YMMV / A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child

  • Awesome Music: Kool Moe Dee's "Let's Go" which covers the entire credit sequence.
  • Contested Sequel: Aside from the second film, probably the most divisive of the sequels. Some fans really love it due to its dark, gothic visuals, whereas others really hate the clash between said visuals and a Freddy who acts even goofier than in the previous two films (though to be fair, he acts even sillier in Freddy's Dead; it's just less pronounced because the rest of the film is also much Denser and Wackier).
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming:
    • Alice's father showing up at the graduation ceremony, saying he hid by the bleachers because he didn't want to embarrass Alice. Alice assures him he couldn't embarrass her. And much later on, he stands by Alice when Dan's parents come by and try to threaten Alice to get custody of Jacob, showing outrage at the nerve the two have. When Alice first found out she was pregnant, Dennis immediately starts doing what he can to help her be prepared.
    Alice: Are you disappointed in me?
    Dennis: No. I'm not.
    • Greta mourning Dan and telling Alice that, she may not believe Freddy Krueger is real, but if there is anything out to get Alice it'll have to go through Greta, Yvonne, and Mark to do so. It goes to show how the Elm Streets genuinely care about each other more than you would think to find in a slasher movie.
    • Alice's meetings with Jacob before discovering he's her son, showing concern for him and letting him know she does care about him. When Jacob says his mother doesn't care about him, Alice tells him she's sure his mom does because she cares about him. The moment Alice realizes who Jacob really is just gives her more incentive to stop Freddy.
    • Mark being totally supportive of Alice while doing research on Freddy and his mother. When he offers the idea of Alice terminating the pregnancy, Alice says no because she feels Jacob inside her and considers him a part of her and of Dan. Mark lets her know right away he agrees with her and says they'll definitely find another way.
    • The ending scene of the picnic Alice is having with her father, Yvonne, and recently born Jacob Johnson.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Greta Gibson is arguably one of the more popular characters to come out of this movie, most likely due to how... disturbing her death sequence was. Photos and screenshots of her tend to be the most frequently posted ones online in connection to the movie, but beyond that she was given just enough screentime and characterization (such as her mourning Dan) to make her likable. There's even fan fiction that puts her in the main character role. Hell, there's even an album named after her.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Thanks to the concept of Nightmare Fuel, Freddy's "fuel injection" line is now more appropriate than ever.
    • Decades before Freddy's appearance in Mortal Kombat 9: Amanda wins. Babality!
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: Alice dreams of her womb and her baby. She's happy at first, until she realizes Freddy is there too, and has been feeding the souls of his victims to make the baby evil like him.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: It's a safe bet that what usually draws people to this installment despite the poor reviews were the extended versions of Dan's and Greta's deaths because of how horrifying they were.
  • Misaimed Fandom: At one point, Freddy forcefully fuses a character with his motorcycle. The process looks very painful, with pipes and wires piercing through his flesh, skin peeling off and pieces of machinery inserting themselves into his body all over. It is...gruesome...and if you look the scene up on Youtube and check the comments, you will find people talking about how badass the resulting being looks, and how it should get its own movie or comic book series.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Alice's right as a mother is explored upon in this film. The film doesn't try to pass moral judgement on abortion, nor is the process considered right or wrong. When Mark asks if Alice has thought about not having Jacob, Alice says no because she considers him a part of herself and Dan, not because she thinks the idea itself is wrong. The whole film is about Alice trying to keep her child from other people, such as Freddy, who is trying to warp Jacob into a tool he can use, and Dan's parents, who think they have a right to Jacob because he's their grandson and even refer to him as "It." In fact, Dan, despite dying early in the film, is given more consideration than Alice is, as Alice's own doctor actually called Dan's parents and told them she was hysterical. The film treats this course of action as wrong.
  • Special Effect Failure: For all the great looking practical effects in it, the few moments of stop motion used look just out of place, especially when Alice sees the food in her fridge rot away before Greta appears to her.
  • Squick: The film is so squicky that it's the only Elm Street movie to have an unrated version.