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A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child

1989
Suspense/Thriller
Fantasy
1h 29m
Alice, having survived the previous installment of the Nightmare series, finds the deadly dreams of Freddy Krueger starting once again... (imdb)
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A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child

1989
Suspense/Thriller
Fantasy
1h 29m
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Rated 08 Nov 2018
65
48th
Even though I like the audacity of having Freddy be the bastard child of one hundred maniacs, if your murderous supernatural villain established over the course of four movies needs a crazy origin story all of a sudden, maybe the franchise is in trouble. This one is memorable for breaking into an A-Ha video midway through. Once again they carried over a character only to kill him. I love that!
Rated 26 Jun 2018
25
4th
“It’s a bomb!” Okay so this takes place rather close to the ending of 4 ... who the hell are all these new teenagers Alice is friends with??? Where were they hiding. If you could have 100 crazy people have sex with one lady and create a super monster there’d be some weird sports sex farm where like Shaq and Michael Jordan and the Rock and Tiger Woods and one of those guys that play darts on espn all impreg-hey stop come back I’m going somewhere with this. A BAD MOVIE.
Rated 08 Feb 2008
50
0th
Completely forgettable. Literally. I've seen the damn thing but can't remember anything about it.
Rated 03 Nov 2007
7
3rd
Even more of the same. Packed with bad acting, bad dialog, a rehashed story and rehashed scares. There's literally nothing new introduced here at all. It's another cash in on Craven's initial Elm Street film that actually was entertaining in it's original concept of the dream entering antagonist. This is a bunch of camera cuts used all the time to convey that everyone in it is apparently a narcoleptic. Skip this one even if you're a fan of the Elm Street series.
Rated 10 Jul 2017
7
0th
Some people watch David Lynch and say he "just makes up a lot of nonsense". No, this is what making up a lot of nonsense truly looks like. No internal logic, no adherence to storytelling convention (and no idea what to put in it's place). Even the effects got sloppy. I didn't exactly find it boring but I find I have quite a lot of patience that way. I mostly just shouted "WHAT THE FUUUUUUUUUCK!?" in an annoyed tone at the TV a lot. Also that kid is the worst kid and anyone would have aborted it.
Rated 31 May 2009
35
6th
Ridiculous and stupid with a boring, meandering plot. The only saving grace is the bike scene is wickedly awesome.
Rated 18 Dec 2018
68
20th
2/3rds into this, there's a scene which both raises the "stakes" (since Freddy needs to keep Alice alive) & patronizes teen viewers by making adults look selfish. It also spends more time than ever in the dream world w/ "cool" efx-heavy deaths; has a very Dream Warriors-y climax; & having a fetus be a dream conduit is inspired. So: there's effort. The problem's that we know Freddy will "die" simply b/c it's the end & will return in the next 1 w/ no explanation, so, nothing means anything anymore
Rated 13 Aug 2008
11
6th
Of course the dreams are going to start again. What else is new? Certainly not the plot of a Nightmare on Elm Street movie.
Rated 22 Oct 2017
48
37th
The 5th film in the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" series is a sequel to "The Dream Master" and it's bad, just like the fourth film, but worse. After "Dream Warriors", both four and five have become a slosh of fantasy/horror-comedies that have terrible stories to string together "creative" death scenes. On paper I'm okay with that, but these movies are more frustratingly perplexing than anything else. The fun increasingly gimmicky kills aren't fun enough to overcome the asinine plots/characters.
Rated 16 Jun 2014
42
12th
The Dream Child is far too bogged down by a ridiculous plot. On top of that, this was when they lost interest in making Freddy scary. Now, he is just silly, and though it's funny, it's very overdone. The movie has some halfway decent ideas, but just as many absurd ones. On the bright side, Lisa Wilcox is back as Alice, and she's as likable as ever. Plus, the movie has some creepy, gothic sets, which allows it to build atmosphere at times. But if only that could offset the weaker elements more.
