A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child

1989

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child

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A Nightmare on Elm Street feels exhausted by this cheesy fifth entry, bogged down by a convoluted mythology while showing none of the chilling technique that kicked off the franchise.

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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, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (21)

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

    Apr 5, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Fifth edition of the hit Nightmare series is a poorly constructed special effects showcase.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • A genre film that won't totally insult your intelligence or your eyes.

    Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 3/5
  • 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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • Freddy needs to become a daddy in this gory and gothic sequel to the nightmare adventures that seemed impossible to end. [Full review in Spanish]

    Jan 26, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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

  • May 20, 2016
    Very poor fifth part as nothing is new, Scary or done well, The plot yet again just got too silly to take seriously, The acting was very bad, Even Robert Englund as Freddy was just poor and underused, The series Should of Finished After Part 4 and now it's just turned into a joke.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2016
    Look if you've made it this far in the series then you probably won't mind it. But it is pretty bad.
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  • Sep 28, 2013
    Freddy's past is revealed, but it became sort of a black comedy which was a huge change in the tone. The acting was good and special effects were top notch but it suffered from a bad plot and script.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Oct 30, 2012
    A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child takes the series to new lows, and lacks all of the charisma and cleverness that made the series so popular. In this ridiculous tale, Freddy Krueger is able to resurrect himself and return to his killing spree by using the dream state of an unborn child, who he corrupts with the souls of his victims. The plot is atrocious, and isn't helped any by the pathetic performances. The special effects are also pitiful, and don't carry any sense of menace or terror. Cartoonish and formulaic, A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child is an insult to fans and to the horror genre itself.
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