Barry Daulton’s review published on Letterboxd:
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3, how do I love thee let me count the ways: 1 the film that establishes exactly what Freddy is going to do and be for the rest of the franchise, adding humor to the horror and gore. 2 freaking Dokken, 3 the return of Heather Langenkamp as Nancy, 4 Patricia Arquette, 5 Angelo Badlamenti, 6 Wes Craven back as writer, 7 Laurence Fishburne. No doubt it is a personal movie for me. When I was 6 years old my dad took me to see the original. I was a fan of horror movies like Poltergeist, but the first movie scared me so bad I honestly blacked out the whole experience. So after that I shied away from a lot of horror until I rented this movie right after it was first released on VHS and I completely fell in love, it launched my love of Freddy and my love of all things horror. It is funny that the best sequel to the franchise followed the worst sequel in the franchise. It's not just the best of the rest, it is a downright good movie.