A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors ★★★★½

Got a bold take, I think. Dream Warriors is the greatest horror sequel ever made. Some may site Romero’s Dawn of the Dead to hold this title, or even Raimi’s Evil Dead II, Cameron’s revisionist action-horror Aliens, or even more validly (in my opinion) William Peter Blatty’s Exorcist III. Now, all these films and many more have a great case for the honor, but NONE of them compare to the wonderfully campy, terrifyingly hallucinatory, sentimentally comfortable & unfathomably imaginative lore-expanding sequel that keeps Craven’s vision & heart but ultimately breaks the boundaries of creativity in horror and mixes mid 80’s fantasy VFX/practical effects with effective yet campy horror that falls outside the average status quo of a horror sequel by blending themes of mental illness, suicide, trauma & ptsd. It feels like the more I watch this the closer it gets to being better than Craven’s original.

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