A Nightmare On Elm Street 5 – Film Reel Review

nightmare on elm street 5 posterI like Freddy Krueger but part 5 of this series was pretty boring all around. – Will

Alice must confront Freddy again when she finds out she’s pregnant and that he’s using her unborn baby’s dreams to return.

Directed by – Stephen Hopkins

Written by – John Skipp, Craig Spector, Leslie Bohem

Starring – Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Kelly Jo Minter, Danny Hassel, Erika Anderson, Nicholas Mele, Joe Seely, ValorieĀ Armstrong, Burr DeBenning, Clarence Felder, Beatrice Boepple, Beth DePatie, Steven Grives, Whit Hertford

I had a vague recollection that this was one of my least favorites of the Nightmare series and my memory seems to have stood up to the test of time. This one is pretty bad all over. Lame acting from almost everyone involved, death scenes that are more cheesy than cool and the addition of Freddy’s back story all add up to one boring adventure. Freddy had lost all his creepiness by the time this was released and you can start to see why everyone thinks of him as a joke now. Just remember that Freddy wasn’t always spouting endless one liners alright. He was cool once before!

I think what amazed me the most about this movie is the lack of any great effects. Some of the deaths look terrible and Robert Englund’s make-up job looks more fake than ever. You would think that the most time and effort would go into making Freddy look good since they have realized that he’s the main draw for these flicks. Seems like someone must have been getting lazy though since it doesn’t seem like they could come up with an interesting storyline. I like how Freddy is returning to kill people by using Alice’s unborn baby’s dreams. It’s an interesting concept but it’s made lame by the fact that her unborn baby appears to her as a young boy in her dreams and it’s her child that will have to stop Freddy for good in the end. On top of that you have an appearance by Freddy’s mother at the beginning of the film telling Alice to ‘look for her in the tower’ at which point everyone stops caring about what she said and goes about getting killed. Suddenly, when there’s almost nobody left to kill anymore, what Freddy’s mother had said becomes important again. For a good portion of the flick it was completely ignored and then in the end it doesn’t really make any sense anyway.

baby Freddy in nightmare on elm street 5

A face only a mother could love.

I had thought that the kills kept getting more interesting as the series went on but this one is a step backwards. There’s the girl who is a model who meets her end when Freddy stuffs her to death with some food. It just looks so bad with her cheeks all puffed out in some bad make-up effect that it’s laughable. Another guy is a comic book junky who must go face to face with Super Freddy. So very lame indeed. At this point the series is on a major downswing and I believe that this was the lowest grossing film of the series. It’s not hard to see why really since Freddy, who is the main attraction of the films by now, is really nothing more than one big joke. Shouldn’t he be scaring us?

Freddy and Alice in nightmare on elm street part 5

Englund plays Freddy perfectly. It's just too bad his dialogue is so terrible.

If part 4 was the one that started the ball rolling downhill, part 5 would be the one where it’s almost coming to a crash at the bottom. The only saving grace of the film is the fact that Freddy is in it. Englund built a character that was just so damn cool that I don’t care what’s going on around him. I wanna see Freddy and it’s a Nightmare on Elm Street flick so I know that’s what I’ll get. I’ve got two more films in the series to watch and this is the worst one so far. I can’t remember what happens in part 6 at all which means I also can’t remember if I liked it more than this one. I am looking forward to seeing part 7 again as I enjoyed that one, even if a lot of other people didn’t. You can almost feel the end coming for this series while you watch this one and it’s really only enjoyable for the hardcore fans of Nightmare on Elm Street as they get to see their favorite villain in action once more. For casual viewers I would stick with part 1, part 3 and then maybe part 4. Just skip this one entirely and I’ll pray that part 6 delivers more than this one did.

Under the marquee – Will

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