A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

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

I always think of NOES 3 as proof that sequels can work well and show fresh ideas with established characters. To his credit, Wes Craven knew that and did it more than once. 

The story’s different and familiar to the first two NOES - but there’s an interesting change. Freddy was seemingly tied to Elm Street the first two movies, but this time he’s able to go where he pleases, which turns out to be a psychiatric hospital to harass his sleep deprived prey. Instead of fighting off sleep these teens learn to harness it to their advantage, taking the fight to Freddy while they’re led by the returning Nancy Thompson. 

The effects are really good, for the most part, though a few (like the hall of mirrors) could’ve benefited with some more modern tech. The kills are impressive and hold up well.

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