A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

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

It is incredible to see what these first three Elm Street films manage. Each is highly enjoyable while also building upon the ideas of the last. Unlike Friday the 13th or Halloween, the style and tone vary significantly in the early sequels. Dream Warriors would be the last real innovation before the franchise found its niche in creative and comical death scenes. There is still a trace of horror here.

It’s also interesting seeing what a composer like Angelo Badalamenti brings to the series. His new themes pair well with those of Bernstein’s, which helps the film draw more than plot-related connections to the first film. Nothing Badalamenti adds matches the brilliance of the NoES theme, but it works well enough. You can even hear the occasional synth tone that’d pop up later in Twin Peaks. Neat.

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