Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, A

A resuscitated dream demon tracks down the woman who defeated him and tampers with her pregnancy to regain his powers.
 
 
United States
1989
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Festivity: 
Graduation Day
Dimensional: 
Cartoon
Nightmare
Fluids: 
Water
 
 
 
 
7.04
Will give you night terrors!
 
8
6
6
7.04
4
4
Ambiance
Dialog
Plot
For the second time, some surviving characters are carried over to the sequel, cementing this one and the previous two together. Time passes and our protagonists can only be teenagers for so long. Having just graduated from high school, Alice, is now pregnant and rather depressive. She made new friends who do like to party, but it doesn't make the film fun and innocent. This one is darker.
Exposing themes such as fetus possession, child abortion, dream rape and grieving single parenthood, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5, like his aging audience, deals with more serious and spiritual subject matter. The cast is lovely. The acting isn't always on the note, but we care for the characters, their skills and interests, presuming they will be glorified or used against them in the dream world.
Sure, the sound is a little weird and it's not as bubbly as the other sequels, but it holds up in terms of ambiance and scares. This one deals with the consequences of franchise continuity by letting us in on the collateral damage. It's very gory, well-written, hazy. The editing seems botched, but the effects, set design and matte painting compensate, redeeming the visuals.