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



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In the fifth installment in the Nightmare on Elm Street series, Alice (Lisa Wilcox) begins the film with the notion that she is safe after she vanquished the evil Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) by learning how to battle the dreamworld psychopath within her own unconscious mind. But somehow Freddy has survived, and Alice discovers that he's found a place where Alice can't protect herself when he taps into the dreams of her unborn child. Freddy is soon leaving a trail of destruction while the child is still in the womb, and he will become even more deadly when the child comes to term. Memorable moments include Freddy's attack on a comic book artist and his Hellish experiences when "the bastard son of a hundred maniacs" is locked in an insane asylum with a nun. A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child was followed by Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, though Mr. Krueger popped up again in Wes Craven's New Nighmare. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: John Skipp, Wes Craven, Leslie Bohem, John Skip, David Spector
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 12, 2000
New Line Cinema


Nick Armstrong
as Alice's Father
Valorie Armstrong
as Dan's Mother
Burr De Benning
as Mr. Jordan
Stacey Elliott
as Girl in Locker
E.R. Davies
as Delivery Doctor
Will Egan
as Semi-Truck Driver
Stephen Grives
as Dr. Moore
Jake Jacobs
as Trendy Guest
Don Maxwell
as Coach Ostrow
Marnette Patterson
as Little Girl
Wally George
as Himself
Ron Armstrong
as Hot Seat Band Member
Ted Nugent
as Hot Seat Band Member
Marc Siegler
as Thirty-Something
Craig Noble
as Merging Freddy
Mike Smith
as Super Freddy
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Critic Reviews for A Nightmare on Elm Street 5 - The Dream Child

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (5)

The series here takes a depressing nosedive into zero-degree filmmaking.

Full Review… | April 5, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Fifth edition of the hit Nightmare series is a poorly constructed special effects showcase.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

A flimsily plotted but visually impressive addition to the endless Freddy Krueger saga.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A genre film that won't totally insult your intelligence or your eyes.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

As for Englund, he still looks as if he's been working at Domino's too long, and he still sounds as if he's stealing his material from Don Rickles.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Don't wait for this one to come out on video-see it in the theatre and sit close to the screen. Roller coasters are always better at the front.

Full Review… | February 19, 2014
Georgia Straight

Audience Reviews for A Nightmare on Elm Street 5 - The Dream Child

3 stars

MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer

The Dream Child is my least favorite in the whole series. Stephen Hopkins is a horrible director. I was so disappointed with part 5. Good performances, good effects, but bad script and bad story. Freddy's jokes are even funny this time. Everything in this movie is just so backwards, awkward and weird (even the death scenes are way too awkward). It doesn't fit the series too well. Part 5 is like Freddy Krueger's own nightmare when he's on acid. But not all acid trips are good and most nightmares don't make much sense. You put those two together you have a pretty lame perception. Stephen Hopkins should have been banned from this series. Not bloody (just weird), not funny (just weird), not scary (just weird)...but slightly entertaining. Still, that just isn't enough. 2 stars for effects and good performances (only if they had a better script).

jd cryptic

Super Reviewer

Even though every Nightmare film has tried something new in the past, this one really doesn't offer anything much. However this film does have great moments and is still very enjoyable, but compared to Dream Warriors and The Dream Master, this is one of the weaker one, still enjoyable however. But it really doesn't anything new or creative. There's still a lot of originality present in the film with the death and dream sequences, but there's a little something lacking to make this film truly special, and memorable. Freddy seems a bit bored this time around, and so do the characters. Overall Nightmare On Elm Street: The Dream Child is a good little film to watch, but with nothing really new to add to the series.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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