A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) Movie Review

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1987 | Horror, Thriller, Action, Fantasy
96 minutes /

User Score: 66/100

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Review


Survivors of undead serial killer Freddy Krueger - who stalks his victims in their dreams - learn to take control of their own dreams in order to fight back.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) is an American slasher action, fantasy horror that is the third film in the Nightmare on Elm Street series and is a sequel to A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). The movie had an estimated budget of $4.5 million and grossed over $44.7 million at the box office. Director Chuck Russell (The Mask (1994), Eraser (1996), The Scorpion King (2002)) did an excellent job executing this killer movie. The film contains sexual content, nudity, scares, horror, thrills, tension, frightening scenes, violence, blood, bad language, and drug use.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors is slightly different from its previous films because the victims are putting up one hell of a fight. Kristen Parker (Patricia Arquette - Medium (2005-2011), Boyhood (2014), True Romance (1993), Lost Highway (1997)) barely survived the last attack from Freddy. Kristen became a patient at a treatment facility for teens suffering from different forms of psychosis which are good until a new intern arrives that has an all too familiar face.

Nancy ( Heather Langenkamp - A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), New Nightmare (1994), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)) started to study dreams so that she can understand and deal with what she went through. She discovers the perfect place and time to test her theory. Nancy is not the only one in the facility which is trying to face their dreams as there is also a group of teens that are the last of the Elm Street children. Kristen was fighting Freddy when she pulled Nancy into her dream. Dr. Neil Gordon (Craig Wasson - One Life to Live (1968), Body Double (1984), Malcolm X (1992)) is trying to train the teens in the facility to take their tormentor down.

The subplot where a nun wearing white garments appears to Neil numerous times was both interesting but perplexing at the same time. The nun warns him that he should not trust science after he did not believe what his patients were telling him. I loved every bit of it when she said Freddy’s origin story which occurred in an abandoned wing of the same hospital/facility that they are in which was once a psychiatric ward for the criminally insane. The wing was closed after a prisoner held a female as his prisoner in the room while repeatedly raping her leading her to get pregnant with a son who was seen as a bastard, Freddy. The nuns and Neil character/performance was sometimes unconvincing.

One of the most impressive creative kills was the first death in the movie where Phillip, who likes to make puppets, was introduced to us while touring the wards. One of Phillips creations somehow transforms into Freddy and came alive leaving Phillip to wake up in his dream only to see Freddy standing at the foot of the bed. You will have to see what happened next. I am a huge Freddy Krueger fan, so my reviews might be biased.

About A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors 1987

Title: A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
Year: 1987
Runtime: 96 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Action, Fantasy
Score: 4.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.25/5 stars from 137 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 137
Starring: Robert Englund, Laurence Fishburne, Heather Langenkamp, Clayton Landey, John Saxon, Jennifer Rubin, Rodney Eastman, Kristen Clayton, Priscilla Pointer, Ken Sagoes, Brooke Bundy, Jack Shea, Dick Cavett, Patricia Arquette, Bradley Gregg, Ira Heiden, Penelope Sudrow, Sally Piper, Rozlyn Sorrell, Nan Martin, Stacey Alden, Michael Rougas, Paul Kent, Mary Brown, Melanie Doctors, Donna Durham, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Crystal Echeverria Adams, Craig Wasson, Trisha Lawson Adams
Writers: Wes Craven, Bruce Wagner, Frank Darabont, Chuck Russell
Director: Chuck Russell