Robert Berlin’s review published on Letterboxd:
I remember watching this film many years ago and that I thought it was good so I decided to rewatch it today. It turns out I was wrong the first time I watched this film, this film is not good, this film is actually fucking fantastic!
After a suspenseful opening scene that introduces us to one of our young main characters the film swiftly moves on to a group of unusual kids who stays in a psychiatric ward because of numerous "suicide attempts" caused by horrific nightmares. At this point the film feels like some sort of mix between "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Breakfast Club", a mix that works out great!
None of these young actors are going to win any awards for their performances in this film but they do good enough for me to feel invested in the group and care for them as they struggle to stay alive. Robert Englund however is the true star of the film and his passionate performance and witty one-liners makes it clear why Freddy Krueger is one of the greatest villains in horror film history. I also have to give some credit to Laurence Fishburne for his performance as the kind-hearted orderly Max who I swear would end the film early if he got his hands on Freddy.
This film is arguably the point where the "A Nightmare on Elm Street-franchise" went for a more comedic style and pushed aside the actual horror-elements, but that doesn't stop the film from having some gruesome deaths and scary moments. A certain death-scene involving some horrific puppetry is easily one of the most creative and sadistic deaths to ever be put in a film. And the comedic stuff ain't exactly bad either! (Welcome To Primetime. BITCH!).
So to put it all together, Dream Warriors is a film that has a lot to offer in terms of horror, humor, likeable characters and charismatic villains. I would actually go as far as to say that it is even better than the original Elm Street film from 1984 (and absolutely better than the second film in the series). If you haven't seen this film yet do yourself a favor and watch it right now, or else Freddy might just be coming for you.
Oh I almost forgot something. The Dokken song that was made for this movie is the most amazing rock song ever written for a movie!