A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

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

"Dream Warriors" was the sequel fans of the original wanted. While NOES 2 has its fans, it left many of us confused. Why would Freddy want to leave the dream world where he is a god to come back to the real world by possessing a kid who hadn't come out of the closet? What did Freddy have against that bird? Am I the only one who thought that gym coach needed to be fired? Not for his sexual orientation but who finds a student in an S&M bar and then takes him back to the school to run laps? It was weird.

NOES 3 finds Nancy and her father (the always rad John Saxon) back. Nancy is now a "dream counselor" who is helping the Elm Street kids fight back against Freddy.

I saw "A Nightmare on Elm Street 3" in a cinema on opening weekend. At the time, I thought it was absolutely brilliant. On rewatch, I still love it but it has problems: Frank Darabont apparently nearly walked away from the script because he thought a lot of co-writer Chuck Russell's ideas were ridiculous (Freddy the son of a thousand maniacs?); Wes Craven lamented that it began the one liners that robbed the villain of his menace; the "dream warriors" don't warrior much; Heather Langenkamp and Craig Wasson still can't act their way into a community theater production of "Springtime for Hitler," etc.

Yet, it is still a lot of fun. It has the amazing Dokken on the soundtrack and Jennifer Rubin is hot...so. Following the IMDB rating system, I give it 7.5/10 and call it a buy.

*This review is party of my attempt to watch, review and rate as many horror movies as possible year-by-year beginning in 1972 (the year I was born) until the present in order to compile Top 10 lists for each year and decade. Tune back in daily for more.

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