Scarefest X Countdown Review by Jason Minton
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child – 1989
We start off with a little baby making followed by a hot shower that leads to many people’s fear of not being able to open the shower door and drowning. Alice (Lisa Wilcox) returns from The Dream Warrior for the fifth installment of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. Of course she’s bringing a new crop of teenagers for Freddy to have fun with. This time Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) is stalking through the nightmares of Alice’s sleeping, unborn child. Freddy is looking to be born back into the real world. In order to stop him, Alice tries to unleash the spirit of his dead mother before Freddy takes over the body of the child inside her.
Part 5 is the bad pun of the Nightmare on Elm Street series. The fifth movie in five years doesn't lead to higher quality. One of the most frightening characters in horror history, Freddy Krueger is laughed at almost as much as he scares. While other Nightmare movies created a multi-layered dreamscape, part 5 focuses more on screen visuals than logic behind their scares. Stop motion animation is used throughout the Freddy films but none more so than The Dream Child. Though it was made five years after the original, the animation used is worse than any of the previous films.
Two interesting characters were created in Alice’s best friends Yvonne (Kelly Jo Minter) and Mark (Joe Seely) who would have made great additions to the leftover cast of Dream Warriors if they hadn’t been decimated in the previous film. The subplot storylines of Freddy’s mother and an unborn fetus who appears as a young boy in dream sequences was an attempt to do too much instead of focusing on the quality of what you already have. This is my personal least favorite of the original Nightmare on Elm Street franchise.
3 out of 5 Headless Critics
WYH Interview with Lisa Wilcox “Alice” of A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 & 5
WYH presents The Ladies of Elm Street Q&A Panel hosted by Neal Jones