A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

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

“Sorry Kid, I don’t believe in fairytales.”

Contains Spoilers - Also as this is my favorite horror franchise, these reviews will be longer. 

Here comes the fan favorite! As the sequels progress, we come to a divide between horror fans and Freddy fans. Horror fans will tell you Freddy is too comical and the fear factor is gone; Freddy fans will tell you he’s never been better.

In this third installment, Dream Warriors, co-written and directed by Chuck Russell, Freddy has evolved into the wittiest serial killer there is. Combining Robert Englund’s talent and a well-thought out script, Dream Warriors is a solid entry in the franchise. 

Robert Englund brings much skill to this iconic role, his menacing laugh and line delivery being spot on. In a scene with Taryn (Jennifer Rubin), he reveals needles for fingers,  drops his voice an octave, and dead pan delivers the line “Let’s get high.” Borderline hysterical but still creepy. 

Script wise, the premise allows the screenwriters to flex their imagination. There are four screenwriting credits for Dream Warriors (Wes Craven being involved in earlier drafts), resulting in unique kills and a Freddy snake! The characters are also memorable. While Patrica Arquette debuts here, her character spends ninety percent of the film screaming but Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) remains the ultimate scream queen. On the supporting end, Kincaid (Ken Sagoes) gets all the best lines and Sagoes executes them with oomph. 

While the score is noticeably weaker and the pacing off a bit in the second act, this is one that rightfully makes Freddy fans proud. 

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