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For othher versions of the character, see Greta Gibson (disambiguation).

Greta Gibson was a character who appeared in A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child. She is friends with Alice Johnson, Yvonne Miller, and Mark Gray.

She is the second victim to fall to Freddy Krueger during his fifth on-screen killing spree.

Biography


Personality

Despite her mother's appearance-focused and overbearing parenting, Greta comes off as a genuinely nice person, being both compassionate and playful by nature. She is the most humorous and outgoing one between her, Alice and Yvonne. Greta is deeply annoyed by her mother's control and desires more freedom, and often complains about this to her friends.

History

Background

Greta is friends with Alice Johnson and is an aspiring model. Her mother, Racine, is overbearing and has almost complete control on Greta's lifestyle and eating habits, intending to make her a star model while telling people that "they are always being mistaken for sisters." Greta and her mother are often at blows because of Greta's lack of freedom from her controlling mother.

Role in the Film

Greta first appears at the graduation of Springwood High School along with her friends, Alice Johnson, Dan Jordan, Yvonne Miller, and Mark Gray. At the graduation, Greta receives a lollipop as a gift from Mark, but it is refused by her mother, Racine, annoying Greta.

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She doesn't believe in Freddy at all. Greta, hearing Alice's speech about Freddy Krueger

That night, she joins a graduation pool party with Dan and Mark. They are joined by Yvonne who has just finished a dive into the pool. When Yvonne asks her why she doesn't go swimming, Greta responds that she will be attending a fashion photo shoot later on, arranged by her mother.  When talking about how she dislikes how her mother controls her life, Mark compares her story with his comic character.  Greta teases him, saying he's really weird. When Dan gets called off for a phone call, he tells everyone not to touch his Champagne, but Mark then touches it anyway, causing her to laugh. After Dan comes back from the call, he takes his outfit and prepares to leave to which Mark then describes Dan as 'faster thing on three legs', causing Greta to laugh again.

A few hours later, after Dan Jordan was brutally murdered by Freddy Krueger, one scene shows Greta looking at Dan's picture, mourning over the death of her friend. Her mother then tells her to go to bed. As she leaves, she brings down a doll on her drawer, causing it to smash to the ground. The second day, Alice tries to warn Greta and her two other friends, Mark Gray and Yvonne, about Freddy, but the three don't take her seriously, in words of comfort Greta does tell Alice that even if someone was after her, they would have to go through them first.

Death

Greta being overfed

"You are what you eat!" Greta, overfed with her own inside organs

That same night at a dinner party Racine is holding to promote her daughter's future modeling career, Greta falls asleep at the table. The dream starts out with an argument between mother and daughter about Greta's eating habits when Freddy, who is dressed up as a fancy chef, comes in and locks Greta inside a modified high-chair. He then serves the latter up with a plate containing a self-image replica doll of herself, which he then cuts open. He begins to force-feed its organs to Greta amidst the laughter of the dream versions of the guests and Racine. Greta's cheeks immediately swell up in size from the organs that Freddy is shoving into her mouth. He began mocking her and sardonically tells her "you are what you eat!", revealing that he has been feeding Greta her own organs all along. She starts crying in frustration and pain as Freddy mockingly holds her in his arms, before beginning to violently shake her.

From the perception of Racine and the dinner guests in the physical world, Greta stands up and starts to choke while her arms are flailing, due to Freddy shaking her, but no one in the dining room doesn't know on what is going on. At Alice's home, Greta's dream-self appears to her through her refrigerator door, crying for help. Alice tries to pull her out, only to have Freddy snatch her back into the refrigerator. In the real world, Greta continues to choke and shake until she dies moments later.

After Death

Out of all of them, Mark takes her death the hardest, since he could not tell her that he loved her. Greta appears three times in the movie after that. The first as her soul (along with Dan's), is being fed to Alice's unborn son Jacob so Freddy can absorb it. The second time is in Mark's dream, in a comic book and a hallucination of Greta, being used by Freddy to mock him. And the third is when the soul of herself, Dan, and Mark escape from Freddy after Jacob uses his power on Freddy, which reverting the latter to an infant.

Trivia

  • Greta knows about Mark's crush on her and both her and her mother appear to be disapproving. However Mark and Greta maintain a good friendship and are often seen bantering with each other. 
  • Greta's death is foreshadowed when her doll smashes to the ground. Her face after being force-fed by Freddy Krueger resembles the appearance of the doll. 
  • Greta's death was ranked #8 on Watchmojo.com's list of the Top 10 Freddy Krueger kills. 
  • In The Dream Child, Greta's death was originally going to be gorier; In one scene, Freddy was shown to scoop out more organs from Greta's stomach. Ultimately, at the request of the MPAA, or Motion Picture Association, this scene was cut from the film, due to it being too foul.
  • Kristen, Joey, Kincaid, Rick, Debbie and Sheila knew Greta alongside with Mark and Yvonne with Alice and Dan.

Sources

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