A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Director: Chuck Russell. Cast: Heather LangenkampCraig WassonPatricia Arquette, Robert Englund, Ken Sagoes

By 1987 Freddy had become a household name and people flocked to see him (well, horror fans at least). After the disappointment of the previous instalment (Which still made lots of money), the producers thought it was wise to bring back Wes Craven who come up with this story. They also hired Frank Darabont as a screenwriter (the man behind who would direct “The Shawshank Redemption” 12 years later, the Green Mile in 1999 and eventually became the creator of the hit series “the Walking dead”) and went back to some of the characters from the original film (Nancy and her dad). They also added to the mix a whole array of young actors, including Patricia Arquette in her first screen role and Laurence Fishburne.The moments where the kids are all interacting together in the dreams are definitely some of the highlights in the film and in fact this is probably the best the series will ever be (it’s all downhill from now): the story is rather clever, different but with enough call-backs to the original mythology and after the betrayal of part 2, at least most of the “rules of the game” are restored (i.e. people only get killed in the dreams and Freddy doesn’t walk among real people).

It’s by no means a masterpiece and it just about gets away with it reaching my 3-stars mark. There are plenty of ropey scenes here and there (the stop motion skeleton towards the end is just bad, just to mention one), but the film does have some inventive moments too, mainly centred around the various dream sequences where the special effects are used to maximum effect, especially considering the very low budget: the scenes where one of the kids being dragged like a marionette from his own tendons by a giant Freddy is actually very effective.By now Freddy’s lost some of the mystique and that dark side which was so terrifying from the original. Even though he has already started coming up with a couple of silly one-liners (“Welcome to prime time, bitch!” he says before smashing a victim’s face into a tv screen) we’re not quite there at the completely outrageous levels of clown from the later sequels.The ending comes so abruptly that it really looks like they had run out of money (or ideas) and thought “oh well, let’s end it!”.

Just like I’m about to do with this review.

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