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

Mike / October 20th, 2011


  • shennanigans

    October 20, 2011 at 2:04 am

    you know, never really been a guy for horror movies, but you make them seem like a lot of fun

  • shennanigans

    October 20, 2011 at 2:04 am

    or well interesting, even these are much different than today’s style of movie

  • z0mbi3jesuz

    October 20, 2011 at 2:05 am

    Anytime I see “Nightmare on Elmstreet…” on tv, it’s almost always this one.

  • October 20, 2011 at 2:07 am

    Bring your daughter! Bring your daughter.. To THE SLAUGHTER!! out of noes movies i’ve only seen 1,3 and 5 meaning 2 see 2,4,6 and wes cravens new nightmare. Nice review but they’re really getting a lot shorter. I kno freddy’s dead might not have much to say (hopefully u mention alice cooper) though i think new nightmare should be a pretty long review (big hopes.) Can’t wait to see what’s next in the series. If 80s hopefully hellraiser. Pinhead needs more recognition πŸ˜€ Gr8 job love ur work.

    • Carlo

      September 24, 2015 at 10:04 am

      How the H did you get a smiley in without it becoming a rectangle?

  • Brian

    October 20, 2011 at 2:17 am

    This one sucks and every Elm Street movie after this one sucks. Yes, even New Nightmare.

  • PDL

    October 20, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Urban Legends came on TV yesterday. I wasn’t going to watch it but I saw that Robert Englund was in it. He was great. The movie, however… not so much. I’m sure you would agree.

    Thanks James, great review as always

  • Davers

    October 20, 2011 at 2:29 am

    Definitely one of my favorite horror series. I agree that #5 is a little forgettable though. Makes me really want to go and watch them all again.

  • maikii

    October 20, 2011 at 2:56 am

    Lisa Wilcox is hot.

    This movie sucks my ass.

  • October 20, 2011 at 3:01 am

    nice video…. u always make they look interesting. u should make a hellraiser sequalathon. πŸ™‚

  • Immortalwarrior743

    October 20, 2011 at 3:04 am

    This was the first one of the series i watched. And it’s probably my 3rd fav of the series cause of the dark style and some scenes that just freaked me out till this day. There are some over the top humour but hey that’s what set Freddy apart from the other monsters.

  • SqueakyG

    October 20, 2011 at 3:10 am

    I remember part 5 being awful… but I watched it a couple of years ago and it was better than I remembered. More imaginative, good sets and designs.

    One problem is how censored it is! I was always familiar with the VHS in the UK, which was a longer cut than the American release. The scene where Freddy is a chef and he cuts the guts out of the girl and makes her eat them — that had a lot more shots in it. Then I watched the UK DVD boxset and all that gore was cut out! It was tame as hell! It turns out the distributor of the DVD boxset was lazy and used the American R-rated versions instead of mastering the uncensored cut for the UK.

  • October 20, 2011 at 3:12 am

    I thought this one was really boring, and it didn’t make much sense. (Okay, 4 didn’t make much sense either, but at least it was entertaining.) At least it’s better than the sixth one, though, which lost me at the Wizard of Oz gag.

  • dudeamis

    October 20, 2011 at 3:16 am

    Alice was Freddy’s true archrival, he eventually did Nancy in, but Alice escaped him twice.

  • Sean Whitmore

    October 20, 2011 at 4:01 am

    These have been interesting because I know so little about the Elm Street series, but they’ve also reinforced my opinion that these are not movies I’d have any interest in actually watching.

  • Xen11

    October 20, 2011 at 4:09 am

    I remember really loving this one. That whole gothic tone and how well done it is puts it up there as one of the best of the series. I actually think they are all pretty decent, except 4. But even 4 is just ok. Don’t understand the hate for this at all.

  • daveydeathray

    October 20, 2011 at 4:15 am

    These are getting shorter and shorter. What gives? This just means that I really like your film reviews and I wish they were longer.

  • Mattashell

    October 20, 2011 at 4:25 am

    I said this on one of the other reviews, but since we’re on this one I’ll repeat. What is the status of the unrated version of this film? It was mass released on VHS and played on cable, but the DVD box set of the series I have is the R-Rated version, and people on the internet are saying that the uncut footage is lost. How can it be lost if it was so widely distributed in the 80’s?

