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A Nightmare on Elm Street 5 - The Dream Child [VHS] (1989)

Robert Englund , Lisa Wilcox , Stephen Hopkins  |  R |  VHS Tape
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Erika Anderson (II), Valorie Armstrong, Michael Ashton
  • Directors: Stephen Hopkins
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: September 7, 1999
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000JQTQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,297 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Freddy Krueger returns to deliver a whole new breed of terror in his most fiendishly perverse frightfest yet!

Unable to overpower the Dream Master who vanquished him in A Nightmare of Elm Street 4, Freddy (Robert Englund) haunts the innocent dreams of her unborn child and preys upon her friends with sheer horror. Will the child be saved from becoming Freddy's newest weapon or will the maniac again resurrect his legacy of evil?

For this eye-popping installment, director Stephen Hopkins (Lost in Space, Predator 2) enlisted make-up wizard David Miller (The Terminator), original creator of Freddy's hideous visage. The result: a face that not even a mother could love, and terror beyond your wildest nightmares!

Product Description

Freddy is back to slash through a few Elm street teens once again. The meaning of horror is reborn when he invades the dreams of his nemesis' unborn child.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Worst Of The Series, But Still Quite Good! July 13, 2001
A Nightmare On Elm Street The Dream Child, the fifth of the series, begins with our heroin, Alice (Lisa Wilcox, returning from the fourth film) taking a shower after a romantic night with her boyfreind, Dan (Danny Hassal, also returning from the fourth film). She has a horrible nightmare of Amanda Krueger being locked in the asylum with the inmates, who rape her. Alice is diturbed by this incident, but Dan tells her it's no big deal. She starts to forget about it, until that night, when walking to work, she has another nightmare, and this time it's about Freddy, himself! So, Krueger's back! But how? He's somehow getting to her freinds and killing them off, even though Alice is awake! How's he doing it? Well, that romantic night with Dan made baby, who's slowly growing in her stomach. Baby's spend almost 75 to 80 percent of their day in sleep, so Freddy has found the simplest way to get into the teens dreams! Alice says "NO" to the thought of abortion, but now her freinds are all dropping like flies! How can she save them? The answer is in Amanda Krueger, who's soul is stuck in the old, closed down, asylum. Alice must race against time to find her and free her soul, because everyone's life is depending on it!
Part 5 is not my favorite NOES (Nightmare On Elm Street) film. It's actually my least favorite, but it's still quite good. Lisa Wilcox is great as Alice, and Mr. Robert Englund still hasn't forgotten how to play Freddy. It's at this point Freddy is now Eddie Murphy. It started with Part 4. Freddy now has lost all ability to scare, and I don't think he's trying to anymore. He's pretty funny in this wacky entry, however. Some good jokes ("Put your petal to the metal, Dan!") and witty dialouge make it much better.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good gothic horror drama September 5, 2007
The Dream Child actually has a plot and is one of the best nightmare on elm streets! I am surprised by that because the 4th installment had no plot at all and most people gave that movie great reviews. Anyways, this is a huge improvement over that tame movie.

The Dream child reminds me much more of Jim Henson's Labryinth than the 4th one which had a few scenes similar to that movie. This movie is not a dark comedy like most of the other sequels. This is a horror drama with some grotesque deaths and violence. The visual effects are creepy, well done, and really cool. The score is also really good.

Overall this film has a more gothic and morose tone to it. Some of the movie takes place inside a labyrinthine church asylum. The acting is also really good which makes this movie seem all the more scary. Some of the deaths in this movie are pretty creative and somewhat over the top.

This is a good horror drama and it is not campy at all, although Freddy does say his one-liners but this time he says it with malice.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This movie picks up only about a year after the other movie left off, and much to most people's surprise, it does seem to deliver another good installment, so why was it not that well liked? The answer: pacing. The script was obviously very long-winded and it seems that among the crew members that should help this get cut down to interesting (producer, director, editor) no one seemed to be able to work out these kinks. The result is a nice addition to the Freddy collection, but unfortunately you may find yourself halfway to dreamland yourself while you wait for the plot to unfold.

Alice and Dan return from the previous movie, deeply in love with eachother and celebrating their high school graduation. Things seem to be moving along great except that Alice keeps getting little hints that Freddy might be trying to come back. For some reason this idea is proposterous and even if it was possible, the first death (which happens to be Dan's) occurs while both Alice and Dan are awake! While Alice tries to discover how Freddy can be working without anyone being asleep, her friends begin to yet again become victims of Freddy. Eventually Alice discovers that she is pregnant and when her unborn child sleeps, Freddy is free to enter Alice's world and attack her friends. Now Alice has to figure out how she can defeat Kruger while also preventing her unborn son from becoming his prodigy in the process.

