While our children are indeed our future, their path is always uncertain. Despite the fact that we do our best to raise them as good people who will change the world there comes a point where they will become their own man or woman and their path is their own to walk.
They will either change the world and make us proud, or they will follow a darker path, causing heartache for those at home. Perhaps what terrifies all of us the most is the fact that despite our best intentions, we will never truly know how our children will end up. It is this intriguing idea of parents and kids and how they end up that is central to one of the darkest films in the Elm Street franchise, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child.
Alice and her friends have moved on from their nightmares. In fact, after defeating Freddy Krueger and freeing all the souls he has collected, Alice is headed to adulthood...and motherhood. Her and her boyfriend Danny will soon be parents and as she prepares herself for the impending bundle of joy, something from beyond has found a way to use her child to its advantage. Krueger has returned and he will begin his killing again, by using the dreams of her unborn child. Now Alice must search for the one thing in this world that may finally contain Freddy...the remains of his mother.
So I made mention that this was one of the darkest films in the franchise and man it is. This movie is the polar opposite of the last two. Gritty, angry and at times, extremely terrifying. The kills are satisfying but the magic once again comes from Robert Englund. Sure he has his one liners in the movie, but wow, he delivers them with such a sadistic darkness that it is clear that Freddy is out for revenge and adds an ugly side to the character we have never seen before or again.
Of course the theme of parents and their children takes center stage as well, since Amanda Krueger is working from beyond to stop her son from killing so many while Alice is working hard to keep her son from ending up like the monster that haunts her dreams. That moment comes full circle near the end in a fascinating way but it's another brainy theme from a franchise that didn't show these chops until parts four and five.
Sadly, it was not well received and understandably so. This one went back to its horror roots and did it well but audiences wanted the super star Freddy Krueger, not the murderous and bloodthirsty nightmare he truly is. Either way, revisit this one if you haven't, it's a gem really and one worth watching.