A Nightmare on Elm Street 5 - The Dream Child Reviews
Characters: I hated the Mark character originally now I don't find him nearly as bad. I don't know what changed this time around but when ever he spoke originally I cringed and now I don't.
I always liked Yvonne, I assume she's new in town for one and I felt we needed a character that doesn't believe Alice because that adds some tid bit of reality.
Gretta I'm on the fence because the way she and her mother speaks is still cringe worthy. The subtext that she could like Mark isn't a bad thing though. Also the fact that she has an overbearing mother that forces her to model is kindof interesting and plays out relatively well later.
Alice as a character still has a few issues, she still tells her friends who wouldn't be in this situation had she not told them about Freddy and her friends suffer for it. However most other things are actually pretty good about her.
Alice is SPOILER ALERT pregnant and Freddy is using the baby's dreams. (Not sure how he can understand the information that he does, but he does.) This is used as a comparison to the Amanda Krueger story that was introduced in part 3. (Part 3 is really good I recommend it)
In part 4 Freddy kind of becomes a part of her in this she SPOILER ALERT is able to exercise him out with the help of Amanda and her son.
If you liked part 4 this is a decent completion to that story.
Other than certain things not making sense the tone felt like it was fighting itself. Is this supposed to be scary or funny? I have no clue. There are moments where Freddy looks good on the Blu Ray but mostly straight up awful on the DVD. Freddy still tells to many jokes and acts over the top silly in this entry. Sure it's tame compared to Freddy's Dead but it still doesn't excuse it.
For what it is it's pretty good but as a fan of this series I prefer a more scary Freddy and I want to be convinced of the reality of it like the first 3 movies did (though 2 can be debated on if it convinces you about the reality). I don't count parts 4 5 and 6 in my personal canon and see them as only movies.
All in all I understand what the film was going for but I don't think it succeeded in it and after an entry like 3 I just can't deal with the quality of things moving away from scares and a sense of reality that there just isn't enough of for me personally. I'd give it a higher score if it made more sense and was going for scares.