Xplodera’s review published on Letterboxd:
When Stephen King named his group of friends in It “The Losers Club”, he shed light on a pivotal aspect of much horror fiction. Here were the people in the periphery, the kids who never were the coolest, best or most privileged and suddenly there’s a home and community for them. Released a year later, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors opens a similar door, a warm, embracing empathy for those who fall outside the system and ends up stuck in the institution. I have no first-hand experience of psychiatric youth care, but the collective power of this film reaches broad enough to embrace anybody with an understanding of that alienated feeling.
Taking this concept, Dream Warriors functions as a fantastic continuation and evolution of the Elm Street-ideas, utilizing the nightmarish horror to literally battling inner demons. It becomes such a powerful wish-fulfillment, allowing the kids in this Loser Gang to—for once—exist on their own premises and become leaders of their own fate instead of being stuck in the institutionalized structures. Freddy Kreuger’s goofy slaughters are only part of the terror, the prime horror here is an adult world that rather sees these kids pumped full of drugs and pills instead of for once trying to take them seriously.
It’s a film for us. For all who have felt that deaf ear from those seemingly in power, for those who’ve found the incredible strength when someone actually listens. When somebody takes your hand, shows a little empathy and reminds you, we’re in this together.