A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

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

Those little slices of Death.
How I loathe them."
--Edgar Allan Poe

If this classic quote from the opening scrawl of the movie doesn't nail the Nightmare on Elm Street mythology to the T, I don't know what does.

Profound and eloquent, ... and then we segue way to Dokken's "Into the Fire." And this, my friends, tells us all we need to know as the movie turns serious societal issues (teen mental health and suicide) into a nightmare-induced fun ride. (It also helps that I was a big Dokken fan back in-the-day.)

Dream Warriors is hands-down the best A Nightmare on Elm Street sequel in the series. The first sequel can be as good as the first (T2, Aliens, Wrath of Khan), but rarely is the third movie on par with the first. 

The practical effects in this are just excellent. I actually tried to pick a favorite scene and I couldn't. And Freddy's epic one-liners. You can't add dark comedy if your slasher killer is like Jason or Michael and never talks.

And what a memorable cast -- Patricia Arquette in her feature debut, Heather Langenkamp as Nancy from the original, Larry Fishburne as the coolest orderly in movie history, Craig Wasson who forever will be "the guy in Body Double," and last but not least, the indomitable Robert Englund as Freddy.

It's not perfect -- it suffers from pacing issues, inconsistent acting, a few cheesy scenes and an over-used finale trope, but as a product of the 80's, re-watching this for the first time in decades just felt good.


Watched for Horror Hunt #35 (May 2021)

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