Friday, October 18, 2019

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

Director: Chuck Russell
Year: 1987
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 36 minutes

A group of teens at a mental hospital face off against Freddy Kruger with the help of the new psychological intern who has experience with such matters.

Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) and Kristen Parker (Patricia Arquette) talk during group therapy in a movie still for the film "A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors"
"Dream deprivation is nothing to fool around with." (Image Source)
Dream Warriors sounds like a kick-ass name for a heavy metal band. Oh, it was already the name of a hip hop duo? That works, too! "A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors" is directed by Chuck Russell, who would go on to direct films like "The Blob," "The Mask," and "Eraser." He also helped write the screenplay with Bruce Wagner, Frank Darabont, and franchise creator Wes Craven. The story follows a teenager named Kristen Parker (Patricia Arquette), who gets committed to a mental hospital after what her mother believes was a suicide attempt. In actuality, she was attacked by Freddy Kruger (Robert Englund) in her dreams, which left her with a slashed wrist. It turns out that all the other teenagers at the hospital have also had their dreams invaded by Freddy. Hospital doctors believe Kristen and the other patients are suffering from a form of mass hysteria. However, the new psychological intern, Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp), has faced off with Freddy in the past and knows better. Nancy could be just what the doctor ordered to help these kids defeat their supernatural foe.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors movie still where three kids try to kill Robert Englund's Freddy Kruger
"You're the last of the Elm Street kids." (Image Source)
After the slight derailing that was "A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge," the "Nightmare on Elm Street" series gets back on track with "Dream Warriors," the third, much better installment. With Wes Craven fully back on board, the character of Freddy Kruger (and the overall story in general) returns to its roots as a supernatural feature starring the mass manipulator of dreams. The biggest mistake "Freddy's Revenge" made was bringing Freddy into the physical world too much, where he's not very strong. In the dream world, anything is possible, and Kruger is essentially an all-powerful being free to torture and torment as he pleases. The dream world also allows for quick setting changes, as well as the manipulation of any nearby object, all while the logic of the Elm Street world stays intact. Freddy isn't the only one with powers in the dream world. The teens from the mental care facility can also manipulate their dreams and their abilities in a world where anything is possible. Bringing back Heather Langenkamp to help the kids was a genius move, and her involvement ties into the story flawlessly. These plot tweaks help elevate "Dream Warriors" slightly within this genre and this franchise. We will admit, we wish that some of the kids had gotten to use their abilities more than they do, but this is a minor complaint. The acting isn't the best, and the characters are mostly one-dimensional with a few notable exceptions, but for the most part, we liked this movie. In fact, we'd call it the number two best film in the franchise.
Movie scene where Freddy Kruger has needles for fingers in "Dream Warriors," the third Nightmare on Elm Street film
"The man in my dreams...he's real, isn't he?" (Image Source)
"A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors" is a fun film that boasts Freddy Kruger at his best as he torments new victims, makes creative kills and showcases interesting deaths. One scene in particular with a mega gross-out factor is the marionette scene, which still sends shivers down our spines just thinking about it. This movie is a blast to watch. We'd advise that you skip "Freddy's Revenge" and go straight to "Dream Warriors." You won't regret it.

My Rating: 7/10
BigJ's Rating: 7.5/10
IMDB's Rating: 6.6/10
RT Rating: 74%
Do we recommend this movie: Yes!

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