Jake Roblez’s review published on Letterboxd:
As good as the original, but not too fair to compare them.
The first Nightmare is very much a straight played horror film. This third one is still horror, but runs off into a different direction that the franchise will continue to follow. (The second can almost be ignored as it really has little to no effect here).
What this movie does super well is show off incentive and impressive special effects for it's kills and dream sequences. Some of the monster moments and gore are extremely well done and are so gross and scary to look at, you can tell the actors don't need to try very hard to act scared. This movie really impressed me and I can only fault it for a lackluster score that sometimes bordered on Resident Evil 1 (game) cheesiness.
This is definitely some definitive classic horror. One thumb up. Rent on DVD.
Bechdel Test: passed