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** During post-production, test screenings had scenes that were considered so disgusting that they had large chunks of them left on the cutting room floor. The Freddy Bike scene had even more shots of Dan's skin being ripped away graphically, and the infamous scene where Freddy force feeds Greta tons of disgusting food made of her innards had a shot that panned down to reveal Freddy ripping her insides out as she ate. The scenes ''still haven't shown up on Blu-ray or DVD today''. Heavy cutting was needed to keep the film from receiving the then-new NC-17 rating.

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** During post-production, test screenings had scenes that were considered so disgusting that they had large chunks of them left on the cutting room floor. The Freddy Bike scene had even more shots of Dan's skin being ripped away graphically, and the infamous scene where Freddy force feeds Greta tons of disgusting food made of her innards had a shot that panned down to reveal Freddy ripping her insides out as she ate. The scenes ''still haven't shown up on Blu-ray or DVD today''.today'' (though some snippets made their way on the ''Never Sleep Again'' documentary). Heavy cutting was needed to keep the film from receiving the then-new NC-17 rating.


* [[BoxOfficeBomb Box Office Failure]]: While the film made enough money at the box office to warrant [[Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare another sequel]] (Budget, $6 Million. Box office, $22.2 Million), ''The Dream Child'' manages to gross less than its [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster predecessor]], subsequently breaking the ongoing record of each film out-grossing the last.

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* [[BoxOfficeBomb Box Office Failure]]: While the film made enough money at the box office to warrant [[Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare another sequel]] (Budget, $6 Million. Box office, $22.2 Million), ''The Dream Child'' manages managed to gross less than its [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster predecessor]], subsequently breaking the ongoing record of each film out-grossing the last.


* [[BoxOfficeBomb Box Office Failure]]: While the film made enough money at the box office to warrant [[Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare another sequel]], ''The Dream Child'' manages to gross less than its [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster predecessor]], subsequently breaking the ongoing record of each film our-grossing the last.

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* [[BoxOfficeBomb Box Office Failure]]: While the film made enough money at the box office to warrant [[Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare another sequel]], sequel]] (Budget, $6 Million. Box office, $22.2 Million), ''The Dream Child'' manages to gross less than its [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster predecessor]], subsequently breaking the ongoing record of each film our-grossing out-grossing the last.

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* [[BoxOfficeBomb Box Office Failure]]: While the film made enough money at the box office to warrant [[Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare another sequel]], ''The Dream Child'' manages to gross less than its [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster predecessor]], subsequently breaking the ongoing record of each film our-grossing the last.


** The idea of Freddy using someone's to-be-born child to get into the real world was an idea that was considered for the first film. Two writers were brought in to write a story that had Alice and Dan's unborn child being taken over by Freddy. Producer Rachel Talalay hated their script and brought another writer in, who ended up rewriting almost ''all of it''. The only thing from their script that made it into the final version was Freddy's infamous line "It's a booooooy!!!". The two have since come to regret wasting their time.

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** The idea of Freddy using someone's to-be-born child to get into the real world was an idea that was considered for the first film. Two writers writers, John Skipp and Craig Spector were brought in to write a story that had Alice and Dan's unborn child being taken over by Freddy. Producer Rachel Talalay hated their script and brought another writer writer, Leslie Bohem in, who ended up rewriting almost ''all of it''. The only thing from their Skipp's and Spector's script that made it into the final version was Freddy's infamous line "It's a booooooy!!!". The two have since come to regret wasting their time.
** It then turned out that Bohem's screenplay wasn't entirely to Shaye's liking either, and with the writer unavailable for rewrites, William Wisher Jr. came along and did a further draft, which Shaye also didn't like. Yet another writer, David J. Schow was hired and managed to create a screenplay that most of the key players were happy with, though a few further last-minute revisions were done by co-producer Michael de Luca due to Schow having been assigned to work on the screenplay that would eventually become ''Film/LeatherfaceTexasChainsawMassacreIII''.[[note]](And just to indicate how torturous the writing process was, the first teaser trailer credited Bohem and Wisher for the story and Schow and de Luca for the screenplay; the finished film, thanks to a combination of legal spats and WGA arbitration, credited Skipp and Spector for the story, and Bohem for the screenplay)[[/note]]

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* BTeamSequel: Creator/RennyHarlin didn't return to direct, as he was busy with ''Film/DieHard2''.


