A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child

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

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child is not great. This is the entry of the original timeline that I’ve seen the least. I had seen it only one other time before this time. I could never find it when I would try to rent one of the movies, the only one that I could find I will get to when it comes up. I had mostly forgotten about anything that happened in the actual movie. It isn’t necessarily boring just kind of dull.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child was directed by Stephen Hopkins. It was written by Leslie Bohem with story by John Skipp, Craig Spector, and Leslie Bohem. It starred Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Kelly Jo Minter, and Danny Hassel. Robert Englund gets to play not just Freddy but the asylum patient that is his father. He doesn’t get to do much while out of the makeup, but he gets to stretch his acting muscles in the movie.

Alice kind of sucks in this movie. She seems to have lost a lot of her character growth from the previous movie. I feel like her change in character comes from different people writing the movie. They focus on Freddy and just kind of work from there. The returning characters all changed, and only Alice’s father changed for the better. Dan seemed a bit more of a party guy than he seemed in the previous movie.

The Dream Child is centered on Alice, returning from the previous movie. She’s now in a relationship with Dan, the other survivor. They graduate from high school and you meet their new friends. Alice quickly dreams of Freddy, while awake, and he revives himself. Dan ends up dying in a car crash. Alice discovers that she’s pregnant after passing out at the scene of the crash. Their new friend Greta dies, and Alice sees her death while she’s awake. Alice tries to confide in her other friends, Yvonne and Mark, about Freddy being back. Yvonne initially doesn’t believe her and Mark survives a dream and believes her. Alice started seeing a child in her dreams that she discovers is her unborn child, Jacob. Mark dies in a dream and Yvonne discovers the truth about Freddy. Alice eventually defeats Freddy with the help of Amanda Krueger and Jacob. The movie ends with Alice, Yvonne, and Alice’s dad all around Jacob at the park. Once again, you should watch the movie even if I haven’t spoken that highly of the movie.

The Dream Child has great practical effects. The new born Freddy looks pretty amazing. It looks like a malformed Freddy, which is exactly what you would expect. The stuff that’s around Dan on the motorcycle looks pretty amazing. Its honestly kind of a shame that you don’t really get to see much of it in the movie. The music was done by Jay Ferguson. It was pretty okay. It was just kind of there. It just doesn’t really standout compared to the other scores.

The Dream Child is a mostly dull slasher with forgettable characters. The effects are great, but most everything else is lack luster. I’d give it 4 Freddy gloves out of 10.

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