  • Mikko

    October 20, 2011 at 4:25 am

    Awesome stuff! Jaymz u rock! And yes this nightmare was a big letdown for me…. To put it simple, too goofy. Btw if u like seeing Robert Englund make a movie worth while watching. See Zombie strippers! Crap movie but i watched it still, cuz Robert is so good in it.

  • Lanlost

    October 20, 2011 at 4:44 am

    I would think a New Nightmare will get a longer review..

    I will second that it should. I think James makes these ahead of time though.

    Actually, he has to. There is no way he is pumping out each one these every night.

    I rented A New Nightmare a decade or so ago (…) and.. was blown away by it.

  • TVthePunisher

    October 20, 2011 at 4:47 am

    Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street made me believe that if a character survives a horror movie that turns into a franchise, they’ll eventually get killed off. Very few survivors that actually go on surviving in these things…I guess Tommy from Friday the 13th counts but I’m not sure about this, aside from the survivors of Freddy’s Dead of course. Saw, once it became the modern horror franchise, had very few survivors as well…though I do like how it all concluded with the seventh movie.

    Good review James, still wondering if you’re doing New Nightmare or the remake…likely New Nightmare. Then I guess it’s off to Friday the 13th for next week =)

  • 19Szabolcs91

    October 20, 2011 at 5:33 am

    I think this is easily the weakest of the series. And the most confusing one, too.


    October 20, 2011 at 5:35 am

    This film is crap but part 6 is even crappier.


    October 20, 2011 at 5:40 am

    Did you notice Alicia is the only character ever to survive 2 Freddy movies? not even Nancy can say that, she survived the first one but died in the 3rd one. Jessie and his girlfriend survived the second (maybe) but never appeared again), Kristen and friends survived part 3 but died in the next one, Freddy’s daughter survived the 6th part but since that was the last one of the series that was her only appearance.

  • Daniel_Fox1989

    October 20, 2011 at 6:12 am

    I really hope next on the list is Michael Myers. Just an idea, you should do a little research on the creators of the monsters/killers or what the key locations names are after and such to see if there is any real reference to our reality like what you did with the sleepy hollow thing which was awesome and i wish i got to visit that because i never knew it existed. That’s like the ideal name for a place for a Fall time setting. I have this woods near my house called Crows Woods, to me that sounds like another perfect name/setting.

  • Dr. Scientist

    October 20, 2011 at 6:55 am

    I always thought Freddy skateboarding while dragging his blades was a cool, intimidating visual.

  • horrorfanboy

    October 20, 2011 at 7:28 am

    The movie has good dream kills, but it’s still the worst of the series. Nice review.

  • horrorfanboy

    October 20, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Anybody know what movie that is at 00:06?

  • October 20, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Actually, if I’m not mistaken, the rape of Amanda Krueger was explained in part three by Amanda’s ghost. I wouldn’t say part five was forgettable, at least not for me. I saw that movie when I was about 9. I saw part one, two, and five the same night on USA around Halloween. One was definitely the scariest, and yes five wasn’t very scary at all, but it was still a great film to me. To me, looking at each film’s progression, shows just how insane Freddy was becoming after being stuck in people’s dreams for all these years. After a while, insanity becomes a goofy satire of it’s former self. I know that sounds weird, but that’s how I see it.

  • Zeeboe

    October 20, 2011 at 8:50 am

    horrorfanboy – That’s Mommie Dearest. I was surpised when I saw it since it’s not a horror film, but it is a pretty disturbing film.

  • Zeeboe

    October 20, 2011 at 8:51 am

    I am looking forward to the Freddy’s Dead review. I know a lot of people don’t care for it, but I think it’s highly entertaining, and it makes me think of my youth a lot since it has so many 1990’s pop culture nods.

  • NomMonster

    October 20, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Eh, about the same category as the second movie. It’s better if you watch 1, 3 then 4, easily ignoring the other two.

