Movie Reviews 101 Halloween Midnight Horror – A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)

logoDirector: Stephen Hopkins

Writer: Leslie Bohem (Screenplay) John Skipp, Craig Spector, Leslie Bohem (Story) Wes Craven (Characters)

Starring: Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Kelly Jo Minter, Danny Hassel, Erika Anderson, Nicholas Mele

 

Plot: Alice, having survived the previous installment of the Nightmare series, finds the deadly dreams of Freddy Krueger starting once again. This time, the taunting murderer is striking through the sleeping mind of Alice’s unborn child. His intention is to be “born again” into the real world. The only one who can stop Freddy is his dead mother, but can Alice free her spirit in time to save her own son?

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Running Low on Ideas

 

Story: A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child starts up bring back our two surviving members of the last movie Alice (Wilcox) and Dan (Hassel) still happily in love. It is in the opening nightmare we see that Alice is still having the nightmares that included Freddy as she and we learn more about his origin story. Alice and her friends Yvonne (Minter), Greta (Anderson) and Mark (Seely) have all graduated High School now. (I do like how easily Alice makes friend because her last lot all got killed by Freddy).friends

Alice gets caught up in the middle of a battle between the ghosts of Freddy Krueger and his mother Amanda Krueger. Alice has to follow the instruction to stop Freddy once more before he takes too many lives. When Alice’s boyfriend is killed by Freddy she learns that she is pregnant and Freddy is using her baby’s dreams to take out her friends.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child tries to continue the Freddy Krueger legacy by bringing yet another idea up to let him return. This time Freddy uses genetics to help him kill the teenagers. We don’t learn how Alice suddenly has a large group of friends after her last group all got killed and the new group all have horrendously generic traits. I will say this is easily the most confusing of all of the Elm Street films because you have to find it hard to believe that these kids will fall asleep in the situation they do including a dinner table, driving or Jacuzzi. On the positive it was cleaver trying to continue building the origin of Freddy but let’s face it, it was designed to try and extend and dying franchise. (5/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Robert Englund: Freddy Krueger who has found another way back from the dead through the children’s of Elm Streets dreams. He continues to fall into the comical villain with his one liners on the kills. Robert does continue what he will always be remembered for but it isn’t his best outing. (6/10)

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Lisa Wilcox: Alice is the returning heroine who has got sucked into the fighting Freddy once more only this time she learns about how Freddy became who he is, she also has the ability to shut her eyes and enter dreams now. Lisa does a good job continuing to be the leading lady after number four. (7/10)

 

Support Cast: A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child has a supporting cast that are all used to become the latest victims to Freddy once he finds his way back to the real world.

 

Director Review: Stephen Hopkins – Stephen does a good job considering the time restriction he has on this film, it won’t go down as a classic but it will be remembered when people study putting together a solid film in very limited time. (6/10)

 

Horror: A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child really does lose even more of its scare factor this time out. (4/10)

Thriller: A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child does make you wonder what will happen in the Alice versus Freddy story as it seems to go a different direction that previous haunting by Freddy. (7/10)

Settings: A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child uses generic horror settings to make the kills look like the life the characters might one day have. (7/10)
Special Effects
: A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child falls on the special effects but still has better than CGI ones. (6/10)

Suggestion: A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child is one for the franchise fans to continue watching but don’t start here. (Franchise Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Trying to do something different with the franchise.

Worst Part: Confusing when it comes to working out who is asleep.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: 5th of the Franchise

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $22 Million

Budget: $8 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

Tagline: Freddy has a son

Trivia: Hopkins was given just four weeks to shoot and a further four weeks to edit the film. This meant that he had to shoot on one stage while the crew dressed the other, so they could shot almost continually. After he made it, the studio was so impressed that he was given the task of directing Predator 2.

 

Overall: Freddy is back for another payday with a side of killing kids

Rating 50

Halloween Kingathon – Hearts in Atlantis (2001)

Banner-3logoDirector: Scott Hicks

Writer: William Goldman (Screenplay) Stephen King (Novel)

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Anton Yelchin, Hope Davis, Mika Boorem, David Morse, Alan Tudyk, Tom Bower, Celia Weston, Adam LeFevre

Plot: A widowed mother and her son change when a mysterious stranger enters their lives.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Truly Touching Film

Story: Hearts in Atlantis starts an adult Bobby Garfield (Morse) receiving news of a childhood friends death John Sullivan in military service. The bad news continues as Bobby finds out that the other member of the three friends Carol has also died, leaving him to take a trip down memory lane.

Wee move back to when Bobby (Yelchin) was 11 years old with his best friend Carol (Boorem) and Sully. Bobby’s mother Liz (Davis) struggles for money making his birthday present disappointing but he is happy with being able to spend time with his friends. To help with money they rent out a room and their new tenant Ted Brautigan (Hopkins) who comes in full of mystery.

Ted offers Bobby a chance to earn some money by simply reading the newspapers and keeping an eye out for people who are to get him as he knows everyone in town. As the mystery about Ted grows Bobby gets a chance to grow up in a way he never thought it could.friends

Hearts in Atlantis is a drama that brings us the coming of age tale in a subtle manor, it shows how looking back on childhood will be amazing because things will have changed. It also puts us in a position of wondering just whether to believe Ted’s story as we learn about his abilities as it also plays into the ideas of government ideas. Somehow without being the most amazing story this film always gets me with its simple side or just how the little things were important in growing up. I personal really enjoy this one for all those reasons. (8/10)

Actor Review

Anthony Hopkins: Ted Brautigan is the mysterious stranger who moves into the spare room at the Garfield household. He has the ability to read minds but is on the run from something he doesn’t let us know who is after him. Anthony gives us a good performance where we see him in a stable role. (7/10)ted

Anton Yelchin: Bobby Garfield is the 11 year old boy who lives with his single mother who is happy with the friendship he has with Sully and Carol. When Ted moves in he starts to learn life lessons while working on trying to protect him an unknown enemy. Anton shows that he was going to be a bigger star one day. (7/10)bobby

Hope Davis: Liz Garfield is the mother of Bobby who is always struggling for money but we really see she looks after herself when it comes to money. Hope gives a good dimension to this character. (7/10)

Mika Boorem: Carol Gerber is the first love Bobby, they grew up as youngsters and we follow this period of her life with Bobby as they experience the first chapters of the romantic lives. Mika does a good job showing she was going on to something more. (7/10)

Support Cast: Hearts in Atlantis has the supporting character you would expect to see in a coming of age story as well as the old Bobby played by David Morse.

Director Review: Scott HicksScott brings us a beautifully shot film that will touch you. (7/10)

Drama: Hearts in Atlantis uses the coming of age angle for the drama side of the story. (7/10)

Mystery: Hearts in Atlantis does keep you wondering what Ted really has done or his ability. (9/10)

Settings: Hearts in Atlantis re-creates the look of the time period in question well. (7/10)

Suggestion: Hearts in Atlantis is one for all the coming of age movie fans. (Coming of Age Fans Watch)

Best Part: The fun fair scene.

Worst Part: I can never find one.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $31 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

Tagline: What if one of life’s great mysteries moved in upstairs?

Overall: A wonderful coming of age film.

Rating 80