Monday, 12 August 2013

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child

"A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child" (1989, Stephen Hopkins, Heron Communications, Smart Egg Pictures, New Line Cinema) is the fifth in the series and follows on from number 4 with characters Alice (Lisa Wilcox) and Dan (Danny Hassel).

It's Graduation, but things aren't looking up for Alice now that Freddy (Robert Englund) has found a way to crawl back into the world... using demon baby power...!

One of the, dare I say it, crazier of the Freddy films, "Dream Child" can boast a lot of fun effects but on the whole over-stretched villain, Krueger, is starting to wear a little thin. The plot is predictable and it seems that Hopkins is just paying lip-service to the legend behind Freddy.

The acting is good and the effects are up to their usual fun, gory, zany cartoon standard. While it's hardly a scary film, it's a good bit of fun but isn't anything innovative and doesn't add much to the franchise.

However, it's only 89mins long and has good pacing, so at least it's short and snappy!

[Image: New Line Cinema]