A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
A New Line Cinema Release
Original Theatrical Release Date: February 27th 1986
Plot: Freddy returns once again, this time targeting "The last of the Elm Street children" who are now all current residents at a psychiatric hospital. Also returning is Freddy's first nemesis, Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp). Sleeping and slashing ensues.
With A Nightmare On Elm Street 3, New Line Cinema gets the opportunity to further expand on it's franchise, and thankfully part 3 does it well. The Dream Warriors is a blend of good storytelling with likable characters and a visual panache. Writer/Director Chuck Russell had previously tackled the screenplay for the similar Nightmare movie, Dreamscape. That film was also inventive and fun, and that carried over here as well into Russell's next film after this, an exciting remake of The Blob (1988). He has since abandoned making Horror Films and that's a real shame. He has a real knack for them.
Part 3's focus is largely on these kids with disparate personalities and who are unified by the common bond of dealing with the man of their nightmares. The film's young cast, led by a young Patricia Arquette, really makes you miss films of the era. These teenagers are not the typical stock, overly attractive, sexed up versions of today. These kids felt real, and it made their struggle all the more relatable. And when original Final Girl Nancy enters the picture, you suddenly have the recipe for a really fun movie that becomes a nice companion to the first film. She confirms all these kids fears, serves as their mentor and mother figure (making up for her own lousy drunk mom) and gets to face off with Freddy once again.
A Nightmare On Elm Street 3 is the rare Horror film in a franchise that retains a focus on characterization while delivering the thrills. One wonders how it would have turned out if Wes Craven at the time would have tackled the project himself (He wrote the original first draft of the Screenplay, and didn't except New Line's deal to direct the film himself) As it stands, the film is very enjoyable, and a lot better than it has any right to be considering it is part number 3---which historically hasn't always been the best number for a film in a series. Besides some of the effects feeling a tad dated, Dream Warriors surprisingly still manages to rock after all these years.
I am the Wizard Harry Potter?
She's beautiful... And bad!
And a little Dokken action:
Poor Joey. His sexy nurse isn't what she appears to be. Such is life.