Elm Street Series Rewatch: Part 5
More than anything else, Dream Child feels like a direct-to-video knock off of a Nightmare on Elm Street movie. All of the issues that were present in Dream Master are heightened in this fifth entry, and the story is so overwritten and convoluted that it simply makes no sense. There are a few good effects sequences, but most of these don’t even work on a technical level—Freddy’s makeup especially has never looked cheaper, like a Halloween mask! As badly made as Part 2 was, this might be the ugliest entry yet and once again strips Freddy of being even remotely scary. We’ve flown off the cliff, folks.
Favorite kill: Dan’s motorcycle-fusion death—some cool practical effects, although this sequence is not very well edited, and features about a hundred bad Freddy quips.
Favorite line: “Hey, Mark! Picture time! Come get immortalized, parents and brats! Hah hah hah hah hah...” -Mark’s dad
Streamed on HBO Max.