Behind-the-Scenes from the Making of ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child’, 1989

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child is a 1989 American gothic slasher film and the Franchise’s fifth installment. There is a much darker tone to the movie than in previous installments. The majority of the scenes are lit with a blue filter lighting technique. It is one of the final slasher films released in the 1980s. Robert Englund reprises his role of Freddy in the story as this time he would like to gain power by using Alice’s unborn child. Lisa Wilcox is again Alice, and Lisa Wilcox is again playing Alice. The film also tells the story of Freddy’s birth and his mother, Amanda.

Just like A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, the script for The Dream Child, wasn’t finished by the time filming started. Stephen Hopkins, the director, has admitted the script was incomplete, and pretty much everyone agrees that the production was rushed. Since the script was being written while they filmed, it was constantly changing. Joe Seely (who plays Mark) admitted that he stopped memorizing his lines because they would be changed the next day. The final cut of the film omitted several scenes. The graduation sequence with Alice’s dad giving her the camera was drastically cut. As a result, there are several minor continuity errors, such as Alice holding airplane tickets moments before Dan gives them as a surprise gift. Among the most altered sequences are Dan and Greta’s, which had to be edited down several times before the film could be released with an R rating in the U.S.

Executive producer Sara Risher hatched the idea of focusing the story on children and birth, as she was a new mom at the time and constantly worried about her child. Based on this, the crew felt that teenagers and twenty-somethings fans of the original film began to think about starting families and settling down. For fans of earlier films, this would keep the Franchise relevant and unique by incorporating family and birth into the story.

Below are some behind-the-scenes from the making of ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child’.

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