Sequels. What can you say about them? Sometimes they’re good, sometimes they’re not. While watching The Dream Child one might get the sensation that it is walking a fine line between good and not good. It certainly takes on board the more goofy aspects of the previous films, but has a certain charm to it.
The story is a little bit like that of The Dream Master. At times it seems okay yet has too many silly moments thrown into the mix. I’d put more stock in the The Dream Master’s story than in The Dream Child’s one. However that doesn’t mean I don’t like The Dream Child. I found that the plot is oddly interesting yet lacks a bit of the charm necessary to make it stand out. It’s a little hard to tell what is happening sometimes, but at least you know when someone’s dreaming. One good thing to note is that they brought back Alice and the story focuses on her again.
As for the effects this time around they’re not so great. There isn’t much that stands out particularly with maybe the exception of the weird Freddy baby thing that comes at the beginning and the end. Then again it isn’t quite what you call scary and looks kind of, well, awkward. There was one bit that seems okay to mention. There is one scene where a load of food in a fridge is rotting and the effects are though a little obvious look kind of awesome. The scene is made sort of gross when a girl bursts out of the fridge with her mouth stuffed with food (don’t ask).
As for the acting it has its ups and few downs. Lisa Wilcox is every bit as good as she was last time, but to be honest it actually seems a little difficult to recognize her which is odd as only a year passed between this and The Dream Master. Freddy was just as amusingly nutty as he was in the fourth film which is unsurprising by now considering how Robert Englund has done a good job ever since the original in 1984. I’m not so certain about Whit Hertford was good as Jacob, but I don’t know, his acting sort of slipped briefly in his last scene which was rather weird. As for Amanda Krueger….she needs a better actress. Seriously Nan Martin was way better than Beatrice Boepple. Also, why is Amanda so much younger than in Dream Warriors?
While there isn’t exactly anything excellent about this sequel there is plenty of redeeming factor to it. The Dream Master was arguably a better film, but it is fair to say that The Dream Child is a good enough effort even if it can’t reach the subdued heights of the entertaining fourth film.