A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)

Now Freddy’s a daddy, he’s killing for two.

Alice, having survived the previous installment of the Nightmare series, finds the deadly dreams of Freddy Krueger starting once again. This time, the taunting murderer is striking through the sleeping mind of Alice's unborn child. His intention is to be "born again" into the real world. The only one who can stop Freddy is his dead mother, but can Alice free her spirit in time to save her own son?

Kids... always a disappointment.
*** This review contains an implied spoiler in last paragraph ***
By the time A Nightmare on Elm Street had rolled around to this, part five, Freddy Krueger had long stopped being a scary bogeyman. He was now a figure of fun, a purveyor of one line quips, while the makers were desperately trying to come up with new ideas in which to have the pizza faced Krueger still exist, and thus have more films for him to be in...
Here we are sold the idea that a foetus can dream, so not only do we get a horror staple of sex being bad for you, but it lets Freddy (Robert Englund) back in the fold - in this another garbled screenplay. Cue friends of the pregnant Alice Johnson (Lisa Wilcox) being stalked and offed by the old stinky green and red jumper killer.
It's all very frenetic and cartoonish, with gore replacing scares. There's a little ingenuity with some of the kills, such as a comic book section that has a good thought process, but once the laughable finale arrives - cuz - like - love conquers all - then you may be digging out parts 1 & 3 to remind yourself how good this series used to be. 5/10

New Line Cinema by Stephen Hopkins, Wes Craven, John Skipp, Craig Spector, Leslie Bohem.
Stars: Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Kelly Jo Minter, Danny Hassel.

Genres: Fantasy, Horror

Keywords: nun baby monster dream asylum nightmare pregnancy supernatural resurrection vision torture birth disfigurement fetus womb

08/11/1989

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