High production value and some creative ideas make this the most gothic sequel. Unfortunately, most of the ideas are explorations of not so interesting Freddy Krueger's origins from part 3. And they are combined with pregnancy of the main heroine. So, final result is a movie that takes itself too seriously for what it is, and some scenes are just embarrassing to watch. Still, it's passable for the fifth entry.
At least the series still have a red thread with elements that are continued from the former one and Robert Englund is still watchable, but the death sequences, story and dreams are on auto-pilot now. A terrible child actor don't help either and there is an obvious ending and laughable story about Krueger needing a protege. Close to being the worst film but barely as the second one is so much more stupid.
Wow. Where to begin with this one? I am a huge horror fan and for the most part I love the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. However, even as a huge fan of the series I struggle to find anything redeemable about this entry. The plot is convoluted and ridiculous. The characters are shallow and dull. To top it all off the kills and dream sequences just feel uninspired. The Dream Child is borderline unwatchable...
Arguably the most visually, conceptually audacious film in the franchise so far. One of the best utilisation of the dream sequences, as well as an outlandish plot make this a big improvement on #4. However... there is a peak on dodginess, and the acting, dialogue and plain messiness of this prevent it from rivalling #1 or #3.