A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child (1989)
Writers: Wes Craven
Tagline: It’s A Boy!
Plot: Alice, having survived the previous installment of the Nightmare series, finds the deadly dreams of Freddy Krueger starting once again…
Cast: Robert Englund – Freddy Krueger / Featured Maniac
Lisa Wilcox – Alice Johnson
Kelly Jo Minter – Yvonne
Danny Hassel – Dan Jordan
Erika Anderson – Greta Gibson
I’m sorry for being absent again this past few days. But now I’m back with the review of the Dream Child, the 5th movie from the Nightmare on Elm Street series. Freddy is revived and back again to haunt the dreams of Springewood teenagers. Now he uses Alice’s unborn baby to get to “fresh meat”. Despite this plot summary, which may sound stupid and dull, I found Dream Child to be an ok, watchable movie.
When I started watching it, I thought to myself that it could be the best sequel in the NoES series so far. It begins with one of Alice’s dreams, which was very creepy and disturbing. In it we see how Amanda Krueger, Freddy’s mother, was overwhelmed by 100 maniacs in the asylum where she worked. Robert Englund even had an awesome cameo in those scenes as one of the maniacs. After that, in another dream, we see more disturbing scenes like Amanda giving birth to Freddy. That second dream somehow revives him and he is back again. This is what Nightmare on Elm Street is all about. Twisted creepy scenes perfectly combined with dark humour. The movie managed to completely amaze me by then. After Dream Master (an ok movie which really lacked any kind of horror elements) Dream Child came to me like a breath of fresh air. This sequel also features some of the best murders in whole series. Freddy almost didn’t use his razor glove at all but killed his victims in all kinds of humorous and interesting ways. Unfortunately, there are only few deaths that occur during the movie. His “new style” had much more potential and shouldn’t have been wasted on few kills.
Even though it seems that Dream Child has only some minor flaws, it definitely isn’t a very good movie. It had a very strong and decent beginning but as soon as we meet our main characters, it all goes downhill. They are a bunch of one dimensional, undeveloped idiots full of cliches, which were quite annoying and boring to watch. And the worst of all, the character who annoyed me the most survived the whole movie. In addition to their shallow personalities, acting was awful. I know I can’t expect some special characters from a movie like The Dream Child but at least they could have been a bit less irritating – two previous parts from the series didn’t have problems like this. I have to say something about Alice’s son, Jacob. In some scenes his appearance helped create a creepy atmosphere but in other one he seemed completely useless…so I don’t know what to think of him. Besides that, as the time was passing by, the movie was getting worse and worse. Some scenes didn’t make sense at all, the whole plot synopsis is bad and accomplishing some things seemed too easy (like finding out how to defeat Freddy and doing so). In conclusion, the movie suffers from a huge script writing problem. It is interesting how can a movie have such a good start and continue/finish being below average. All in all, I give it a same grade as I gave to The Dream Master.
My Rating: 5/10… Nice beginning but almost everything else sucks.