A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child – USA, 1989

‘Freddy delivers.’

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child is a 1989 American supernatural slasher horror feature film directed by Stephen Hopkins (The Ghost and the Darkness; Lost in Space; Tales from the Crypt TV series; Predator 2) from a screenplay written by Leslie Bohem, based on a storyline by John Skipp and Craig Spector. The New Line Cinema production stars Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Kelly Jo Minter and Danny Hassel.

Plot:

Alice (Lisa Wilcox), a survivor from Elm Street 4, believes Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) has been eliminated for good. She optimistically hopes to start a life with fellow survivor Dan (Danny Hassel).

However, the nightmares begin soon enough, though, and Alice learns she is pregnant. When her friends start dying, Alice suspects that Freddy is using the baby fetus within her as a weapon. Can she fight the demon while protecting her unborn child?

Reviews:

“Aside from Freddy (have I mentioned Robert Englund is amazing) and the always creative death scenes, this movie doesn’t have jack sh*t going for it. Take The Dream Master and make it slightly worse, and you have this unmemorable awful horror movie.” Awful Horror Movies

” … the special effects and production design are both very good, even though the body count is surprisingly low and one of the better dream sequences is an almost direct copy of the M.C. Escher sequence in the first Hellraiser sequel. The story itself plays out like a lame after school special and fails to draw you in or make you care about what happens between the fx scenes.” The Bloody Pit of Horror

” …a film that’s more structured on atmosphere and oddity than it is the slick visuals, the perfect pacing, and the faultless (albeit linear) storytelling of Renny Harlin’s film. Nevertheless, the end result is a positive one, a turn to the dark for the series but a welcome and arguably necessary diversion from the straightforward plot that’s superficially identical to the last film.” Martin Liebman, Blu-ray.com

“The make-up and effects are great but there isn’t much action and the plot is decidedly confused. We learn more about Freddy’s origins and Alice enlists help from the ghost of his hapless mother which all builds to a predictable ending. The acting is pretty ropey, there is no gore and this effort offers very little in the way of entertainment.” Eat Horror

“Essentially, the rush-job that was the movie hurts it. Director Stephen Hopkins produced a good looking flick with no real surface issues but the drained ideas tank shows and is almost bone dry come the third act, which makes almost no sense at all.” Hudson Lee, Vegan Voorhees

“The effects for Freddy’s demise also pale in comparison to the previous flick and the lame M.C. Esher chase in the end was ripped off big time from Labyrinth.  The beginning and end may be weak; but The Dream Child still has enough cool sh*t in it to make it worthwhile.” Mitch Lovell, The Video Vacuum

“Those who wondered what Mr. Krueger looked like as a tiny terror may appreciate David Miller’s Baby Freddy, but most of the dream sequences and special effects are as flat as the wave patterns on the filmmakers’ brain scans.” Richard Harrington, Washington Post

“While other Nightmare movies created a multi-layered dreamscape, Part 5 focuses more on screen visuals than logic behind their scares. Stop motion animation is used throughout the Freddy films but none more so than The Dream Child.” Without Your Head

Cast and characters:

  • Robert Englund … Freddy Krueger
  • Lisa Wilcox … Alice
  • Kelly Jo Minter … Yvonne
  • Danny Hassel … Dan
  • Erika Anderson … Greta
  • Nicholas Mele … Dennis Johnson (as Nick Mele)
  • Joe Seely … Mark
  • Valorie Armstrong … Mrs. Jordan
  • Burr DeBenning … Mr. Jordan
  • Clarence Felder … Mr. Gray
  • Michael Ashton … Gurney Orderly
  • Beatrice Boepple … Amanda Krueger
  • Matt Borlenghi … Jock
  • Noble Craig … Merging Freddy
  • E.R. Davies … Delivery Doctor
  • Beth DePatie … Anne
  • Will Egan … Semi-Truck Driver
  • Stacey Elliott … Girl in Locker (as Stacy Elliott)
  • Steven Grives … Dr. Moore (as Stephen Grives)
  • Whit Hertford … Jacob (as Whitby Hertford)
  • Jennifer Honneus … Asylum Girl
  • Jake Jacobs … Trendy Guest
  • Annie Lamaje … Elm Street Kid
  • Gerry Loew … Orderly #1
  • Kara Marie … Baby Jacob
  • Roxanne Mayweather … Delivery Nurse
  • Don Maxwell … Coach Ostrow
  • John R. Murray … Customer
  • Marnette Patterson … Little Girl (as Marne Patterson)
  • Cameron Perry … Guest
  • Marc Siegler … Thirty-Something (as Mark Siegler)
  • Michael Bailey Smith … Super Freddy (as Mike Smith)
  • Pat Sturges … Racine Gibson
  • Cesar Anthony Torres … Cop
  • Peter Trencher … Trendy
  • Wally George … Wally George
  • Ron Armstrong … Hot Seat Band Member
  • Ted Nugent … Hot Seat Band Member
  • Rudy Sarzo … Hot Seat Band Member
  • Eric Singer … Hot Seat Band Member

Technical details:

89 minutes |  Metrocolor | 1.85: 1 | Dolby

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