Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors (1987) Reviewed

One of my all-time favorite horror movie posters. It appears to have been designed prior to casting considering that Kincaid (left, holding bat) is black.

One of my all-time favorite horror movie posters.

The second Elm St. sequel wisely ignores part two. The last of the Elm Street kids are all hospitalized in a mental ward because their nightmares have been causing weird behavior and suicidal tendencies. Nancy (Heather Langerkamp), sole survivor of Elm St. 1, returns as a counselor to save the kids from what she knows is the real trouble: Freddy Krueger. We get some back-story on Freddy that reveals that he’s “the bastard son of 100 maniacs”…which would be effective if it made any biological sense. Subsequent sequels would prove that the less we know about Freddy, the better. A very young Patricia Arquette plays the lead, Kristen, who’s able to pull others into her dreams. Lawrence Fishburn plays a sympathetic orderly. John Saxon returns as Nancy’s police captain pop. The special effects are first-rate and the story is the strongest in the series. Even the acting is better. Langerkamp, so perfect in part one, seems oddly out of her depth here. There is a disturbing cameo by Zsa Zsa Gabor and Dick Cavett. Director, Chuck Russell, also made the excellent remake of The Blob the following year, but hasn’t done much of consequence since then. The titular theme song, by Dokken(!), had a fairly popular video on MTV. This was the high point of the NoES sequels and every sequel that followed was worse than the one before it. ***

Watch the trailer for Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors:

~ by Number5ive on July 20, 2009.

One Response to “Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors (1987) Reviewed”

  1. This, I think, other than the first movie was the series’ highlight. Frankly, I don’t remember the second movie in the series even a little bit. And if I’m not mistaken, at the time of this movie’s release, you could get “Bastard Son of a Thousand Maniacs” as a t-shirt through Fangoria.

    Yeah, and I think Langerkamp was on pills throughout this, she’s so unmoving.

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