  • Jackred89

    October 20, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I agree with him on this one though I do enjoy watching Freddy’s Dead a lot. That movie clearly has some of the funniest parts in the whole series. I know Freddy is suppose to be scary but I felt this one deserves more respect. He had some original killing in this one too like Spencer in an Video Game. Anyway keep up the good work and I am going to be surprise if Saw isn’t the final series.

  • horrorfanboy

    October 20, 2011 at 10:01 am


  • TagaZok

    October 20, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Yep the fifth movie is a forgettable one good review James !

  • junglejim89

    October 20, 2011 at 11:02 am

    for me Freddy can say ANYTHING and just add “BITCH” at the end of it and its the greatest most funny line ever

  • Darthleather

    October 20, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Is it just me, or does James seem to have no feelings for this series at all? The passion just isn’t there in these videos. They’re not nearly as entertaining or informative as the Frankenstain and HamDrac videos.

  • Andrew_Gigan

    October 20, 2011 at 11:54 am

    easily the weakest of the series. Freddy’s Dead isn’t that great either but I think I like it more than this one.

  • ArtistVersion1

    October 20, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Listen,Im a long time fan. I am also a HUGE Freddy fan…but James,You clearly said at the start of Monster Madness that you put a lot of effort in each video with a LOT MORE EMPHASIS…and all of these Freddy videos have ben under five minutes,where the Frankenstiens ones were much longer. There is so much you can talk about with Freddy and have been really disapointed this week!!

  • Joker83

    October 20, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    I remember seeing the teaser trailer for this in the theaters and was scared shitless.

  • Darthleather

    October 20, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I just don’t know why he’s doing this series if he has nothing to say about it. Does he feel he’s under some kind of obligation to do it?

  • October 20, 2011 at 1:20 pm


    Remember my Freddy review from Monster Madness 2007, where I reviewed the entire series in just 2 minutes? Wouldn’t you say there’s more emphasis this time, reviewing each movie individually. It’s a wonder I even had time to do another Monster Madness at all this year, while being deep into pre-production of a feature film (The AVGN Movie.)

    The average length of a Monster Madness video is usually 3-5 minutes. When I started off with the Frankenstein series, it just so happened that I am incredibly passionate over those films, as they are the first horror movies I ever watched. I had a lot to say about them. So be it, the videos turned out 9, 10, even 11 minutes for some of them. That’s a LONG VIDEO for something that goes up for one single day! I went overboard. I thought that was a good thing, but I guess I really spoiled you, didn’t I?

  • figment1988

    October 20, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    a funny thing about this movie is that despite having all of the Nightmare movies (not counting New Nightmare, Freddy Vs. Jason, and ESPECIALLY Nightmare on Elm Street 2010), this is the one NoeS i haven’t seen yet. One interesting side note, the full trailer (and not the teaser which features a stroller) was narrated by Peter “Optimus Prime” Cullen.

  • horrorjunkie

    October 20, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    hey James I have watched all the monster madness reveiws and gotta say I love’em all I’m wondering if one day if your gonna review the puppet master movies

  • tweej

    October 20, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    The Nightmare on Elm Street reviews have been just fine. He sums up the basic plot, talks about interesting or notable scenes and gives his opinion on whether or not they’re any good. Honestly, I think the series is way over-rated. 1 and 3 are good but the rest is crap. The concept of someone who can kill you in your dreams is brilliant. I just don’t think it’s been realized on screen. The original Halloween, now THAT’S a good film. The first Saw film is good. The old Universal horror films are classic and deserved proper reviews. How much can you really say about Freddy though?

  • Eamonn888

    October 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I actually really like part 5 because for my money part 4 was way more cheesy with the 80’s style montage and Freddy with sun glasses. In this one Freddy is much darker even though he has some jokes overall I think this is one of the better ones but I’m always in the minority here so oh well. But Mr. Nerd come on these Freddy videos are all just 3 minutes long you aren’t really going into the back-story of the films just kinda laying the story out and that’s it. You didn’t even mention how the MPAA went after this movie and cut down a lot of the gore I was really hoping you would mention that. I’m not trying to nit pick here because i hate people who do that and I love your reviews but so far though the reviews of Freddy are good they could be a lot better and in more detail like your Frankenstein and Dracula reviews. Again not trying to hate just voicing my honest opinion and can’t wait for the next review.

