A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child (1989)

35mm film, Metrocolor, 1.85:1
Dolby Stereo, English

An American horror film directed by Stephen Hopkins.

Plot Summary

Alice has survived her first encounter with Freddy Krueger but is soon under attack again, this time through the dreams of her unborn child. Freddy is planning to use the child as a way to be reborn and the only one who can stop him is his long dead mother.


Directed by: Stephen Hopkins
© MCMLXXXIX [1989] The Fourth New Line-Heron Venture
Line Cinema, Heron Communications, Inc. and Smart Egg Pictures present a Robert Shaye production. A Stephen Hopkins film
Executive Producers: Sara Risher, Jon Turtle
Produced by: Robert Shaye, Rupert Harvey
Screenplay by: Leslie Bohem
Story by: John Skipp, Craig Spector, Leslie Bohem
Based on Characters Created by: Wes Craven
Director of Photography: Peter Levy
Edited by: Chuck Weiss, Brent Schoenfeld
Music Composed by: Jay Ferguson
Production Mixer: Joseph Singer
Costume Designer: Sara Markowitz
Key Make-Up: Kathryn Miles Kelly
Key Hair: Lynne Eagan
Freddy Krueger's Make-Up by: David Miller
Freddy Baby and Resurrection Sequence: David Miller Studio
Mechanical Effects Supervisors: Andre G. Ellingson, Gary Sivertson
Special Mechanical Effects: Eddie Paul Productions
Visual Effects Supervisor: Alan Munro
Optical Effects by: Visual Concept Engineering
Production Designed by: C.J. Strawn

Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger)
Lisa Wilcox (Alice Johnson)
Kelly Jo Minter (Yvonne)
Danny Hassel (Dan [Jordan])
Erika Anderson (Greta [Gibson])
Nick Mele (Alice's dad)
Joe Seeley (Mark)
Valorie Armstrong (Mrs Jordan)
Burr DeBenning (Mr Jordan)
Clarence Felder (Mr Gray)
Michael Ashton (gurney orderly)
Beatrice Boepple (Amanda Kreuger)
Matt Borlenghi (Jock)
Noble Craig (merging Freddy)
E.R. Davies (delivery doctor)
Beth DePatie (Anne)
Will Egan (semi-truck driver)
Stacey Elliott (girl in locker)
Stephen Grives (Dr Moore)
Whitby Hertford (Jacob)

Alternative Titles

L'Enfant du cauchemar – France
Freddy 5 – L'enfant du cauchemar – France
Koszmar z ulicy Wiazowej 5 – Sen dziecka – Poland
Nightmare 5 – Das Trauma – West Germany
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child – USA (advertising)
Nightmare V: il mito – Italy
Painajainen Elm Streetillä 5 – Painajaisten lapsi – Finland (DVD)
Painajainen Elm Streetillä 5 – Unien lapsi – Finland
Pesadelo em Elm Street 5 – Portugal
Pesadilla 5: El niño de los sueños – Argentina
Pesadilla en Elm Street 5 – Spain
Terror på Elm Street 5 – Sweden

Sequel to
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)
Freddy Vs. Jason (2003)



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