The Dream Child marks a definite decline in the quality of the series, which is really saying something. An interesting and creepy central concept – the dream killer attempting to reach nemesis Alice through the dreams of her unborn child – is smothered beneath Freddy’s mouthy antics and the increasingly ridiculous death sequences. The uneven tone distracts from director Stephen Hopkins’ attempts to return the series to its dark roots, complete with an impressive Gothic atmosphere. The high/low-light comes when a comic book geek is sucked into one of his drawings (just like in the A-ha music video for Take On Me), turned to paper and shredded by Krueger.
Head over to Eye for Film to read my full review of the film and its special features.