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A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
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It's A Boy! (Freddy Krueger)
Genre: Horror
Starring: Robert Englund
Lisa Wilcox
Photography: Color
Release Date: August 11, 1989
Runtime: 90 minutes
Country: United States
Prequel: A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
Sequel: Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (stylized onscreen as A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child) is a 1989 American gothic slasher film directed by Stephen Hopkins and written by Leslie Bohem. It is the fifth installment in the A Nightmare on Elm Street film series, and stars Lisa Wilcox, and Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger.


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 demonic Child Murderer while protecting her unborn child?

Bad Qualities

  1. Like Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (the sequel to this movie), the movie mostly goes for comedy and partially ignores any horror elements.
  2. Disgusting effects for Freddy Krueger (Including his baby form as he looks like a deformed burnt zombie and Eustice Bagge from ''Courage The Cowardly Dog'' and had a baby).
  3. Confusing plot.
  4. Transitions from scene to scene are so confusing, the plot is hard to follow.
  5. Compared with other movies from the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child only had three, the least of any movie.
  6. The cringe-worthy Super Freddy scene (while catchy) that tries to imitate superhero comics like Superman.
  7. Bland acting, except for Robert Englund.
  8. The poster is a carbon copy of the third film.
  9. Greta's death scene is just gross it's just Freddy dressed up as a chef Stuffing Greta's mouth full of her guts and she has green puke coming out of her mouth.
  10. Like Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, the film special effects is cheesy and weird some times, for example the Freddy baby.

Good Qualities

  1. Despite there being only three kills, the kills themselves are really cool and creative.
  2. The teaser trailer is very scary.
  3. Good soundtrack consisting of Iron Maiden's "Bring Your Daughter...To The Slaughter", and Romeo's Daughter's "Heaven in the Backseat" to name a few.
  4. The Super Freddy scene despite being cringe-worthy, it is still catchy and one of the most cool scenes in the Franchise.
  5. Robert Englund still does a great performance as Freddy Krueger.
  6. Alice and Dan return from A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master and are great characters like they were in the previous film.
  7. The new characters, Yvonne, Mark, and Greta, are decent.
  8. The film got a cult following by fans of the franchise and horror fans.


A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child was poor reviews. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 31% approval rating and an average rating of 4.12/10 based on 32 reviews. The site's consensus is: "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.". On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 54 out of 100, based on 11 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".


  • Dan's and Greta's death scenes were edited in order to avoid a NC-17 rating from the MPA. They were added on the first print VHS and laserdisc releases.
  • The film's poster can be spotted in the theatre scenes in IT and IT: Chapter Two.


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