A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child — Synopsis

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child Movie Poster

Did you ever see a dream stalking… ? The kids of Springwood have. For five years now, it has hunted and haunted the subconscious worlds of the little girls and boys who live down the lanes of Elm Street, where the dream state is a dangerous place to be.

Elm Street is where dreams become Nightmares at the hands of Freddy Krueger. Maimed in a boiler room fire, this scarred and scary bogeyman sports a dirty derby, shredded sweater and a glove with a murderous manicure-long, finger-like razors that insure a close shave with death. You know him, folks. He’s the “bastard son of a hundred maniacs,” the fiend with the frightening face, the menace with a penchant for teen meat. There’s going to be a lot of sleepless nights on Elm Street, now that Freddy’s back in town!


And, back for another killing at the box office is Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger in New Line Cinema’s fifth film frightmare, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child. And, he’s about to give birth to a new definition of screen terror as he invades the dream state of an unborn child in the latest incarnation of this movie marvel.

The last time we saw this madman, he was “resting in pieces” at the end of A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, where Dream Master Alice Johnson (Lisa Wilcox) delivered all Springwood from evil by turning the souls of Freddy’s past victims against him, who literally tore him limb from limb.

Seeking revenge against Alice, Krueger discovers he is too weak to enter her dreams to continue his rabid rampage against humanity. He must find renewed access to the living world, and discovers a new victim—the “dream child,” Alice’s unborn baby from her affair with boyfriend Dan.

Freddy nurtures his comeback by invading the dream state of the unborn child, hoping to be reborn into the world as Alice’s baby. Feeding of the baby’s purity, he regains enough strength to enter the dreams of Alice’s friends.

Alice’s quartet of comrades, at first disbelieving of her fears, begin to encounter some rather vivid visions of their own. Boyfriend Dan, falling asleep at the wheel of his truck one night, drives head-on into a fiery crash with a tractor trailer. Aspiring model Greta, who despises food, is almost devoured by Freddy as he literally sucks her into a refrigerator. The punky, spunky Mark, a comic book illustrator, draws himself into a corner in his nightmarish confrontation with Freddy. And champion swimmer Yvonne splashes into the slasher’s world at the campus pool, surfacing with the scare of her life.

Meanwhile, Alice’s own dreams play host to another inhabitant of the dream world, Freddy’s mother Amanda Krueger. Through her dreams, Alice witnesses the horrible event that led to Freddy’s conception and his torturous birth. Amanda warns Alice that Freddy must be destroyed. Her only chance to save herself and the baby is to confront Freddy in her own unborn child’s dreams, making one last desperate attempt to preserve the child’s pure soul and destroy this demon once and for all.

— Press Kit Synopsis