  • Haisman

    October 20, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Great review, James! I hope that after you finished Freddy you start with Jason! πŸ™‚ Keep up the good work!

  • Landofunk

    October 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Nice inclusion of Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway) from ‘Mommy Dearest’ In the beginning πŸ˜€

  • greedo

    October 20, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    “There’s some cool stop motion scenes in the Fridge. What is this, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse”? I laughed out loud at this. Great line.

  • The Lunatic25

    October 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Nightmares 4 and 5 are definitely not as good as 1, 3, or even Part 2 are. But they’re still relatively enjoyable, with some clever ideas and, while goofy catch phrases, still fun.

    After all, when you keep making things things rapid fire like this, you’re going to play up what everyone likes about them. People like how weird and creative the dream sequences can be, and what a smart ass Freddy can be.

    It’s Freddy’s Dead where I feel the series falls short. It lacks any kind of real connection with the previous five films, and leaves out a lot of the staples of the series…such as the vaginal wormhole things, as well as just the overall sexual tones that Freddy has always given off.

    To me, Freddy’s Dead just kind of hangs there, like an almost severed pinky finger.

  • October 20, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    One, two, Freddy’s coming for you,
    Three, four, better lock your door,
    Five, six, grab your crucifix,
    Seven, eight, better stay up late,
    Nine, ten, never sleep again.

  • Roth Sothy

    October 20, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    No way! the comic book scenes were my favorite and most memorable dream sequences! The plot is good because we get to see the origin of Freddy. I also found it a very interesting concept how Alice gets to meet the soul of her son in her dream.

    // Roth

  • October 20, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Great review James

    I’m waiting for tomorrow just to see you talk about the nintendo refernce in Freddys dead….which is easily my worst film of the entire series…not counting the remake because that would be the worst if it was.

  • dj brizk

    October 20, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Good Review but i really think you should go more in depth like the dracula ones:)

  • Riddler

    October 20, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    These movies went downhill quickly i feel. This one, i’ve never seen it, but it was last of the kinda good movies. 6 was bat shit aweful. I forgto what i was also going to say. damn.

  • YuL

    October 20, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    I just found a porno called Wet Dream on Elm street I laughed πŸ˜›
    The industry is taking advantage of the exposure the Freddy series his getting from you !

    Great reviews for the monster madness 2011 ! Considering everything that’s on your plate right now it is amazing you keep producing these high quality videos !

    Can’t wait to see another AVGN or Board James on YKWBS episode or anything filmed with that new high res camera you showed off last week, the future looks very bright for you from where I’m looking.

    Thanks for the laughs,

  • hackvcs

    October 20, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Loch ness horror in the intro you should review that movie

  • logikzer0

    October 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    I’m glad James responded to these idiots bitching about the videos not being long enough. Stop comparing them to the SMALL minority of longer MM videos. They’ve always been 2-4 minutes!!

  • Paul Dower

    October 20, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Can’t wait to see how much you critisize Nightmare Part 6!!!

  • October 20, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    That scene were Alice is walking through the park and within two cuts it goes from daytime to nighttime. I would have totally freaked out. I thought it was pretty cool how Freddy could take over Alice through her baby’s dreams. The doctor in the film says that babies dream 90% of the time. Ohhh man! That comic book kill was so cheesy. It was frustrating to watch a gore-less kill sequence. It just didn’t seem like Freddy’s style. At least no one turned into a roach though.

  • GoldenFrog

    October 20, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    This one is an absolute disgrace to the series. No good special effects can save it from its over-the-top fuckfest of goofiness and shit.
    I do appreciate the effects, however, but that aint my point.

  • general_cake

    October 20, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    He should totally review Santa’s Slay (2005) for Christmas :3

  • October 20, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    To all those complaining: Shame on you! James Rolfe talking about ANY movie for five minutes is a treat in and of itself. Furthermore, with the exception of his review of Nightmare On Elm Street Part 2 (which, I admit, did feel rushed and was a bit sloppy) I think he’s covering this series very well. He’s definitely covering the plots more thoroughly than last year’s Camp Cult reviews. Considering all James has going on, we all should be thankful he’s doing one set of movies, let alone four!

