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A Nightmare on Elm Street 5 (1989)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Stephen Hopkins

Starring:
Lisa Wilcox/Alice
Joe Seely/Mark
Kelly Jo Minter/Yvonne
Robert Englund/Freddy
PLOT-CRUNCH
Freddy comes back through the dreams of Alice’s (Wilcox) unborn child. He wrecks more dream havoc and spits out more "funny" lines.
THE LOWDOWN
After the financial success of Part 4, this entry came in pretty fast, like a year later. The script process was rough, the shoot was rushed and what about the film you may ask? Well I’m half half on it. Here they try to satisfy both sets of Freddy fans: the fans that like the somber Nightmare films and the fans that like the jokey ones. It does not work. I love the return to the darker tone of Elm Street, this flick has a very gothic feel and the stylish directing helps. But every time I was getting into it, Freddy would pop out and mess it up. He’s his worst enemy here, turning what could be a serious, dark, horror flick into a freaking joke. I did expect the one-liners but why are they so lame this time around? And what’s with that super Freddy vs. Phantom Prowler shite? I still can’t get over that one. I’m sorry to say this but Freddy diminishes this film’s quality.

Apart from the Fredster the film also lacks in the teen department. Alice (Wilcox) is solid as always and Greta (Anderson) is nice eye candy, but I couldn’t give a damn about the rest of them. Die!!!

Two things that annoyed me: what’s with Alice’s son manifesting himself in the dream world as an 8 year old child? How the hell does that work? The film also raises some serious issues (abortion, legal guard of a child) but brushes them away faster than you can say "Matlock", makes you wonder why they brought that shite up in the first place.

The story brings back Amanda Krueger, kool, but for all real fans we’ve heard it all before in part 3. The only difference here is that they show it. Jazzy but did we really need it?

The opening sequence is kickarse and very chilling, some kill sequences are good but do feel out of place. One second its serious, the next Freddy is riding a skateboard. It doesn’t gel right. I liked the sets: The asylum is way creepy, the upside down world is gnarly and the comic world is well made. I also liked the story a lot, it’s a good idea! The directing makes it happen, the mood is there but Freddy pisses on it all..
GORE
It’s all about the Freddy cycle. See the un rated version and marvel at Dan (Danny Hassell) transforming into a bike…fun times.
ACTING
Lisa Wilcox (Alice) is the glue that keeps this film together. Good show young woman. Joe Seely (Mark) tries real hard but he’s still wooden. Kelly Jo Minter (Yvonne) does good but her character annoyed me. Erika Anderson (Greta) is way hot and dies too quickly. Robert Englund does his Freddy thang and it feels like he’s getting bored with it.
T & A
Lisa Wilcox’s butt and her breasts through a shower door (if they're hers). A naked Freddy baby.
DIRECTING
Hopkins knows style. I really liked the energy behind the Freddy cycle bit. Hopkins also does wonderful tricks with the camera, slaps in some crazy angles, slow motion and blue filters. I dug it.
SOUNDTRACK
A different score than the previous films. Eerie in its own right.
BOTTOM LINE
New Line’s attempt at riding the wave of Part 4 blew up in they’re faces. This one tanked at the box office. They should’ve waited a while before releasing another one. I mean we were not about to forget Freddy what with all the memorabilia that was out at the time. They should’ve waited and not rush it. Part 3 did a better job at balancing the scares and the laughs. This flick is like trying to have a deep relationship with a hooker. She treats you right, looks good but then she goes out and bangs twelve guys in one day. This flick looks good, treats us right but then Freddy appears and mocks it all. Too bad this one could have been great instead of just a passable lay on Elm Street.
BULL'S EYE
SFX man Rick Lazzarini briefly played Freddy inside of Alice. His line was, "It's feeding time!" He wore pink contact lenses and was glued into the womb structure for 8 hours.
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2:58PM on 05/02/2010

Freddys Dead is better....

At least fredys Dead knows what it is and doesn't try to be a drak horror film and a comedy at the same time. Dream Child is the only Nightmare film I don't get any enjoyment out of.
At least fredys Dead knows what it is and doesn't try to be a drak horror film and a comedy at the same time. Dream Child is the only Nightmare film I don't get any enjoyment out of.
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2:59PM on 03/10/2010

Along with "Freddy`s Dead", this are weaker ones of the series.

Director Stephen Hopkins (Predator 2, The Ghost and the Darkness, The Life & Death of Peter Sellers) tries to give life to this sequel. He comes very close...

Director Hopkins gives an gothic look for the sequel but the biggest mistake was still making Freddy (Robert Englund) cracking jokes. Which it seems out of place with the look that Director Hopkins was trying to do.

Some good visual moments and special effects helped. I do love the Comic Book Dream Sequence was the highlight. The
Director Stephen Hopkins (Predator 2, The Ghost and the Darkness, The Life & Death of Peter Sellers) tries to give life to this sequel. He comes very close...

Director Hopkins gives an gothic look for the sequel but the biggest mistake was still making Freddy (Robert Englund) cracking jokes. Which it seems out of place with the look that Director Hopkins was trying to do.

Some good visual moments and special effects helped. I do love the Comic Book Dream Sequence was the highlight. The teenage characters were likeable in it.

Still, there`s a few good ideas and better than average performances. Worth a look, especially in the Unrated Version.
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1:13AM on 10/14/2008

It is spooky...

The 1st half is definitely dark and spooky, the UNRATED version is very dark and great! The score gives me the bumps but then the 2nd half gets crappy and not a good climax at all. ITs like getting sucked off and havin to finish yourself...in a bathroom... a burger king bathroom.
The 1st half is definitely dark and spooky, the UNRATED version is very dark and great! The score gives me the bumps but then the 2nd half gets crappy and not a good climax at all. ITs like getting sucked off and havin to finish yourself...in a bathroom... a burger king bathroom.
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8:16PM on 10/02/2006
I thought this movie was going to be great after the awesome opening, but it felt like I was watching 4 all over again for some reason. I liked the characters more in this one than I did in 4, but the kid angle was cheesy and didn't work too well. Still it had some fun moments, and Hopkins brought some good style into the mix.
I thought this movie was going to be great after the awesome opening, but it felt like I was watching 4 all over again for some reason. I liked the characters more in this one than I did in 4, but the kid angle was cheesy and didn't work too well. Still it had some fun moments, and Hopkins brought some good style into the mix.
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