The Drudgeon reviews A Nightmare On Elm Street – The Dream Child

A Nightmare On Elm Street - The Dream Childaka A Nightmare On Elm Street 5 – The Dream Child
89 min., 1989
Written by Leslie Bohem
Directed by Stephen Hopkins
Language: English
My rating: ★★

Wow, what went wrong?

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Nightmare: The Dream Child, also known as 5, takes place a little after number 4. Life has moved on and Alice (Lisa Wilcox) and Dan (Danny Hassel) are now graduating with their new friends, Greta (Erika Anderson), whose mom wants her to be a model, Mark (Joe Seely), who is a comic book geek who is also in love with Greta, and Yvonne (Kelly Jo Minter), who is the most level-headed of the group. Everyone is happy until Alice has a dream about Freddy’s mom, Amanda (Beatrice Boepple), who was a nun and gets raped by a bunch of crazy men. She then gives birth to baby Freddy, who runs to his old clothes and forms into full-grown Freddy. He starts attacking Alice’s friends and no one takes her warnings.

Pros

The effects are really the only standout of this movie. Graphic and over-the-top make for some really fun kills, well at least two of them. The motorcycle kill is probably my favorite, as they seem to have some real fun with it.

Cons

The acting is really bad in this movie, almost as bad as Freddy’s Revenge. Actually I would say it’s even worse, because even Robert Englund doesn’t even seem to be trying and he really seems to be done with the role at this point. Everyone else just doesn’t seem to care, or they are trying too hard, or trying too little. It’s kinda pathetic that by this point and time the acting has just gotten worse instead of better. I would think that they would learn from past mistakes and do things better.

The story is just complete crap and totally a bad run in the wrong direction. Every time a movie or TV show brings a baby or new child into the plot, everything goes to complete crap. Children do not make for a more interesting or more emotional movies; it just puts more annoyance for you to “care about.”

Unless you want to see Freddy being Freddy and two good kills, the motorcycle kill is just really cool and pushes it up to a one, just stay away!

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I don't remember my real name or where I came from. All I know is that I'm traped in an underground cave with nothing but a TV, DVD player and a notebook and pen. They keep calling me The Drudgeon, I don't even know what that means. Someone keeps dropping horror movies in and yelling at me to watch them and write about what I watch. Then I eat the DVD and case, because they tell me if I consume the horror I will understand the horror. I think there are three of them. So if you are reading this right now, HELP ME!!!!!!! OUCH!!!! Someone just poked me with a sea urchin attacked to a pool cue, what the fuck is going on?
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3 Responses to The Drudgeon reviews A Nightmare On Elm Street – The Dream Child

  1. Lackey says:

    I dunno what happened. The film was co-written by John Skipp and Craig Spector, who edited the zombie short-story anthology Book of the Dead, and my understanding is that they’re decent authors in their own right although I’ve never read anything they’ve written (maybe John has…?)

  2. John Bruni says:

    Skipp and Spector are fucking legendary in the horror genre. They know their shit, in particular John Skipp. I have no explanation for what they did to Freddy. Maybe they wrote something awesome, and the studio wanted to go in another direction. I don’t know. But they are capable of better.

    • Lackey says:

      Upon closer examination, it turns out they only share a “story by” credit with L.A. new wave bassist Leslie Bohem. Bohem gets sole screenplay credit. Hollywood, it eats people.

      Skipp and Spector apparently have cameos in Nightbreed.

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