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

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(At around one hour and twenty minutes) "School's out, Krueger!" was a replacement line when the actor, who was a minor at the time, wasn't permitted to say "Fuck you, Krueger!"
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Stephen Hopkins was given 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. After he made it, the studio was so impressed, that he was given the task of directing Predator 2 (1990), which is strange, considering that this movie was released by New Line Cinema, and Predator 2 (1990) was released by 20th Century Fox.
(At around six minutes) During the sequence in which the nun (Amanda) is raped by the criminally insane, Robert Englund is wandering around in the background without his Freddy make-up, including one shot in which the camera lingers on him for a few seconds.
When Alice wakes up from her nightmare in the asylum, and Robert Englund appears beside her in bed and pins her down, originally he said, "There's no such thing as safe sex." The line was excised from the film.
Stephen King and comic book writer Frank Miller were offered the job of writing and directing this movie.
The final "A Nightmare on Elm Street" film to feature children living in Springwood.
According to director Stephen Hopkins, they "got lots of tarantulas, hand-painted them green and red, and on the floor of the stage placed a little wall up in the shape of an arm and had trainers come in and around the tarantulas." The plan was to simply drop the wall and film the resulting scattering of the spiders. However, after they got the shot they were left with a studio full of around 200 angry tarantulas. Hopkins figures, "We probably carried on shooting on another set, I'm sure. I don't think anyone ever found them again." As far as the director knows, those spiders roamed freely through the studio and escaped into the free world, or maybe it was just somebody's else job to ensure the tarantulas were all accounted for.
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).
The laughter heard at the end, right before the credits roll, is a clip of Vincent Price laughing at the end of Michael Jackson's song "Thriller".
The film opened at number three at the box-office but, it disappeared thereafter and, it was the lowest grossing film of the franchise. Robert Englund stated that the film was a success.
In the love scene at the opening of the film, the male actor is Michael Bailey Smith. He is the same actor that plays Super Freddy in Mark's (Joe Seely's) dream.
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The final "A Nightmare on Elm Street" film, until Freddy vs. Jason (2003), to feature the jump rope kids singing Freddy's rhyme.
If you were A Nightmare on Elm Street fan looking at that poster in 1988 and 1989 you were probably curious what the heck "Dream Child" meant, and what was going on with the fetus in the crystal ball in Freddy's glove. Well, the people making the film thought the same thing, too. That poster came out before they actually had a clear idea what the movie was going to be about beyond its premise and title.
The famous song is changed. Original: One, two, Freddy's coming for you. Three, four, better lock your door. Five, six, grab your crucifix. Seven, eight, gonna stay up late. Nine, ten, never sleep again. Edited: One, two, Freddy's coming for you. Three, four, better lock your door. Five, six, grab your crucifix. Seven, eight, better stay awake. Nine, ten, he's back again...
The idea of focusing the story around children and birth was hatched by Executive Producer Sara Risher, who was a new mother at the time, and constantly had her child and its well being on her mind. The crew decided to build off of this, because they felt that teenagers and twenty somethings who were fans of the original film were beginning to reach the age where they were likely thinking about settling down and having families. This, incorporating elements of family and birth into the film would keep the franchise relevant and special for fans of earlier entries.
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Unlike the previous films (with the exception of the first one), this film main titles do not display the digit "5", just "A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child".
Freddy was played by the screenwriter for the teaser trailer. David J. Schow, one of the Dream Child script re-write wizards, actually got to be in the film. That's Schow's hand in the Freddy glove at the end. The baby carriage was a big prop, into which he could fit, but the lights they had to place inside the carriage almost caused his arm to catch on fire.
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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 and David J. Schow did further re-writes, and the final screenplay was put together just a few days before shooting by Michael De Luca.
Last film in the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" franchise to have been released onto videocassette by Media Home Entertainment.
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Executive Producer Sara Richer's original pitch to New Line Cinema for A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), was for Freddy to have 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?'"
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When Mark is lying on the floor looking through comic books, he picks up the one titled "Nightmares From Hell". In the upper left corner there is KC in capital letters above the 50¢ price indicator. This could stand for "Krueger Comics".
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When Alice and Mark look through the pile of newspapers, for a moment, the camera is set on an article regarding Amanda Krueger's death. In this article, Producer Robert Shaye is quoted as saying: "She was a victim of the evil within us all. I hope she will know peace in the life hereafter."
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Eric Singer, former drummer for Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Badlands, and current KISS drummer, makes a cameo as one of the band members on the television show.
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Writers John Skipp and Craig Spector had to fight to get credit for their work on the script.
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(At around forty-nine minutes) On the door to Dr. Moore's office, just below his name, the name "Dr. Talalay" can be seen. This is a reference to Rachel Talalay, who had been involved with the franchise since the beginning in various capacities, most notably in directing Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991).
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The scene with Freddy, Alice, Jacob, then Dan, is reminiscent of the scene in Labyrinth (1986).
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(At around twenty-nine minutes) The "Freddybike" has a license plate that can be seen for a few seconds and says "FREDDY". It's a California plate.
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The film was rushed into production, appearing in 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).
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Lisa Wilcox's name appears on the opening credits, but not in the ending credits.
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One script idea was titled "Freddy Rules", and had a coma like vortex, of which he was afraid.
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The film takes place in June 1989.
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According to Leslie Bohem, "I wrote a draft that was basically Alice was in a theater group, and they were doing Medea." Thanks to Tyler Perry we now have to pause and clarify that Bohem is not referring to Madea, a story about a black man playing a fiery old black grandma, but instead most likely the ancient Greek tragic play Medea, about a woman who takes revenge on a husband for stepping out on her. Now, back to Bohem's quote, "It was very, very weird. There was a play, and then there were the dreams. I finished, and they went, 'Yeaaaah, we have this other idea.
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1989 marks the only year entries from the three biggest slasher franchises of the decade (Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween) were released in the same year; Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989), this movie, and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989).
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A novel (albeit a very short one) based on the screenplay was written by Joseph Locke and featured within The Nightmares on Elm Street - Part 4: The Dream Master and Part 5: The Dream Child.
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Robert Englund and Lisa Wilcox appeared on Fear Clinic (2009).
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

All death sequences were cut down significantly in order to avoid an X-rating. Dan's original motorcycle death was longer, and contained much more gore. Many sequences showing Dan's face racked in pain were cut, along with his screams and Freddy's laughter. Scenes which are seen on-screen for only a few seconds are several minutes long on film. The entire sequence is much longer, and the timing of Freddy's quips are different. Greta's dinner scene was also edited. Originally, Freddy filleted the Greta-doll with the claw-glove causing it to spurt blood everywhere, and then force-fed her its innards. Shots of the guests laughing were cut. Also, after Freddy said, "You are what you eat", she looked down and realized he had gutted her and was feeding her mush from her own stomach. This explains why the Greta-doll in Mark's dream is bleeding from its torso. Finally, Mark's demise is also cut. As Freddy shreds the paper in the unrated release, his face is animated, and shows him screaming along to his cries of pain until Freddy cuts his paper head off. All three scenes can be viewed unedited in the original unrated VHS release.
Alice is the only person who has fought Freddy Krueger twice and survived.
In the documentary Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010), director Stephen Hopkins admitted he thought Mark's death scene was silly, but being a comic book nerd, he just had to put it in there.
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All of Mark's drawings were supposed to come alive during his death scene, but were too long and were cut down.
The bike that attacks Dan is a Yamaha V-Max 1200.
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