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A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child (1989)

Posted in Horror Review, Nightmare on Elm Street week with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2010 by Pass the Popcorn!

Director: Stephen Hopkins

Writers: Wes Craven

John Skipp

Craig Spector

Leslie Bohem

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

Review:

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.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

Posted in Horror Review, Nightmare on Elm Street week with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2010 by Pass the Popcorn!

Director: Renny Harlin

Writers: Wes Craven

William Kotzwinkle

Brian Helgeland

Jim & Ken Wheat

Tagline: You shouldn’t have buried me, I’m not dead

Plot: Freddy Krueger returns once again to terrorize the dreams of the remaining Dream Warriors, as well as those of a young woman who may know the way to defeat him for good.

Cast: Lisa Wilcox – Alice Johnson

Andras Jones – Rick Johnson

Danny Hassel – Dan Jordan

Rodney Eastman – Joey Crusel

Tuesday Knight – Kristen Parker

Review:

Nightmare on Elm Street week continues with A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master! After being “put to rest” in the previous part, Freddy is back to kill the remaining Dream Warriors and some “fresh meat”. Our main female character in this one is Alice Johnson, a girl who comes from a troubled family and has problems with day dreaming. Alice, just like Kristen from Dream Warriors, has some special powers, which could help her kill Freddy.

Dream Master easily follows the direction in which Dream Warriors, as a movie, went. So this part is also full with hilarious quotes, Freddy’s funny one-liners and innovative kills. Correct me if I’m wrong but I think Dream Master has the greatest number of deaths in the whole series so far and all of them are surely the movie’s most memorable moments. I think it’s needless to say that Freddy lost his horror aspect entirely in this sequel. Now he rather looks like a stand up comedian, which isn’t bad at all because it depends on what do you expect from this movie. Similar to Dream Warriors, if you want to watch a serious horror, better skip Dream Master but if you are interested in watching a simply fun movie, you go for it. This sequel also offers much more amusing characters than the ones from it’s predecessor. Although character development is utterly bad, I couldn’t predict who would survive and who would die so some scenes and “twists” (if you can call them that way) were “shocking” to me.

Despite Dream Warriors had less interesting characters and many flaws, it still is a better movie than Dream Master. This one simply won’t entertain you enough if you’re not a Nightmare on Elm Street fan. It has an average story, bad acting, interesting kills and some funny moments and that’s it. Similar to the Dream Warriors, Dream Master had a script that had potential but failed in making it a more amusing movie, which would appeal to everyone. It’s very easy to compare them: they are pretty much the same because of all the similarities they have. Dream Warriors, however, made something new and innovative in the series. On the other hand Dream Master simply follows that formula. Furthermore, don’t expect anything special from Alice’s power, which I mentioned in the review’s introduction, they were just somehow useless. Oh yeah! I forgot to mention that the movie has a terrible ending. It is almost as bad as the one in Freddy’s Revenge, which left me really disappointed, and if it had been different I would have surely given Dream Master a better rating. While Dream Warriors was good from start to end, Dream Master had lot of ups and downs and generally it’s a worse movie than its predecessor.

My Rating: 5/10… Dream Warriors is slightly better. Better check that one out.