Pat289’s review published on Letterboxd:
That moment when one of the leads in a horror sequel says something like "I think this time we're going to defeat him for good" and you see there are four more movies in the boxset but it doesn't matter because this sequel rocks! (Seriously, it has a rock song by Dokken which really slams)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors goes back on track by sticking to the established rules about Krueger's powers more closely than the previous movie (which, as of now, seems kind of skippable to me). This third franchise entry is a more direct sequel to the original by bringing back familiar characters in neat ways and upping the ante in many ways - the use of puppetry and stop-motion is really effectively done. It also continues the pattern of bringing in people who got big careers later on (hello, baby versions of Patricia Arquette and Laurence Fishburne!)
While it isn't as hauntingly eery as the original and is more of a fun pop horror film, Dream Warriors still has its share of legitimately creepy and horrifying moments (that sleepwalking scene, damn!)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors is going into a more fun, cheeky direction than the original but still sticks closer to what made it great than the second one. Both as a sequel and on its own, it's a nice Halloween watch (or any other day, if you're into the horror genre).