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** With Creator/RennyHarlin being gone due to having to work on ''Film/DieHard2'', Robert Shaye and co had ''less than a year'' to make the film. The title was the first thing thought up for the film, as was the poster. Nobody had any idea what the fuck a "dream child" was, or why the poster had Freddy levitating a crystal ball with a foetus inside - this was because the story hadn't fully taken shape yet.
** The idea of Freddy using someone's to-be-born child to get into the real world was an idea that was considered for the first film. Two writers were brought in to write a story that had Alice and Dan's unborn child being taken over by Freddy. Producer Rachel Talalay hated their script and brought another writer in, who ended up rewriting almost ''all of it''. The only thing from their script that made it into the final version was Freddy's infamous line "It's a booooooy!!!". The two have since come to regret wasting their time.
** The character of Greta was originally to be played by , but like the character herself, she was bulimic, and was horrified by how tasteless her death was, and left.
** The infamous scene where Freddy's amputated arm turns into a number of red and green tarantulas was a ''literal'' nightmare to shoot, so much that the next bit of text will be spoiler marked for arachnophobes: [[spoiler: The tarantulas were painted red and green, and trained to move in certain ways. Problem was, only one take was filmed because ''the tarantulas were angry and aggressive''. It doesn't help that nobody knows what happened to the spiders after because they soon disappeared - some even believe ''they disappeared into the studio office''.]] Yikes. Let's hope there were no arachnophobes in the film's crew...
** Hell, shooting itself was a stressful mess. Director Stephen Hopkins had only four weeks to film, and a further four weeks to edit, with only two stages to do it on. Although he did get everything done on time, the experience left him so stressed and burnt out that he almost said no to directing ''Film/Predator2'', despite the higher pay and more relaxed shooting schedule.
** During post-production, test screenings had scenes that were considered so disgusting that they had large chunks of them left on the cutting room floor. The Freddy Bike scene had even more shots of Dan's skin being ripped away graphically, and the infamous scene where Freddy force feeds Greta tons of disgusting food made of her innards had a shot that panned down to reveal Freddy ripping her insides out as she ate. The scenes ''still haven't shown up on Blu-ray or DVD today''. Heavy cutting was needed to keep the film from receiving the then-new NC-17 rating.
** When the film was released, though getting bad reviews from critics was basically expected, fans on the other hand criticized the film heavily for being needlessly mean-spirited and downright cruel in an attempt to be DarkerAndEdgier- to emphasize, the movie begins with Amanda Kruger, Freddy's mom, being ''gang-raped'' in the asylum she worked at, and at 25 minutes into the movie, Dan got killed off in a graphic and cruel fashion- which wouldn't have mattered as much ''had he not been the father of Alice's unborn child'', Freddy turns someone literally into paper and it's shown in its graphic detail, and Freddy kills a bulimic girl by force-feeding her her own innards. Others, on the other hand, found it boring and not nearly as fun as the other films. The film, as a result, was a box office failure - it opened at #3 and soon disappeared after. Despite this, the film still performed better than the [[Film/FridayThe13thPartVIIIJasonTakesManhattan other]] [[Film/Halloween5TheRevengeOfMichaelMyers two]] slasher film instalments that came out that year, but it still was bad enough to make the producers decide to kill Freddy for good in the next one.


** In the penultimate battle scene when Jacob [[spoiler: kills Freddy by unleashing the powers that were inherited by him]], the line Jacob was originally scripted as him saying [[PrecisionFStrike "Fuck you, Kruger!"]] but because Whitby Hertford was a minor during filming the line was re-written as "School's out, Kruger!"

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** In the penultimate battle scene when Jacob [[spoiler: kills Freddy by unleashing the powers that were inherited by him]], the line Jacob was originally scripted as him saying [[PrecisionFStrike "Fuck you, Kruger!"]] but because due to Whitby Hertford was a minor Hertford's age during filming the line was re-written as "School's out, Kruger!"



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** In the penultimate battle scene when Jacob [[spoiler: kills Freddy by unleashing the powers that were inherited by him]], the line Jacob was originally scripted as him saying [[PrecisionFStrike "Fuck you, Kruger!"]] but because Whitby Hertford was a minor during filming the line was re-written as "School's out, Kruger!"

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* RefittedForSequel: Leslie Bohem first pitched the idea of a "Freddy Baby" for the first film. His pitch involved telling a pregnant executive to imagine Freddy's claws tearing out of your body.

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* DuelingMovies: With ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVIIIJasonTakesManhattan'' and ''Film/Halloween5TheRevengeOfMichaelMyers'', which were released in the same year. Despite all three being the worst critical and commercial failures for their franchises (with the possible exception of ''Film/HalloweenIIISeasonOfTheWitch'') up until that point, this film ''still'' somehow managed the best critical and commercial reactions of the trio.


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* OldShame: For co-writers John Skipp and Craig Spector. Apparently, the only thing from their version of the script that survived to the finished product was Freddy saying "It's a boy!" after his resurrection.


* ActingForTwo: Robert Englund plays both Freddy Krueger and Freddy's biological father (albeit briefly) in this film.

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* ActingForTwo: Robert Englund Creator/RobertEnglund plays both Freddy Krueger and Freddy's biological father (albeit briefly) in this film.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/StephenKing and Creator/FrankMiller were offered to write and direct the film.

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** Other early drafts including one where the kids were part of a small theater production, and another called "Freddy Rules" introduced Nancy's uncle and his family as main characters alongside Alice. This draft included something called the Coma Pit, a realm of the dream world Freddy was absolutely terrified of.


* HeyItsThatGuy: If [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S07E04TheIncredibleMeltingMan you've seen]] ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', you may recognize the man who played Dan's father as the ill-fated Dr. Ted Nelson from ''Film/TheIncredibleMeltingMan''.
** "Super Freddy" is played by the much bulkier Michael Bailey Smith.


* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/StephenKing and FrankMiller were offered to write and direct the film.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/StephenKing and FrankMiller Creator/FrankMiller were offered to write and direct the film.


*** Ginger appeared to be a prototype of Greta, and suffered from actual bulimia and a sleazy manager named Buddy instead of a domineering StageMom. She would've died much later in the film with a two-stage nightmare. First, she appears in Club MTV only for Freddy to make her become grotesquely fat pig monster, before she starts puking blood. After waking up from that part, Freddy appears and guts her open in a way similar to Tina's death from the first movie, with the police thinking Buddy actually did it.

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*** Ginger appeared to be a prototype of Greta, and suffered from actual bulimia and a sleazy manager named Buddy instead of a domineering StageMom. She would've died much later in the film with a two-stage nightmare. First, she appears in Club MTV only for Freddy to make turn her become into a grotesquely fat pig monster, before she starts puking blood. After waking up from that part, Freddy appears and guts her open in a way similar to Tina's death from the first movie, with the police thinking Buddy actually did it.

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