Film: A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child

"It's a boy!"

A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child is the fifth Nightmare On Elm Street film, released in the year 1989.

Because his mother's restless spirit is still trapped in the land of the living, 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.

This film provides examples of:

  • Adults Are Useless: Greta's mother Racine, who is downright unsympathetic to the fact that her daughter has lost close friends. And during Greta's death scene 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.
    • Also, Alice's pediatrician, who responds to her problems with Freddy (which he naturally sees as mental problems) by calling Dan's parents instead of Alice's own father, however troubled he is. They immediately talk custody takeover, which had to make Dan roll over a few more times in his grave.
  • Alien Geometries: The last battle is set in an Escher-like dreamscape, which is a Call Back comprised of all the previous nightmare settings, including 1428 Elm Street and the boiler room.
  • And Show It to You: A non-heart example. During Greta's nightmare Krueger cuts out a chunk of her stomach to show that he's been making her eat her own organs.
  • Archenemy: The film presents Alice as Freddy's, mainly because she was too powerful for him to control, and his empty threats and taunts seem to be his pathetic way of expressing his hatred of her.
  • Assimilation Backfire: 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 Greta is her own innards.
  • Badass Boast: 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!
  • Body Horror: Lots. Dan is fused with a motorcycle, Greta is force fed until her cheeks swell up to a grotesque size from her vomit and we then find out Krueger is carving out her organs and feeding them to her, and then much later Krueger begins to emerge out of Alice's body in a horrifying fusion of the two.
  • Clock Tower: Amanda's body is hidden inside the Westin Hills clock tower.
  • Creepy Child: Jacob gradually turns into one due to Freddy's influence.
  • Darker and Edgier: This is probably one of the least comedic movies in the series, and has some absolutely mean deaths.
  • Daylight Horror: Freddy is able to harass Alice even when she's wide awake in the daytime, because he's using her unborn child's dreams, and a fetus's sleep isn't tied to the day/night cycle.
  • Death by Sex: Dan dies because of this, though notably, Alice is spared.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Mark enters a black and white dreamscape when he is sucked into a comic book.
  • Demonic Possession:
    • Freddy tries it again, this time to an unborn child.
    • He briefly possesses Dan's corpse to taunt Alice.
    Freddy: Hi Alice, want to make babies?
  • Education Parents: Dan's parents had this attitude regarding his college career. Freddy uses this in Dan's death dream when Dan hears his mom calling him an ungrateful bastard for getting seduced by Alice.
  • The End... Or Is It?: The recurring ghost children of the series are seen before the end credits roll.
  • Enemy Without: Alice finds out that Freddy has been hiding inside her, she challenges him to come out. Which he does.
  • Evil Is Petty: Freddy frequently goes out of his way to taunt Alice by flaunting his kills in front of her and just plain harassing her when he can. However, this seems to be because he genuinely hates her and is actually unable to really do anything to her because if he does, he could end up hurting Jacob.
  • Face-Revealing Turn: Yvonne discovering Amanda Kruger's corpse.
  • Fainting: Mark in a dream faints when he sees blood on his hands. Alice does this when Freddy possesses Dan's corpse and mocks her.
  • Final Girl: Alice Johnson. Unlike Nancy and Kristen, she survives throughout the entire movie.
  • Force Feeding: Freddy force feeds Greta to death.
  • Good Parents: Dennis Jordan Took a Level in Kindness and sobered up for his and Alice's sake. He firmly stands by Alice, and even though he doesn't believe in Freddy, does what he can to help. Also, Mark's dad seems to be a pretty decent person, compared to Dan's parents who are loving but too controlling, and Greta's Stage Mom.
  • Hidden Depths: Greta Gibson is a beautiful rich girl who dreams of becoming a model. That said, she is incredibly kind and sweet, being friends with kids who don't share her level of social standing and she never holds her wealth over their heads. She even happens to love Mark, but neither are brave enough to admit. The scene of her mourning Dan's death demonstrates how deeply Greta cares about her friends.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Freddy is defeated by the same power he has been planting on Jacob.
  • Identical Grandfather: 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.
  • Immune to Bullets: 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.
  • Ironic Echo: 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 (ie, does his death still haunt you?)
  • It Came from the Fridge: After 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. For added insult, when the fridge closes, there's a test on the fridge door with the words "Fuck You" written on it. It's held by a Freddy magnet.
  • Mama Bear: 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.
  • Mr. Seahorse: One of the posters for the film shows Freddy being pregnant.
  • My Beloved Smother: Racine Gibson, Greta's mom, which is mixed in with Stage Mom.
  • Never Found the Body: It is reveled that Amanda Krueger killed herself, and her body wasn't found.
  • Now I Know What to Name Him: 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.
  • Oh Crap!: Freddy's reaction when he comes face to face with his "fathers" and is torn apart.
  • Parental Neglect: 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 the death of one of her friends, 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.
  • Pop-Star Composer: Bruce Dickinson wrote the film's theme, "Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter" (later recorded by his main band).
  • Scenery Porn: Emphasis is put on the shift towards Gothic architecture and the dark, dreamy atmosphere.
  • Shower Scene: After having sex with Dan, Alice hits the shower. Then it turns out that she is dreaming about it, and almost drowns.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: Alice learns of her pregnancy right after Dan's death.
  • Spiders Are Scary: When Freddy is torn apart, his bodyparts turn into spiders.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Dan, who barely survived the previous film, dies early on in this one.
  • Super Mode: Freddy, toying with Mark, plays dead before levelling up in the guise of Super Freddy!
  • Take My Hand: Alice finds Mark dangling over a pit, and tries to help him up.
  • Teleport Spam: A scene has Freddy essentially "flickering" down a hallway.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: Dan's fatal nightmare is him being fused to the motorcycle he is riding, and dying in a car crash in real life.
  • Vanity License Plate: Freddy's bike in Dan Jordan's dying dream has a plate which says "FREDDY".
  • Younger Than They Look: Invoked. Racine Gibson says people always mistake her and Greta for sisters, despite the fact that Racine has clearly had cosmetic surgery and wears short, dyed red hair.