A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

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

What a debut film. Chuck Russell is one of those studio filmmakers that I don't think has a distinct style, but always understands the task at hand. I loved his The Blob remake, and grew up endlessly rewatching his take on The Mask and The Scorpion King (yes, The Mummy spin off with Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson). Now, this is a selection of films with varying degrees of quality, but Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors? So good. Better than the first? I'd say so.

There are a LOT of ideas thrown at the wall. This very much feels like a first time horror director experimenting with the genre, and what better landscape to experiment upon than with Freddy Kreuger? We've got claymation, Harryhausen-esque skeleton effects, zanier body horror elements, and Freddy's first (and best?) one liner.

There are moments where it feels a bit long in the tooth, but the balls-to-the-wall approach to ideas and fantastical dream sequences really makes for an engaging Freddie movie.

Not to mention, a score from Angelo Badalamenti and a supporting role from a young Laurence (Larry) Fishburne? Chef's kiss.

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