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

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


Stephen Hopkins


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Englund ... Freddy Krueger
Lisa Wilcox ... Alice
Kelly Jo Minter ... Yvonne
Danny Hassel Danny Hassel ... Dan
Erika Anderson ... Greta
Nicholas Mele ... Dennis Johnson (as Nick Mele)
Joe Seely Joe Seely ... Mark
Valorie Armstrong Valorie Armstrong ... Mrs. Jordan
Burr DeBenning ... Mr. Jordan
Clarence Felder ... Mr. Gray
Michael Ashton Michael Ashton ... Gurney Orderly
Beatrice Boepple Beatrice Boepple ... Amanda Krueger
Matt Borlenghi ... Jock
Noble Craig ... Merging Freddy
E.R. Davies E.R. Davies ... Delivery Doctor


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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Now Freddy's A Daddy, He's Killing For Two. See more »


Fantasy | Horror


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Did You Know?


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. See more »


(at around 29 mins) Alice screams "Dan" in the diner, but her mouth doesn't move. See more »


[seconds after fuel pump stabs into Dan's leg]
Freddy Krueger: Fuel injection!
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Crazy Credits

In the home video release of the film, Robert Englund is listed in the credits as "Freddy Krueger" and "Freddy Father" this was changed in the DVD release to just Freddy Krueger. See more »

Alternate Versions

Although the UK cinema and video versions were fully uncut the DVD release features the R-rated U.S print which is missing around 15 secs of gore. The fusion scene between Dan and the bike is shortened and the scene where Freddy forces Greta's innards into her mouth is cut (his voice can be heard saying "You are what you eat"). See more »


Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »


Performed by Schooly-D
Written, Produced and Arranged by Schooly-D
1988 Zomba Recording Corporation
An Original Sound Recording Made By Zomba Recording Corp.
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User Reviews

"Its Super Freddy"
10 August 2019 | by Darkside-ReviewerSee all my reviews

This movie isn't the best the series has to offer but it isn't as bad as critics made it out to be while the series moved away from the blood and gore horror aspect of the first three films and more towards dark humour and less gory kills mainly to lower the age rating so more people could see it Robert England is still terrifying as Freddy even when he's making funny one liners he still instills fear into you.

The movie has an interesting storyline that focuses on Lisa Willcox character being pregnant and Freddy using the unborn childs dreams to use Alices powers of bringing people into dreams which does change the rules of the series a little but not drastically just a few loop holes to bring Freddy back for another nightmare inducing killing spree of Alices new friends.

Some interesting camera angles used and the usual creepy music found in an Elm Street movie like the jump rope children singing there's also a stop motion scene in the movie that really hasn't aged well at all and is just hilariously bad.

I recommend watching this if your a Freddy fan or just a fan of slasher movies and dark humour and while not very scary is very entertaining to watch.

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Release Date:

11 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child See more »


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,115,176, 13 August 1989

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1.85 : 1
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