A Nightmare On Elm Street 5 The Dream Child.
In the summer of 1988, A Nightmare On Elm Street 4 The Dream Master was released world wide and became the most highly successful sequels of the series to date ruling the box office. With it's splashily colorful visual MTV outlook on the popular slasher series, there seemed as if Wes Craven's bastard son of 100 maniacs had massive staying power. With a TV series in the works, and massive amounts of merchandise it was only a matter of time before the next sequel was "given birth" to.
A Nightmare On Elm Street 5 quickly went into production and right from the start the cast and crew knew something wasn't quite "right". When A Nightmare On Elm Street 5 The Dream Child was released it was met with disappointing box office results as well as poor reviews. The fun luster just didn't seem to be there for this latest entry and audiences as fans like all were on fence on if this was actually a good movie or not.
This was the last Elm Street movie made in the 1980's. I don't hate this movie, in fact a good number of my friends really like this sequel. The few deaths that are featured are beyond creative. In fact, Gretchen's death was one of the first Freddy kills I remember seeing as a child. It was awesome to see the characters of Alice and Dan return, and as always Robert stole the show as Freddy. I thought that director Stephen Hopkins did a great job capturing the gothic feel and history of Freddy and his mother Amanda.
I'm not bashing this movie by any right. In fact I would do a whole post on what went wrong with Freddy's Dead The Final Nightmare. This movie really honestly could of been amazing. But sadly with brand new characters we barley got a chance to like before they were killed, poor cartoon like makeup on Freddy, and some serious subject matter about teen pregnancy I don't think anybody was ready to see, this movie came up short in almost every way. With the creative death scenes hacked to pieces, and a very shitty way to "kill" or stop Freddy, it's a hard act to follow after the amazing Dream Master which in my eyes features the best death of Freddy yet (thank you Steve Johnson.)
(best death e-v-e-r)
I find myself watching The Dream Child a lot whenever I'm bored simply because it is a fun movie to watch. There are some great scenes, and truly awesome moments (Freddy on a skateboard anyone?) A fun movie to watch on a hot summer night, but still not not favorite sequel. I feel had the series stopped with part 4 and picked up with New Nightmare, these films would have rocked any other slasher series to date!
2 1/2 stars!