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1987 | R | Horror, Thriller, Action, Fantasy
96 minutes / 1h 36min

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Plot Synopsis:

Picking up where the original Nightmare left off, Nancy has grown up and become a psychiatrist specializing in dream therapy. She meets a group of children at a local hospital facing Freddy Krueger, the same demon she once encountered in her sleep. One of them is Kristen, who has the power to draw other people into her dreams. Working with a male doctor assigned to the case, Nancy helps the kids realize their special abilities within the nightmare world. When Freddy captures one of her charges, she leads a rescue attempt into Krueger's domain, in hopes of putting his spirit to rest once and for all.

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

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.

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 9
  • Overall Score: 7.25
  • IMDB: 6.6
  • MetaCritic: 4.9
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 7.4

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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: 3.62/5 stars from 60,429 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 60,429
MPAA Rating: R
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Cast 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, 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, Patricia Arquette, Bradley Gregg
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Writers: Wes Craven, Bruce Wagner
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Director: Chuck Russell
Production: Media Home Entertainment
Language: English
Country: USA