A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child

Despite being what many consider a series low, Nightmare on Elm Street’s slightly controversial fifth entry suffers far more under a rushed production schedule than any controversial right-to-life message or problematic material. Oddly enough, Freddy’s most censored outing turned out to be our longest episode yet. We can’t wait to hear what you think!

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5 thoughts on “A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child

  1. It’s still better than 2 and 6, but boy does this movie kinda suck. I appreciate it at least tries to still go for the weird dreams rather than laziness like we see in 2 (and the remake), but you can tell they were extremely limited in time on this one.

  2. I think it’s unfair Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child gets a lot of flack because I don’t think it’s a right to life message. It’s more about a woman’s choice to keep her baby or not. I do have to admire the film even after so many years since first watching it so like Chris and Louis, I have fun baggage with this. But first, I will say, yes I understand the problematic aspects. Though really? The original Nightmare on Elm Street was supposed to take place in 1981? But hilarious story about that audiotape on the Nightmare on Elm Street 5 novelization. Ha! LOL My mother would have the same reaction had that happened to me.

    Anyway, first time I noticed this film was on Showtime back in 2003 but didn’t finish the rest due to my bedtime imposed on me. I did eventually watch all of it however on the same channel and I was fascinated by what I saw from the death scenes to the look of the film. It used to be my favorite installment from the franchise. I did also rent the Unrated VHS and the deaths are even better. I mean, I like the death scenes all the same but the ultimate result was great. It’s just too bad the DVD and Blu-Ray couldn’t restore them. I’d hope one day they’ll get restored like maybe WB/New Line would give Shout Factory the okay to do a Scream Factory release with the cut stuff back in. Then again, the MPAA are run by hypocrites. They target indie films and give free passes to the studio stuff even back then. They especially had a real hard on hate for Horror films in those days. You should hear the stories about submitting Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III to the MPAA.

    But anyway, the original is my most favorite bar none but 5 I do like. I admire what it was trying to do and it has a lot of stuff I like. Even the weird stuff like Freddy’s rebirth which, wow. I even like the comic book death scene and I get a kick that I saw a lot of Marvel stuff at the start and end of that sequence. And while I can wish it was more polished so to speak but what can you do on a rushed schedule? Though I think it’s fine even in spite of that.

    I disagree on Yvonne however if only because I don’t find her much annoying and it’s cool that a black girl gets to not only survive but also help out defeating Freddy a bit what with freeing her mother and all. Actually it would be cool if a future film had a final girl who is black or at the very least non-white.

    Dan’s death scene, I love the effects work for this. Basically it looked like if H.R. Giger designed Ghost Rider and I love the rapid editing and music for this. Over the top? Maybe but I like the execution. Whit Hertford, seen him in Full House, Peter Pan and the Pirates, even Land Before Time 3. And my first introduction to him was yeah, Jurassic Park. Can’t believe I didn’t recognize him the first time I saw Nightmare on Elm Street 5.

    I also like the soundtrack and the score, I always remember much of that score and the songs. Regarding the premise, I always saw it as Freddy hijacking Alice’s baby. Like no question Dan’s the father but I think the idea was Freddy just hijacking the baby to make the kid like him.

    I know in a previous draft of the script, Greta’s death was more about art stuff or statues tearing her apart. Though I think that’s for a separate film anyway given Greta’s death in the final film is disturbing as all hell.

    Funny enough though, I memorize a lot of Freddy’s dialogue from this film. I don’t know why but I guess I thought it was very memorable enough but then again, I memorize Freddy’s dialogue from ALL the films.

    Funny though, I was thinking Take on Me with the comic book stuff. The director of the Ninja Turtles movie name is Steve Barron by the way, he even made Coneheads and Rat.

    Back to Mark’s death scene, I’m impressed everything but Mark was done in black and white for that scene. You got to admire the lengths they went to for this film. For that Rob Liefeld comparison, now that you bring it up, I’m amused a Rob Liefeld-esque character can’t kill Freddy which excites me greatly. Oh and fun fact because of the dozens of Marvel comics in a few scenes from this film, Marvel did have the publication rights to make Nightmare on Elm Street comics but only for two issues due to the president at the time realizing what the films were…which begs the question why said president even bothered getting the rights if he didn’t like Horror movies.

    Admittedly though, I don’t get how Freddy was defeated so maybe Hertford describing it as him barfing on Freddy is pretty apt. But I really, really dig the asylum and M.C. Escher stuff myself. The perspectives, the effects, everything. Just amazing really. Amazing it took four weeks to shoot and got Stephen Hopkins the gig to direct Predator 2. Like that one myself too actually.

    That Vincent Price laugh, yeah, interesting way to start off the song for Let’s Go for the end credits. In my defense however, I was born before Vincent Price died. Oh and fun fact, the Kool Moe Dee song contained disses for LL Cool J.

    But yeah, Nightmare on Elm Street 5, not as bad as people say it is and yes, I am going to go for bat for Freddy’s Dead. I have a very good reason, trust me.

  3. This was my introduction to the franchise as well and that comic book death has been burned into my brain since childhood. Love it.

  4. LOL I also pointed out the Street Fighter thing to my wife during IT. We’re all irreparably damaged inside.

    Then they revealed it was Street Fighter 1, and I was like, “Yeah, right, I’m sure that’s the game these kids were clamoring to play.” And then I was like, “Well, they are the Losers Club….” XD

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