A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

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

Now this is how you make a horror sequel. Far better than Freddy's Revenge. Everything is this movie logically flows from the first movie. Freddy is still going after the last of the Elm Street kids. Many of these kids have been put into a institution because of sleep disorders. Nancy went to school to study dreams. All of these are just logical progression of the story set forth in the first movie.

One of the other things that makes this movie work is the little bit of Freddy's back story that we get. Delving into your killer's back story is a risk, if done incorrectly it can make you villain less scary. However, in this movie they give us just enough of his back story move the story a long but not so much that it messes up the character. This is the movie where we learn that Freddy is the "bastard son of 100 maniac" and something about that just makes him so frightening.

Bringing Nancy back was also a great idea. She was the one that beat him in the first movie so it stands to reason that Freddy would love to get his hands on her again. Having them go head-to-head again was a perfect direction to take the movie, even if she wasn't the main character. Her run in with Freddy as a teenager has really effected her life and it was interesting to see that. It is not something we get to see in a lot of sequels.

Another thing that makes this movie work so well is the new cast of characters. All of these kids that are being threatened by Freddy are very likable. This is something you don't get in a lot of horror movies these days. In modern horror movies the kids are either completely unlikable or lack any personality so they are just cannon fodder for your killer. You actually want this kids in this movie to survive. You feel for them, you want them to defeat Freddy. That is something that I miss in horror movies, rooting for the good guy.

It was nice to have Freddy actually back in the dream world after all the time he spent in the real world in Freddy's Revenge. However, the part where he inhabits his own skeleton to fight Sheriff Thompson and Dr. Gordon was a little out of place. It was really cool to see though so I forgive it, kind of a horror homage to Jason and the Argonauts. The way the dream world was presented in this one was fantastic as well. I loved getting to see the kids use their dream powers against Freddy.

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