Rated 07 Dec 2014
20
22nd
At this stage in the franchise, it's basically just stringing together special FX sequences into some kind of vaguely coherent plot. It's enjoyable in a so-bad-it's-good kinda way, but the Freddy mythos is dead and buried by this point. And I can't watch the comic book death sequence without Aha's Take On Me playing in my head.
Rated 26 Aug 2012
10
1st
Horrible, noisy garbage.
Rated 26 Sep 2016
60
40th
it seems like they shot this chronologically, spent all the budget on the first two death scenes (which are completely awesome, be sure to get the unrated cut!) and then had no idea what to do about the remaining 60 minutes. there's still some great visuals and the typical "wtf"-transitions, but it really deflates exponentially after the first half hour.
Rated 29 Aug 2011
71
61st
viewed as a gruesome adventure/fantasy film instead of a horror film this becomes much more enjoyable. in fact, with the "save the baby" plot it really is almost like Nightmare on Elm Street: Labyrinth. continues the 80s misconception that "great effects = great scares". anyway, it has freddy and i love this series so i was never going to rate it too low anyway.
Rated 07 Sep 2019
18
8th
that fetus freddy was way too much.
Rated 26 Oct 2013
40
31st
A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child is a special effects showcase, meaning there's always something to look for on-screen, but nothing much else. It's a visually and thematically darker film -- at least from the director's eye, but on paper it seems like it wants to be played for laughs. It makes for an uneasy and silly watch. It ignores continuity from previous films, is already stretching the way Freddy continues to be alive and kill people, and provides little reason to watch it.
Rated 26 Mar 2015
15
5th
Easily the worst of this franchise thus far. This Nightmare takes Freddy in a really annoying and comedic direction that is totally mismatched with the rest of the tone of the movie they tried to make. Also the acting is some of the worst of the series too and that is saying something. There are some cool ideas that are never truly realized, but the plot is just weird. The comic book sequence is badass though and does get points. The rest isn't worth it.
Rated 22 Nov 2020
25
9th
Ooh, boy. This film tries to fit so much mythology in the film, and it doesn't work. It's confusing, and loses the series' idea conceit that Freddy comes after teens in their dreams. Freddy also becomes fully realized as an open mic comic, and just keeps throwing out quip after quip.
Rated 26 Oct 2021
4
27th
I appreciate it’s attempt at something really interesting here. I don’t think this is a good movie, but some of the kills are actually pretty neat. I don’t mind the goofier installments of Freddy, because I do think characters need to expand, especially in this franchise. Much of it’s story elements are surface level, but I do find myself entertained in the comedic/slasher style it clearly lends itself to. At the very least, I’m not bored, and they make good for drunk movie nights.
Rated 02 Nov 2016
1
5th
(2016 Freddython #5:) Don't know why exactly, whether it was exhaustion from watching so many of these in a row or this one is actually notably worse, but I just burned out here. This film just coasts, trying so very little to do anything fresh or interesting with the Elm Street mythology in any way. The sort of movie so instantly forgettable that if someone quizzed you on what you'd seen just one hour later you'd flunk.
Rated 26 Sep 2008
80
84th
Took my ex to see this on the big screen, while 8 months PREGNANT with our daughter!
Rated 09 Jan 2009
9
14th
The horror!
Rated 24 Feb 2009
10
19th
Superfreddy. Terrible, terrible stuff.
Rated 12 Oct 2007
15
7th
One of the worst ones, definitely worse than any of its predecessors.
Rated 22 Aug 2008
45
1st
Shitter
Rated 20 Jun 2015
20
6th
When it shows comic book kids dream.........https://youtu.be/djV11Xbc914?t=54
Rated 26 Jul 2010
49
4th
Ugh, the series gets worse and worse with each new installment, but this gets bad enough, that it's disgusting to watch.
Rated 25 Nov 2013
76
25th
Freddy has lost that usual surreally comedic swagger that worked for the previous films, but we get another set up that is radically different. To be fair, the immediate loss of Alice's powers was reasonable and the concept of haunting someone through their unborn child's dreams was considerably interesting.
