Thursday, November 1, 2012

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child

Description from Netflix:
In the final chapter of this popular 1980s horror franchise, Freddy returns to target his old nemesis, Alice, in hopes of entering her unborn child's soul and being "born again" when the child enters the world.  Alice must stop Freddy -- stronger than ever and once again ready to terrorize the teens of Elm Street -- by freeing his dead mother's spirit so she can rise up and defeat Freddy for good.

Notable actors: Robert Englund

My thoughts:
First of all, I love that the Netflix description references this as "the final chapter".  They can't update that?  At this point, we know it's not the final chapter, because they made movies after this.

Once again, Freddy finds some way to haunt the dreams of teenagers.  Alice - our heroine from the last movie - is now pregnant, which somehow gives Freddy an entrance back to the world of dreams.  Even worse, he can now harm people through the dreams of Alice's unborn child.  Since a fetus sleeps 75% of the time (I'm not sure if that's accurate, but that's what the baby-doctor said in this movie), that means Freddy can strike pretty much any time.

It's not a bad movie, but it's definitely the weakest of the series so far.  The cheese factor gets taken up another notch, complete with us seeing the birth of Freddy, then seeing a Freddy-fetus run across the floor like a slimy burned rat.

As far as I know, this movie marks the only time in the series that teenager survives through 2 movies.  A handful of them make it to another movie (Nancy, Kristen, Joey, Kincaid, etc.), but they never survive that second movie.  Alice is able to pull off that rare feat.  Because she's awesome.  And a Dream Master.
(It should be noted that I don't count Nancy from 1 & 3 and Heather Langenkamp playing herself in New Nightmare as the same character.)

It's enjoyable, but not great.  Like I said, definitely the weakest of the series so far.  But, if you enjoyed 1-4, you'll enjoy this one.

Rating: 3/5

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