A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

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

It may be still below the first movie, but A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors is a big improvement from Freddy's Revenge. That movie just felt like a repeat of the original but Dream Warriors doesn't. Even if it does get some of the same characters back from the original, it's a way more creative and unique movie than the second one. I'll get the few problems I had with the movie out of the way first. The story itself is a lot better than the second movie, but it still ends how you would expect it to, there are not a whole lot of scary moments, some of the effects look pretty bad, and I wasn't a fan of Patricia Arquette's performance. Out of everybody in this, she was just the only one that just didn't quite work for me. Maybe it's just me but her acting wasn't all that strong here. Anyway, let's move on to what is good about this movie because there is a lot. The story itself is a lot more engaging than in Freddy's Revenge, the cinematography is good, the musical score is decent, the direction is great, the humor surprisingly delivered some genuinely funny moments, the pacing moves along well and never feels too slow, the characters are much more likable here, and the effects are "for the most part" fantastic. Some of them look bad, but about 80% of them look great. The dream kill sequences are easily some of the best parts of the movie. Between how brutal and bloody the kills are, all of the different make-up and effects used, and the fact that the movie is set in a Psychiatric Hospital just makes these sequences stand out even more. The bonus of all of these special effects being practical also helps. Finally, there are the performances. Outside of Patricia Arquette, everyone else here is very good. The returning faces from the first film are great and most of the new cast members are good as well. Of course, Robert Englund is still amazing as Freddy Krueger and he steals the show whenever he is on screen. Overall, Dream Warriors is a fun and very good Nightmare on Elm Street sequel. Nothing will top the original, but for a franchise that after Freddy's Revenge was already starting to run out of steam, this was a good way to inject some much-needed life back into it. For fans of the series, it's a solid one to watch and I might just continue watching the rest of these movies throughout the rest of this month. Don't expect me to get through them all though.

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