Rated 05 Oct 2016
52
9th
The script and characters are poor again, but this time the freaky Freddy sequences look like they're filmed in a Hollywood warehouse. The ultrasound sequence is probably the most entertaining part of the movie and the inclusion of a baby does make this one more unsettling. This one's super dark.
Rated 06 May 2008
4
55th
The death scenes are at their peak (love the bike & time warp one) - also enhanced by how lame the cast is. Nothing further can be said of this movie in the positive.
Rated 28 Jul 2020
42
4th
42.4.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
30
11th
Oh please stop, Freddy.
Rated 01 Nov 2021
50
4th
Viewed October 30, 2021. The series’ premise allows for a level of surrealism that keeps the movies from getting stale, even as they get progressively dumber and less well-made. The Super Freddy sequence is a good example — a disorienting mixture of comic books and old serials and film noir, totally incoherent and poorly cut together but fun to look at. Still, nothing here tops Freddy’s intro: transforming from a Baby Kreuger into the full-size monstrosity as he bellows, “It’s a boy!!"
Rated 04 Feb 2011
24
7th
Another poor entry for the series. I always thought Freddy was a thousand times more interesting than Jason but everything is relative.
Rated 29 Nov 2022
20
3rd
A boring, exposition-filled rehash of part 4 yet even more clueless: stupid explanations were too much work, so let's not bother at all this time. Dead? No sweat! Resurrect your mom! Why? To replay your birth in someone's dream, silly! Boom, you're back and free to do whatever (doesn't even have to be in dreams anymore apparently!). But be warned! Someone touches your ma's shoulder for a second and she'll shove you up her womb till the next sequel! What the fuck were they on when they made this?
Rated 18 Sep 2008
14
5th
How was this not the last of the series? Better yet, how did the series even get this far?
Rated 04 May 2009
75
54th
Freddy's fifth fearfest finds our fedorad fiend in fine form; unlike its immediate forebear, this edition takes its tormented teens' fright plight seriously. The movie taps into and effectively exaggerates the normal insecurities experienced by adolescents too old to cling to childhood illusions and too young to enjoy adult autonomy. It also boasts its share of surreal FX work: particularly impressive is Freddy's natal flashback (even if it does borrow from _It's Alive_)
Rated 20 Nov 2013
10
2nd
Horrendous in every way save for a couple rare moments where some cool manages to squeak through by random chance.
Rated 03 Oct 2019
62
28th
C+
Rated 28 Sep 2013
41
12th
* Casting, Acting : 4 * Script : 4 * Directing, Aura : 2.5 * Ease of Viewing : 5.5 * Naked Eye : 4.5
Rated 03 Aug 2013
75
37th
Rock, Paper, FREDDY!
Rated 09 Apr 2007
17
11th
The rehashing continues. This film was made almost simultaneously with the previous entry, and it shows.
Rated 17 Jun 2012
60
23rd
Bad, but Englund (barely) saves it. Worth watching if you Do enjoy bad movies.
Rated 30 Mar 2007
0
8th
Jesus I fucking hate Freddy Krueger
Rated 06 Oct 2011
38
8th
Dreadful. The acting was the worst I've seen in a slasher sequel so far. Just...nothing.
Rated 26 Aug 2012
35
20th
What I have learned from this movie is, that we've GOT to set up some sort of national contingency plan to prevent nuns from overrunning our mental institutions and getting savagely and repeatedly violated. This must stop now!
Rated 26 Oct 2014
60
2nd
Not supposed to be funny. Trying too hard just made it worse.
Rated 25 Aug 2019
30
5th
'Freddy's Baby' just doesn't have the same ring as 'Rosemary's Baby'
Rated 21 May 2012
3
6th
This one is just not good. A few cool kill scenes (the motorcycle, the comic book), but neither scary enough (NOES 1) or funny enough (Freddy's Dead) to be memorable. Just bland.
