A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 5: The Dream Child (1989) - Stephen Hopkins

A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 5: The Dream Child (54)

Dull outing with a comedic Freddy. It's really dark and delves into his lore.

A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 5: The Dream Child is a horror movie from 1989. It’s a sequel in the popular, A Nightmare on Elm Street series. It was directed by Stephen Hopkins (Predator 2), and features Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox and Danny Hassel. I had only seen the tv edited version before, and it had both confused and frightened me. I remember sleeping over at a friends house and this was on. It was dark and I kept hiding my eyes when Freddy showed up.


The story of Freddy Krueger is deeply explored. We learn more about his mother, Amanda Kruger. We witness her traumatic experience at the hands of 100 maniacs. We also witness Freddy coming back into this world. In Springwood, a year has passed since The Dream Master. Alice and Dan are a couple. Alice becomes pregnant and unleashes Freddy. She begins having visions again, and she warns her friends. Slowly they die off, creatively. Alice must free Amanda Kruger to beat Freddy this time.  


This wasn’t the worst Nightmare film, but it was far from the best. The acting was flat. Kelly Jo Minter (People Under the Stairs) was one of the highlights, but everyone looked bored. Some scenes didn’t make much sence or they were too artistic for their own good. The effects were great, but they couldn’t do much to save this snorefest.


While this is a much darker film than the rest of the franchise, Freddy is a joke. He goes from being a sadistic child murderer to wacky cartoon character in very quick fashion. It’s strange because this film had skirted an X rating from the MPAA. The extended death scenes were cut, they can be found on YouTube. If you can get your hands on the uncut version, then I would recommend it. The death scenes are really brutal and violent. The normal version has brutal deaths too, just not as graphic.

Freddy had changed. He was always funny, but now it was becoming a bit much. The Super Freddy scene is amazing, but doesn’t… shouldn’t fit in this series. I am looking forward to Freddy’s Dead with a bit of hesitation now. I have seen it, but I am weary about what I might say in a review. The Dream Child was gory, disgusting and funny. But also very dull. It had done alright at the box office. Dream Child was made for Six Million, and grossed Twenty-Two. But this is a clear beginning of the end for the franchise. The credit sequence is a surprise, the music is Let’s Go by Kool Moe Dee, a random LL Cool J diss track.