    I am still puzzling out what the last one will be. It will all depend on if James treats New Nightmare and Freddy vs. Jason as true sequels or disregards them like he did Brides of Dracula. If so, he could still cover Friday the 13th. Personally, I hope he disregards New Nightmare and Jason X (which isn’t exactly a sequel, either) and ends Halloween with F vs J. However, I have a feeling he will instead count NN and F vs J and then do the Halloween series. However, that would eman hitting Halloween III, which is most definitely not a sequel in teh series….

  • frostare

    October 20, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    In the sixth movie is he gonna duke it out with Murdaw for everyone’s dreams?

  • Paula

    October 20, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Love the reviews, James!

    These are like Advent calendars for Halloween!

    Just wanted to take the time to thank you for putting a little something extra to look forward to in the day :]
    You are a machine for pulling these off, as well as pre-pro/production of your film, AND AVGN material!

  • conbker

    October 20, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    I found it weird that james didnt mention the soundtrack especially since he seems to like heavy metal it was weird that he didnt mention that bruce dickinson made the song “bring your daughter…to the slaughter” specially for this movie well there you go some trivia fro everyone

  • Bigmoose85

    October 20, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    I hope James reviews Freddy vs Jason!

  • Despair4Ever

    October 21, 2011 at 12:53 am

    For me and being a die hard Nightmare fan, this one even when I was a kid was never good. Now I watch it with some nostalgia and like it, but aside from that 1,3,4,6 are my constant go to movies for a Freddy fix.

    I got posters, toys, life size cut outs that are part of virtually every movie, but the Dream Child. I have an old box that is in good shape, but the toy is used with him and the carriage.

  • gluserty

    October 21, 2011 at 3:19 am

    I liked the “Mommie Dearest” scene during the intro of this video!

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 21, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Hmm, this movie I thought was actually pretty dark and disturbing. Especially the parts explaining his origin, and such. Still, 3 is still my favorite! Thanks for the review and for responding to the folks complaining about the short length. These really are more how a typical Monster Madness review is. The 10 minute Frankenstein reviews were a bonus, really.

  • oblivion328

    October 21, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    I like Englund’s performance, but Freddy isn’t even remotely scary in this one.

  • October 22, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Wow, that scene looks nasty!

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  • JayRam

    October 22, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    wow, this looks bad.

    • cordawgfrito

      March 1, 2012 at 1:31 am

      it’s not. Β it is a good sequel. Β  It is not as bad as people make it out to be.

  • October 24, 2011 at 2:20 am

    Fredy’s right we are what we eat and what we see!

  • kloraferm

    October 24, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    The story of Freddy’s mother was already explained in part 3

  • October 24, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    The thing I remember hating most about this one when it came out was Freddy’s make-up overhaul. I remember reading in Fangoria that they wanted to make him look older. As much as I absolutely hated Freddy’s Dead, The Dream Child is still my least favorite of the series.

  • TylerLeiby

    November 27, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    the one scene i liked out of this movie was the motorcycle scene they guy on the bike looked pretty badass after freddy took over the bike

  • Dalek6450

    January 18, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Was that the Killing of Satan at the start?

  • Lothar12

    March 4, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Nightmare Trivia:
    This movie originally received an X rating because of the scene where the guy turns into a motorcycle. Β (His willy was seen changing into some sort of pipe. …seriously)

  • HorazStCruz

    March 21, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I like some of the ideas; kind of it looks like the meshing out of different people which had their own perspectives about the story.
    I’d love a review of Wes Craven’s Deadly Friend!

  • July 15, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    A few years ago, when I was about 9 years old or something, I remember the remake of nightmare coming out. Then I thought if I watched the original and the remake, I would have nightmares. Never saw any of them, and they don’t look to scary anymore.

  • September 25, 2013 at 2:34 am

    Part IV was the MTV Nightmare. This one is… too. But tried to go back to more horror, unsuccessfully. It’s just.. sombre. It was a good attempt but it didn’t pull it off.

  • November 6, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    From wich movie is it with the sea monster in the intro?

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