continually. The studio executives were so impressed by his ability to handle pressure, that he was immediately offered the chance to direct Predator 2 (1990). See more »


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Freddy Krueger: [In French accent] Madam, if I may.
[locks Greta in seat]
Freddy Krueger: Bon appÈtit...
[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 WASP
Written by Blackie Lawless / Piper / Holmes
W.A.S.P. appear courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
1988 Capitol Records
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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