rylan_reviews’s review published on Letterboxd:
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Best Scene: Puppet Kill
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors was an absolute blast. With a change in tone from the original, Robert Englund was able to step center stage and become the star of the show. While he is still scary, particularly in the opening, Freddy Krueger became an endlessly watchable and darkly comedic killer. His vulgar wisecracking made the character even better and the kills are just as memorable. The puppet kill was the greatest thing! Also, Heather Langenkamp as Nancy remains awesome. She gets to become a leader as she starts working with recovering kids. Her character was so likable because she can support the teens with nightmares when no one else will believe them. There was a constant tension in the story that continuously built to an ending that was better than the original for me.
Dream Warriors does get knocked back for the fact that it is very cheesy. When some of the kids get “powers” to fight Freddy, they were simply pretty dumb. The computer effects did not hold up that well and the scene with the Freddy snake was outrageous. I was always enjoying watching this yet a few scenes did take me out of the movie. Also, I am a bit mixed about the doctor's character and how he gets Freddy’s backstory. While it didn’t slow the pacing, the doctor meets with this Nun who keeps dropping exposition. I liked the reveal about the Nun but that plotline was less creative than the rest of the film. Nonetheless, Dream Warriors is a must-watch after the first film. This is an entertaining movie that suffers in moments from being very much a product of the 1980s. Still, this is one of the most underrated slashers and I do not doubt that this will treat viewers to a great time.