Rated 18 Aug 2018
40
13th
It tries too hard to repeat Dream Master's extravaganza, but Hopkins can't really pull it off despite some nice bits - Dan's death at a motorcycle, dinner party ending bad for Greta. Mark's death as a comic book story - with a Super Freddy LOL - makes the case for how Dream Child can be seen as a freaking comedy with some lousy moments. Finale is so messy I couldn't care less - Alice has her baby, Freddy's mom battles him before the door is shut and girls sing so we can have another sequel.
Rated 23 Jan 2014
71
58th
The crazy special effects alone make this movie worth watching. For such a late entry in the series, they really outdid themselves with the makeup and creature effects. I'm kind of noticing now though... It seems like odd-numbered Nightmare on Elm Street movies are the best ones, and the even-numbered ones turn out to be sub-par. Well, I hope #6 isn't going to suck too much.
Rated 21 Mar 2010
43
22nd
Freddy number 5 is dark, gritty, and grim -- and also pretty pointless. This tries to return to the scary spirit of the original but really doesn't succeed; too many Freddy games, fan clubs, and TV shows have pretty much dulled his edge for good. Add to this a phony _For Keeps_-style view of teen pregnancy and a flashy but dull retread of the last film's climax and you end up with little more than a needless rehash.
Rated 19 Dec 2012
11
4th
The worst in the franchise, features some of the worst acting in any slasher (I haven't seen Wrong Turn 5 yet so this award is still pending). Even the kills suck
Rated 28 Oct 2007
72
51st
Seriously. One of the most touching films made about teenage pregnancy I've ever seen. I really wish it were better than it is. The film's kind of lifeless, it doesn't have the pop it should. Still, I think back fondly on it constantly.
Rated 22 Oct 2014
54
15th
Pros: A likable lead, detailed gothic sets, good humor Cons: Humor takes all fear away from Freddy, the story is lousy, aside from the main character the cast is dull. A weak entry in the series
Rated 19 Apr 2009
2
16th
"Enough already!"
Rated 03 Jun 2014
56
29th
Like its predecessor, watchable 80s eye candy full of inventive death sequences and visual flair, despite a disjointed, unsatisfying script and a cast of forgettable characters (is the douchebag who plays 'Mark' the worst Elm Street actor of all time? jesus).
Rated 25 Jul 2020
10
1st
Very bad.
Rated 05 Nov 2018
67
20th
This is installment has an interesting premise. However the rest of the film feels less inventive and just more of the same from the previous parts in this film series. Overall this chapter is disappointing.
Rated 23 Feb 2022
56
10th
The series has definitely entered "quickly diminishing returns" territory by this point, but still manages to spice things up occasionally.
Rated 19 Oct 2016
18
1st
the torture never stops
Rated 08 Oct 2011
52
17th
52.000
Rated 27 Dec 2009
47
12th
Much like The Dream Master, this installment really sucks. Horrid dialog, cheesy actors, and a dumb premise. However, where part 4 failed on nearly every level, part 5 contains some scenes that are so over that top to almost make them interesting. There's a slightly higher level of creativity here that I feel elevates this one a few points above its predecessor.
Rated 07 Dec 2009
28
21st
Bad Movie
Rated 30 Aug 2010
43
16th
Gore fans may be disappointed to discover that much of the blood and guts ended up on the cutting room floor.
Rated 25 Jul 2010
60
12th
it's sort of a love/hate thing with part 5 for me, it has some moments i like but it goes really downhill towards the end
Rated 18 Oct 2010
40
23rd
Blah
Rated 04 Jun 2009
82
37th
Freddy's way too funny, nevrtheless, this one contains more lovable charactors and plenty of orginal deaths.
Rated 27 Jan 2014
76
41st
Another so-so Freddy sequel that is of similar quality to #4, but still there is enough here to make it a decent sequel and addition to the series.
Rated 30 Aug 2016
35
6th
First genuinely bad film of the series. It adds more comedy that doesn't work (skateboarding Freddy anyone?), an annoying kid and focuses on a back story that is not at all interesting. Hopkins' direction is all over the place.
Rated 25 Feb 2022
40
15th
The Dream Child offers peak Freddy Krueger but not enough overall fun to keep me entertained.

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