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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The fifth installment of the popular franchise focuses on Alice (Lisa Wilcox), a survivor of the fourth, who believes Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) has been eliminated for good. She optimistically hopes to start a life with fellow survivor Dan (Danny Hassel). The nightmares begin soon enough, though, and Alice learns she is pregnant. When her friends start dying, Alice suspects that Freddy is using the fetus within her as a weapon. Can she fight the demon while protecting her unborn child?

Cast & Crew

Robert Englund
Freddy Krueger
Lisa Wilcox
Alice Johnson
Danny Hassel
Daniel 'Dan' Jordan
Erika Anderson
Greta Gibson
Nicholas Mele
Mr. Johnson
Beatrice Boepple
Amanda Kreuger
Joe Seely
Mark Gray
Sara Risher
Executive Producer
Jon Turtle
Executive Producer
Bruce Dickinson
Original Music
Peter Levy
Cinematographer
Brent A. Schoenfeld
Film Editor
Chuck Weiss
Film Editor
Annette Benson
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Critic Reviews for A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (22)

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

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

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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

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

    August 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.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • Even though the transitioning into nightmares is still admittedly amusing, the specific scary visions, based on individual fears, are rarely terrifying.

    September 6, 2020 | Rating: 2/10 | 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.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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