A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors ★★★½

Part III of Running the Franchise: A Nightmare on Elm Street

The Film : Well, that's more like it. After the weird dream-less detour of Part 2 , Dream Warriors marks a return to form. Sure, it never quite reaches the same atmospheric heights of the original, because it's way too cheesy at times - in bad ways (that wizard master shit, yeesh) and good ones (awesome end credit song!). This time good ol' Freddy hunts some poor teens in a psychiatric ward, a setting that fits the film perfectly. In addition, not only does Nancy Thompson return as some sort of dream specialist, there are also some other recognizable faces in the cast. This year's Oscar winner Patricia Arquette plays a girl tormented by Freddy, who possesses a unique quality to fight him and even a young Larry Fishburne shows up as an orderly with a big heart.
I like the character of Nancy Thompson, but her actress Heather Langenkamp disappointed me once again. She only has two acting modes: baffled and slightly less baffled. All that together with some incredibly flat line reading and you got yourself a performance that isn't worth the film it's leading.
Other than that Dream Warriors provides some great entertainment with inventive dreams, a mostly game cast and a nice lived-in quality conitinuity-wise.

Kill Korner : Again, nothing too special here, but I liked the TV one for its bluntness. What I liked most was Freddy's attempt to kill a character by swallowing her like a monstrous snake. Pretty gross and fun at the same time. Also, there is a pretty emotional death at the end that was handled quite well.

How's Freddy Doing? Freddy is back in great form and we even learn something about his past as a little innocent bastard child of 100 maniacs. This time around Freddy really loves to call women bitches, which I contribute to his poor upbringing by his many dads. "Where's my fucking bourbon, bitch!" indeed.

Insanity meter : Everything is still okay, I'm a little bit exhausted, but Dream Warriors is way too entertaining to stress me out. I mean, c'mon, Freddy's wearing a tuxedo in this!

Next up: A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master , a film I know absolutely nothing about. This could go either way...

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