BrayMitch01’s review published on Letterboxd:
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A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors is a surprisingly good movie. It’s been a few years since I watched the first film of this franchise, I wasn’t in love with it originally but it’s grown with me over time, and last year I saw the sequel which was seriously messy yet I found myself very much looking forward to the third film of this horror series. While the first film may be better and more well made I would honestly say I like this sequel more than the iconic original. Where that film follows a set path of our protagonist trying to survive Freddy as her friends are slowly killed off, a format that is effective, this film takes a different approach that surprised me with it’s balance and willingness to try something new. On our journey throughout this film we watch as the mythology around Freddy is expanded, a downright clever element of character group connection is added, drama is utilized, and the kills get incredibly creative all the while conveying a consistent atmosphere of terror.
Despite the horror high stakes and dramatic undertones there’s just the right amount of humor brought up too. Some of Freddy’s one liners had me genuinely laughing in an ironic way. As expected the story has many flaws within certain side plot points and the balance of supporting characters but for the most part I loved the story as a whole. The ending felt really rushed too. I remember reading that the Duffer Brothers used this film as inspiration for Stranger Things season four and it totally makes sense as both draw heavy connections to each other. When it comes to horror it really doesn’t get much more 80s-esque than this film, something that seems to attach the Duffers like a moth to a lamp. The performances from the whole cast of teenagers and adults were really good. I’m surprised Patrica Arquette didn’t do more horror films because she’s a great scream queen along with being a great actress in general. Also for 1987 in a film most critics and studio heads didn’t care that much about the practical effects are fantastic for their time. Some of the effects in Freddy’s kill scenes were even better than most visual effects nowadays. The makeup on Freddy when he reveals his chest near the end of the film was fantastic as well. Overall A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors is a clever and memorable slasher that never fails to provide a fully enjoyable experience full of horror.
🔜Fright Night (2011)