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

A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child (original title)
The pregnant Alice finds Freddy Krueger striking through the sleeping mind of her unborn child, hoping to be reborn into the real world.

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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? Written by David Thiel <d-thiel@uiuc.edu>

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,115,176 (USA) (13 August 1989)

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$22,168,359 (USA)
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Stephen Hopkins was given just four weeks to shoot and a further four weeks to edit the film. This meant that he had to shoot on one stage while the crew dressed the other, so they could shoot almost continually. After he made it, the studio was so impressed, that he was given the task of directing Predator 2 (1990), which is strange, considering that this movie was released by New Line Cinema, and Predator 2 (1990) was released by 20th Century Fox. See more »

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When Alice falls out of the shower near the start, she is naked. A green towel can be seen wrapped around her when she is lying on the ground; when she stands up, she is nude again. See more »

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Freddy Krueger: Where are you going, piglet? The party's just starting.
Alice Johnson: I know exactly what you're up to.
Freddy Krueger: I thought I was up to... Yvonne!
[Lifts Yvonne from water, by her hair]
Yvonne: [Screams and punches Freddy]
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In the end credits, Lisa Wilcox's (Alice) name is omitted, possibly due an oversight with the end credits being listed alphabetically and the fact that her last name would have put her last on the list. See more »

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SAVAGE
Performed by WASP
Written by Blackie Lawless / Piper / Holmes
W.A.S.P. appear courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
1988 Capitol Records
An Original Sound Recording Made By Zomba Recording Corp.
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Not The Best Sequel, But It's Not Horrible
10 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The fifth Elm Street movie is considered by a lot of fans and viewers to be one of the more malignant of the sequels, but while this is not the greatest Elm Street movie or even the greatest horror movie, it's not as terrible as people keep thinking it is.

The difference between Part 5 and the other sequels is that it tries to use the darker atmosphere of the first movie and combine it with Freddy's hammy tendencies from the later films, especially Part 4. The atmosphere has a dreamlike quality to it and the lighting works to try and match it, especially combined with more Gothic architecture as seen in the abandoned halls of Westin Halls and Alice's return to the dream church. There are some elements, such as the opening dream sequence of Amanda Krueger's gang rape and Racine Gibson's dinner party, that have a slight Tim Burton-esque feel to them. The labyrinth which combines all the previous dreamscapes comes right out of M.C. Escher.

There's also the focus on characters, with this having the smallest body count of the Elm Street movies because there's slightly more analysis on Alice's new friends before they die. We already know about Dan, but we're treated to views of Greta's unhealthy dynamic with her mother treating her like a doll and a brief shot of her mourning over a character's death by herself, which does not lead directly to another death scene. This is unique because, in the Elm Street series, whenever they focus on a character mourning it almost always leads into another conflict. Alice on her part has grown significantly since Part 4 and no longer spends her time with Krueger simply standing there horrified. We're also shown that Alice's father has sobered up since the last film and turns into one of, if not the most, competent and alert parent figure in the whole series even if he's not aware of Krueger's presence.

Then there are the death sequences, even more elaborate than Part 4's and so creepy they've yet to release an unrated DVD edition.

As for the problem areas, we have Krueger talking with a throaty growl, almost as if he's underwater, his wise-cracking attitude once again coming across as clichéd and annoying, the crude stop-motion sequences such as the fridge and Alice's fight with Krueger, and the ending where once again Alice requires someone else's assistance.

So, again, while this isn't the best sequel, it's still worth a try. And you can find the uncut deaths on Youtube, though the quality may vary. Hope this helps.


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