A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

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

Horror x52 - Sequel

From the opening moments, this feels like the true sequel - the shots of kids playing with skipping ropes, singing the Freddy theme tune - already there is more atmosphere in the first 5 minutes of Dream Warriors. Heather Langenkamp is back even though she is miscast as the youngest psychiatrist on earth, it feels like we are in a good place it's sheer relief limited acting abilities or not; the identity in the series is found once again.

The dreams sequences are utilized to full effect again, the death scenes are inventive (The head through the TV screen is a favorite) and that's thanks to the great effects. Angelo Badalamenti is on board as a composer and thus the score is infinitely better than the previous two outings.

Dream Warriors provides some fleshed-out background to Freddy Krueger and it's as nasty as it should be, Krueger wasn't yet a pun machine but still, he produced a couple of zingers here, To Zsa Zsa Gabor on TV as she dribbles on - "Who gives a fuck what you think?" a highlight. The finale as cheesy as some of it is is really fun - it loses its tone of fear in the last 3rd unfortunately. What keeps this from being better is the casting of Craig Wasson who really is as dull as they come.

All in all, it's a good return and a worthy sequel.

Block or Report

Shaun liked these reviews