A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors ★★★½

I wouldn't say I was a massive fan of ANoES2, but I could enjoy most of it for what it was; a teen slasher movie that was capitalising on the considered success of the original Wes Craven classic. However, I was expecting more of the same from the rest of the series, which doesn't exactly whet the appetite for more Freddy Krueger...

...BUT! This film is actually pretty bloody good! They seem to have gone back to making a decent story with great effects, instead of attempting the same shtick again from Freddy's Revenge and just having some awesome, creative make-up and effects held loosely together with some semblance of a plot. No, Dream Warriors has both.

There was the fear that having four people all writing the script (including Craven himself and Frank Darabont, actually) that it would be a little messy; like there were too many ideas being squashed into one film. This wasn't actually as much of a problem at all in the end as it turns out as it was all cut together neatly and the plot flowed nicely at a steady pace.

In terms of creativity of deaths, design etc, it probably wasn't the strongest of the 3 films, however what it did have was more screen time for Krueger to be Krueger. He had snappy one liners, he struck great and creepy poses, and actually interacted with more of the cast than in previous films where he would slash up most people but only seem to deal directly with one or two people. It just gave the film an extra edge that increased the amount of enjoyment I got out of it.

The new characters themselves were actually fairly one-dimensional, but it doesn't matter as they were all used to great effect. To have them all "duking" it out in a dream world was inspired and allowed for some great scenes to take place. Some of the performances and lines of dialogue let the film down at times; although it was great to have "Nancy" back in a stronger, more grown up role, I'm still not sure about her acting ability!

One other thing that I felt was lacking somewhat was the sense of terror; it didn't really seem to have as much tension as the original. It felt slightly more "comedic" without being outright parody, but still made up for it by using Freddy much more keenly.

All in all, it's a very entertaining film with a few flaws to it but much better than the film that came before it. It has restored my faith in the franchise a little after being disappointed previously.

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