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->''"It's a boy!"''

'''''A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child''''' is the fifth ''[[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Nightmare On Elm Street]]'' film, released in the year 1989.

Because of his mother's restless spirit being trapped on earth, Freddy Krueger "finds the key" to return to the teens' dreamscapes. As if that wasn't enough, he also decides to enter the real world by possessing Alice's baby, who is yet to be born, feeding him the souls of those whom he has killed.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AdultsAreUseless: Greta's mother Racine, who is downright unsympathetic to the fact that her daughter has lost close friends.
** Also the scene of [[spoiler:Greta]]'s death. In the real world it appears as though she's violently choking, yet her mother and the people at the dinner party all simply stare at her. It isn't until she falls face first into her salad, dead, that her mother and the party-goers check if she's alright.
* AlienGeometries: The last battle is set in an Escher-like dreamscape.
** CallBack: The Escher-like labyrinth was comprised of all the previous nightmare settings, including 1428 Elm Street and the boiler room.
* AssimilationBackfire: This is how Freddy dies. He's absorbed the souls of three of Alice's friends, and a vision of his mother spurs them on to tear him apart from the inside.
* {{Autocannibalism}}: The uncut version of the movie reveals that the stuff Freddy is force feeding [[spoiler:Greta]] is her own innards.
* BadassBoast: Freddy gives one after turning into his "super mode":
-->'''Freddy''': Faster than a bastard maniac, more powerful than a loco-madman, it's Super-Freddy!
* ClockTower: Amanda's body is hidden inside the Westin Hills' clock tower.
* CreepyChild: Jacob gradually turns into one due to Freddy's influence.
* DarkerAndEdgier: This is probably one of the least comedic movies in the series, and has some absolutely ''[[CruelAndUnusualDeath mean]]'' deaths.
* DaylightHorror: Freddy is able to harass Alice even when she's wide awake in the daytime, because [[spoiler: he's using her unborn child's dreams, and a fetus's sleep isn't tied to the day/night cycle]].
* DeathBySex: [[spoiler:Dan dies because of this, though notably, Alice is spared.]]
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Mark enters a black and white dreamscape when he is sucked into a comic book.
* DemonicPossession:
** Freddy tries it again, this time to ''an unborn child''.
** He briefly possesses [[spoiler:Dan's corpse]] to taunt Alice.
-->'''Freddy:''' Hi Alice, want to make babies?
* TheEndOrIsIt: [[spoiler:The recurring ghost children of the series are seen before the end credits roll.]]
* EnemyWithout: Alice finds out that Freddy has been hiding inside her, she challenges him to come out. [[BodyHorror Which he does]].
* FaceRevealingTurn: Yvonne discovering Amanda Kruger's corpse.
* {{Fainting}}: Mark in a dream faints when he sees blood on his hands.
* FinalGirl: Alice Johnson.
* ForceFeeding: Freddy force feeds [[spoiler:Greta]] to the point of choking.
* HiddenDepths: Greta, a rich girl who hopes to be a model and is at odds with her domineering mother Racine. Following [[spoiler:Dan Jordan]]'s death, it cuts to a scene of Greta looking at his picture in the yearbook and crying over it. This gives her depth in the sense that she truly cared about Dan, and her friends, and was more than a total knockout.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Freddy is defeated by the same power he has been planting on Jacob.
* IdenticalGrandfather: In Alice's dream of how Amanda Krueger was raped, one of the 100 maniacs looks ''exactly'' like pre-death Freddy, and is played by Robert Englund as well. Before Alice is assaulted by the maniacs, a shot briefly lingers on his face, hinting that this is in fact Freddy's biological father. It's also hinted that this is actually Freddy himself in disguise, although why he would take on the guise of his father is unclear.
* ImmuneToBullets: The one time guns are used on Freddy they just knock him down. Seconds later, they become completely useless when Freddy upgrades to Super Freddy.
* IronicEcho: At the beginning, Yvonne asks Alice if Dan's been "keeping her up all night" (ie, sneaking into her room to have sex). At the end, she asks the same question, but in an entirely different context [[spoiler: (ie, does his death still haunt you?)]]
* ItCameFromTheFridge: After [[spoiler:Greta]] has been force-fed to death in her dream, we cut to Alice going to fetch her father a drink in the fridge. When she opens it, the food rots in front of her eyes (and an eyeball even shows up on them) before her dead friend suddenly bursts out of the fridge, only to be dragged back inside by Freddy Krueger. The fridge closes, is opened again, and everything is back to normal.
* MamaBear: Alice Johnson. She refused to let Freddy use her unborn child as a means to continuing murdering innocents, and she refused to abort Jacob just to stop Freddy. Granted she worded it that he was the last link to Dan she had, but even before she knew the truth about him she demonstrated concern for him and told him that she cared about him.
* MisterSeahorse: One of the posters for the film shows Freddy being pregnant.
* NeverFoundTheBody: It is reveled that Amanda Krueger killed herself, and her body wasn't found.
* NowIKnowWhatToNameHim: Alice decides to name her baby Jacob, after he introduced himself as that in her dreams. He himself picked that name from her subconscious, because she has always loved that name.
* OhCrap: Freddy's reaction when he comes face to face with his "fathers" and is torn apart.
* ParentalNeglect: Racine Gibson pretty much lived in her own little world. When Greta is being offered a modeling job at a dinner party and she is pretty much uninterested due to a lack of sleep and the fact that she's still reeling from [[spoiler: Dan's]] death, we get this little scene:
-->'''Racine''': Greta, you're being offered the opportunity of a lifetime. I think you should show a little gratitude?
-->'''Greta''': One of my friends ''died'' yesterday, mother. Do you mind if I take a few minutes off to remember him?
-->'''Racine''': But we're at a party, dear.
* PopStarComposer: Music/BruceDickinson wrote the film's theme, "Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter" (later recorded by [[Music/IronMaiden his main band]]).
* SceneryPorn: Emphasis is put on the shift towards Gothic architecture and the dark, dreamy atmosphere.
* ShowerScene: After having sex with Dan, Alice hits the shower. Then it turns out that she is dreaming about it, and almost drowns.
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: Alice learns of her pregnancy right after [[spoiler:Dan's death]].
* SpidersAreScary: When Freddy is torn apart, his bodyparts turn into spiders.
* [[spoiler: SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: Dan.]]
* SuperMode: Freddy, toying with Mark, plays dead before levelling up in the guise of Super Freddy!
* TakeMyHand: Alice finds Mark dangling over a pit, and tries to help him up.
* TeleportSpam: A scene has Freddy essentially "flickering" down a hallway.
* UnwillingRoboticisation: [[spoiler:Dan's fatal nightmare is him being fused to the motorcycle he is riding, and dying in a car crash in real life.]]
* VanityLicensePlate: Freddy's bike in [[spoiler:Dan Jordan]]'s dying dream has a plate which says "FREDDY".

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