A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)

1h 29m / R / Horror

If the first Nightmare was a fantasy-soaked reaction to the success of Halloween, and the early sequels were chasing a kind of post-Friday the 13th American grand-guinol of comical sadism, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child feels more like a Hellraiser movie than anything else. Visually dark and thematically devilish, Nightmare 5 finds the irrepressible Freddy Krueger once again trying to slash up a bunch of teens and being taunted by nursery rhymes, but it amps up the supernatural and really plays up his nature as a demon, an elemental entity of hatred and violence. That said: a guy is killed by being merged with a motorcycle. This is the second movie in the franchise to feature a custom-written rap song over the end credits. Those seem like the kind of details you should hear about.


Everybody has a favorite A Nightmare on Elm Street movie, but it’s barely worth taking your red and green sweater to the cleaners if you’re only going to come see one! Let Freddy truly haunt your dreams – and your entire Saturday – by marathoning all six Elm Street movies on the primary timeline from the 1984 original through Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (yes, we know there were tangents like Freddy vs. Jason and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, but there are only so many hours in the day).

In a true test of your Freddy fandom, we’ll start the screenings at 10:00am, and run them in sequence – with a few minutes in between for comfort breaks and popcorn refills – through midnight:

  • 10:00am – A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
  • 12:30pm – A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)
  • 3:00pm – A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
  • 5:30pm – A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
  • 8:00pm – A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
  • 10:30pm – Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

The All-Day Nightmare Pass is $40, or $35 for Theatre Members.


Support is provided by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.