This movie did have an incredible feel to it, and although I have no idea who the Art Director was, I do tip my hat to them. The look has this dark gothic feel to it whenever her child begins to dream. I also liked the seemingly obvious planning involved in the sets as they all tend to transform from normal to creepy with the greatest of ease.
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In 1989, director Stephen Hopkins had decided that it was time for another installment to A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. This fifth installment is entitled, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 5: THE DREAM CHILD.

After defeating Freddy in the fourth film, ALICE JOHNSON (again played by Lisa Wilcox) has lived her life happy, although it was tough without her brother, Rick. But Alice has been in a healthy relationship with her boyfriend, DAN JORDAN (again played by DANNY HASSEL), while her father, DENNIS JOHNSON (again played by Nicolas Mele) is seeking help for his alcoholism problem, by going to the AA meetings. The night before their high school graduation, Alice and Dan...sleep with each other.

Alice gets out of bed and jumps in the shower. But the weird thing is, Freddy Krueger sh*t starts happening. The drain to the shower clogs, the water pressure becomes more powerful, filling up the shower. The door opens and Alice is pushed right out. She finds herself in the asylum, where AMANDA KRUEGER (played by Beatrice Boepple) became impregnated with Freddy. The room is full of the 100 hundred maniacs, who raped Amanda. Alice finds herself dressed as a nun, with Amanda's name tag. The staff leaves her there, with the maniacs' eyes starring at her, crucial and hungry for sex. As they reach for her, Alice wakes up, next to Dan. But Dan turns into one of the maniacs. But Alice realizes she is safe at home.

It's Graduation Day. Alice and Dan have graduated with a new batch of friends: GRETA GIBSON (played by Erika Anderson), YVONNE (played by Kelly Jo Minter), & MARK GREY (played by Joe Hurly). They talk about having a pool party, where Yyvonne practices her diving. Yvonne likes the idea, since she'll be the one closing up for the night.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nightmare on Elm Street 5
This is not my favorite of the series. While it gave a lot of back story and insight, it just seemed to be lacking something. It was a bit too tongue in cheek at times. Read more
Published 2 months ago by DemonessOfDeathValley
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish and scary.
I'm a fan of director Stephen Hopkins, and I feel he did a fantastic job with this movie. I saw it in theaters in 1989 and recently re-watched it at the ripe old age of 31. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jerry Hart
3.0 out of 5 stars Better Not Dream & Drive!
Freddy Krueger returns to deliver a whole new breed of terror in his most fiendishly perverse frightfest yet! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Taheen Lopez
3.0 out of 5 stars Too weird
This was really weird. I mean, it was interesting because it kept my attention, but I just was weirded out by the whole baby having dreams and the child in the dream, it was just... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Matthew Varner
5.0 out of 5 stars A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child,
This movie is pretty good. this is not one of the best out of the series but i still liked it. even the worst of the films are good only because robert enjlund does such a good job... Read more
Published 21 months ago by David
2.0 out of 5 stars Heavy on comedy and cheese, little on everything else
A Nightmare On Elm Street famously introduced horror icon Freddy Krueger in 1984 and cemented its place in cinematic history. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Tommy Sixx Morais
4.0 out of 5 stars "When The Franchise Started Losing Steam"
By the time "A Nightmare on Elm Street-Part 5: The Dream Child" was released in 1989 the writers started coming up with asinine ideas for the film's characters thus the film... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Terrance Richard
2.0 out of 5 stars Nine, Ten, The Series Is Done... When?
I can't say that I hate A Nightmare on Elm Street V: The Dream Child. I simply didn't like it, which is more than to say that I hated the film. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Under-Rated Of The Series By Far
When you go back and watch a movie - or a series of movies - that you first discovered years ago, sometimes it can be a risky endeavor: a movie you loved at 13 sometimes doesn't... Read more
Published on October 6, 2011 by Stephen B. O'Blenis
1.0 out of 5 stars The second worst Nightmare [Topped only by Freddy's Revenge]: *1/2
Alice [Lisa Wilcox] finds out that she's pregnant but things are complicated when Freddy [Robert Englund] targets her unborn child and as Freddy continues his killing spree by... Read more
Published on June 25, 2011 by Music/Movie fan
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